Happy 2011, Bookworld!

Happy Three Kings! Forgive me for this belated post. I offer no explanations, other than the holiday hang-over slash laziness. 😀

I want to start this post by saying that I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous year, bookwise and otherwise. 2010 has proven to be fruitful in my bookish world:

  1. I got a handful of books as gifts from generous friends and relatives. Oh, I thank you all!
    • February: At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks
      This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti
    • March: An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers
    • October: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
      The Door to December by Dean Koontz
      Parang Kaning Isusubo by Ed Lapiz
    • December: The Upside of Adversity by Os Hillman
      As Sure As The Dawn by Francine Rivers
      The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers
  2. I started to explore and enjoy genres other than my usual fare of suspense/crime/thriller.
  3. I have joined and enjoyed monthly group reads in Goodreads (though not as religiously as I could).
  4. I have made good friends (albeit, virtually) with wonderful Goodreads-The Filipino Group people, special mentions of Jzhun, Tina, Alyn, K.D., and Gracee. I’ll make serious efforts of joining the next meet up.
  5. I have read a number of children’s books and find that I love doing reviews about them.
  6. Nothing beats wonderful finds in Booksale!
  7. I started seriously doing book reviews and eventually setting up this bookblog.

So what wonderful bookish things has 2011 in store for me? One thing is for sure. I wouldn’t be buying any more books than I could read, my room is fast getting to be a fire hazard with all the paper! Since I am dead serious in spending less this year (most of my savings last year went to books), I am joining this challenge from The Bookish Ardour Reading Challenges:

Off The Shelf!

I am doing the On A Roll Level.

Because I know that there will be books I will be dying of having this year (oh yes, I am still salivating over Catching Fire, Mockingjay, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, Paper Towns, Speak, and the list goes on), I don’t want to be too harsh on myself. Which is why I am doing the above challenge with a twist, and this I will call – The Positive Reinforcement Challenge. The Rule: For every 5 books I read and review off my shelf, I will reward myself with one new book. This way, I have enough motivation to read whatever books I already have and at the same time not deprive myself the joys of having to buy a book from time to time. Doesn’t it sound exciting?

I am planning of doing an index of the books I will be reading off my shelf for this challenge. This way, I could keep track of the number of books I have read for this year. Maybe in my next post, since it’s already almost midnight. This is another first for me – keeping track of the books I have read. Am I getting OC or what? 😉

Cheers to a more wonderful 2011 bookworld!

2 thoughts on “Happy 2011, Bookworld!

  1. Oooh I like that challenge. I don’t think I am too disciplined to buy a book after a certain number of books, though. Haha then again, I read about 3 books in a week, so that would be an easy thing to do. Right now my personal condition is I can’t buy books because I need to buy clothes first. What an exchange, eh? 🙂

    Happy new year Lynai! And thanks for the special mention. 🙂 I hope I get to meet you in person this year!

    1. Happy New Year Tina!
      Buying clothes in exchange for buying books is a great deal already. I love to shop for clothes too but buying books always win (especially if the books are from Booksale! much cheaper haha). I am actively following the threads in GR. I’m looking forward to the schedule of the next big meet-up. I hope I could be there by then. 🙂

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