New Year’s Resolution update

At the beginning of the year, I pledged to read at least 100 books for 2012, and that at least 50 would be YA or MG. 100 books was no problem last year, but I think I only had 30 or so that weren’t adult.

So, since it’s almost halfway through the year, let’s see how I’m doing. You have to keep me honest, after all!

Overall stats:

33 books read. Not good. I really, truly think it’s because of Twitter. I’m following so many people (mostly agents and authors) that it takes me forever to catch up on it. And Scramble with Friends… I have an unspeakable addiction to you. Maybe I need to leave my phone downstairs and make bedtime sacred for reading only.

-16 YA/MG titles. The good thing here is that’s almost exactly half of my total reading. So that’s a better ratio than last year.

Man, I just realized what a total *nerd* I am. Never mind. Anyone who’s reading this probably is too. Or is a friend who has long accepted my nerdhood.

Best adult reads so far:

The Lone Wolf – Jodi Picoult

11/22/63 – Steven King

IQ84 – Hashuru Murakami

The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan

Best YA/MG reads so far:

Delirium – Lauren Oliver

Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen

Bitter End – Jennifer Brown

Freak the Mighty – Rodman Philbrick

DISCLAIMER: There may or may not have been multiple James Patterson and (shh!) E.L. James books on this list


Next on the TBR list:

The Future of Us – Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender

Calico Joe – John Grisham

What I’m Reading & Resolutions Update

Wow, I haven’t been on here in a while, except for blogfest posts!

Right now, I’m reading Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, y’know, the Lemony Snicket guy. (We were actually in college at Wesleyan together, overlapping for one year. I think I might remember him a bit. Or maybe I’m just imagining that since he’s somewhat famous.) He’s the author of the Series of Unfortunate Events guy, all of which I listened to on audiobook.

Anyway, I picked it up without even looking at the blurb because I knew I’d like anything he wrote. Plus there’s the title. How could you not want to know why Min and Ed broke up?

What’s unusual about this book is that there are gorgeous paintings (by Maira Kalman). Each chapter starts with another object that explains their break-up, painted beautifully by Kalman on the story’s glossy pages.

I’m in the middle of the book right now, but I’m liking it. I just need to stop putting it down to play on Twitter. 🙂

AND… TOPIC NUMBER 2:  MY RESOLUTIONS!

At the beginning of the year, I vowed to read 50 YA books during 2012. Well, it’s about 8 weeks in, so, to hold myself accountable, here’s my progress:

YA books:

Why We Broke Up (Handler)

Smack (Melvin Burgess)

Ten Miles Past Normal (Frances O’Roark Dowell)

Lock and Key (Sarah Dessen)

The Thirteenth Little Blue Envelope (Maureen Johnson)

Hmmm. That’s actually not that impressive. 6 in 8 weeks. Will I make it?

I think part of my problem is that I spent quite a bit of time reading 1Q84 by Murakami, which was 900 pages! (Good thing my Kindle doesn’t give page numbers, or else I would’ve hesitated to read it!)

Ah well. Keep me honest, blogging world….  I’ll report back in March.

New Year’s Resolution

Writing gurus tell you that to be a writer, you must read. A lot.

Okay, I read a ton. I read every night, think about reading all the time, can’t wait to talk about books. I savor the words and repeat beautiful phrases out loud and mentally edit other people’s books way too much.

But, here’s the thing…

Apparently you’re supposed to read a lot in your genre. And not just read about how to write them.

Technically, I knew that.

But as I look back on my list of books I read in 2011, only about 10% were Young Adult.  That’s not enough! How can I try to publish a YA book if I haven’t read that many of them? What if I’m way off on the kinds of YA that are out there?

So I already made a good start. I’m listening to a Sarah Dessen audiobook, and checked out three YA books from the library.

So if I read a little over 100 books altogether in 2011, how’s this for a goal?

I, Lisa Rosenman, will read 50 or more Young Adult books this year. And you can hold me accountable for that.