'Tis the first Sunday Salon of 2010! Huzzaaaah!
And I thought I'd kick this off by listing a few of my goals (or new year's resolutions) this year. :D
1) Reviewing, Reviewing, Reviewing
Those of you who follow me on Twitter (do it!) will know that my attempt at writing a book review last night was an aggressive one.
I haven't reviewed in so long that I'm out of practice and find that my writing's ... lacking something. Talent, perhaps?
I need to get back into the habit. Especially as I also volunteer to write reviews for a wonderful website called The Book Bag. (Oh ... yeah ... and that whole ambition to write reviews professionally comes into play too.)
So one of my goals is to write reviews for at least 80% of the books I read this year, and at least 50% of the films I watch.
And I need your help with it. If you see my list of 'Books read' (on the left side bar) growing but haven't seen a review since the dawn of time, poke me. Nudge me. Kick me! Make sure I'm reviewing. This blog provides perfect practice for the writing career I'd love.
2) TBR Pile
As of January 1st, 2010, there were 50 books on my TBR pile.
I managed to read 50 books in 2009 so there shouldn't be a problem.
My big reading goal this year is to see the end of my TBR pile. It needs to disappear so that I can start buying new books from my wishlist. XD
3) Weight loss
As I blogged about before, I want to lose weight.
By December, I want to have shed two stone and have toned up. This isn't so much a vanity thing as it is a personal quest to health and fitness. I eat healthily (with the exception to a lot of birthday cake and Christmas choccies); I need the fitness. It'll also give me a chance to try and make my Asthma better. :)
I've rejoined the 100 mile challenge that Trish from Trish's Reading Nook is hosting and, this time, I'm determined to do it. Treadmill starts tomorrow morning!
4) Savings Just another personal goal for me but this year I plan to open a savings account and start saving towards what I really want to do: Travel.
I've been planning these travels for the last ten years. It's about time I put my head down and really do it.
That, and I also need a new computer. I'm trading this old Dell PC in for a 'Desktop Replacement' laptop. Unfortunately I know nothing about computers ... but lucky for me, my better half is a computer nerd.
If any of you do recommend some excellent laptops (price within reason - I only make minimum wage), please leave it in the comments for me. :)
I don't know how far I'm going to go with this one but I'd really like to learn how to play the guitar.
I played violin for eight years and, as a result, can read music. I'd love to be able to play guitar and there's nothing stopping me. (Other than the inevitable cost of a purdy new guitar.)
Smiling makes me feel good.
But I don't do enough of it. I'm also very quick to voice my (grouchy) opinions on certain matters (and people) ... and can regret it because of how I sounded and may have come across.
I want to strive to think before I speak and better myself as a person. :) <3
I got two more books for my birthday last week:
My friend, Philippa, got me the restored edition of Sylvia Plath's Ariel, while my brother bought me Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson. I swear these are two people who know me so well. These were the perfect gifts.
I also wandered into Waterstones, found myself a little birthday treat and bought This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff.
I've always been a fan of the film and have wanted to read this for years. Especially after having read a short story by Wolff called Bullet in the Brain whilst in uni.
That's about it for the first Sunday Salon. I really want to get back into my blogging, full force, so you might start to see the occasional meme pop up as I try and ingratiate myself back into the book blogging and film blogging community.
I do have a question for those of you who are still lovely enough to follow me, though. :)
Is there anything in particular you'd like to see from my blog this year? Anything I could do more of? Anything about me you'd like to know? Any features I could do?
I didn't start this blog to please people. I started it to amuse myself. But I figure if people are taking the time to read my words, I might aswell ask what they'd like to see.
Leave it in the comments. :) TTFN. xx