The Sunday Salon

The Sunday Salon.comGood afternoon and welcome to The Sunday Salon. πŸ™‚ Things around here have been kind of crazy so I haven’t been doing as many regular updates as I’d like. That said, it’s already almost 4 pm here and I’m just sitting down to write my Sunday Salon so you can imagine that this weekend is no different! But there are a couple of things I’d like to update y’all on so here goes.

First of all, I was so pleased and excited to be accepted as a judge for the INSPY awards this year in the category of Literature for Young People. This past week, the winners were announced, so please stop over there and check it out if you haven’t already. I have not reviewed any of the five books that were contenders this year – yet – but I am planning on posting all five days this week with each day devoted to one of the novels. So far I only have one of the posts written but I am determined to get those done. So watch for my thoughts on each book this week!

In other faith-based bookish news, yesterday Amy announced that the Faith and Fiction Roundtable is going to be quite a bit different in 2012. If you don’t recall, Faith and Fiction Roundtable is a group of bloggers who read and discuss faith-based books together, and then everyone posts about each book on the same day – the idea being to generate some real discussion about the books. I participated this year, when it was a specific group of bloggers – the same people all year – reading and discussing the six books. It has been a great experience for me personally, although I know that Amy has been less than satisfied with it overall. So she’s decided to change it up and leave it open to anyone who wants to participate! Plus, in 2012 we’ll only be reading four books, which is a more doable commitment, I think. So please pop on over to her blog, check out the selections, and join us next year for one or all of them!

I have been thinking a lot about what I want my reading to consist of next year. I have decided to eliminate 95% of review copies, for one thing. Basically, I’ll cease accepting all review copies with the following exceptions: TLC Book Tours (and I only plan to do one per month), netGalley, and audiobooks. For another thing, this year I am going to get serious about all those unread books on my shelves, and the way I’m going to do that is by joining theΒ TBR Double Dare. I honestly don’t know if I can stick it out all three months, but it’s something I would like to focus more heavily on all year. In fact, I’m setting a goal for myself of reading 75 of my own books next year (books I have owned prior to January 1, 2012). That sounds like a lot, but it’s probably only going to be about half my books for the year so if I can do that I’ll be thrilled.

As far as what’s been going on with me aside from bloggy stuff, not much besides work, to be honest. I am very ready to have a couple of days off for Christmas (just Christmas Day and the day after, sadly) and I’m REALLY excited for New Years weekend, when I will be traveling to Chicago! For my Christmas/birthday present my sweet hubby was generous enough to buy me a plane ticket, after I explained to him that the only thing I wanted for Christmas was to see my family. It worked, and I’m so excited to spend three days with some of my favorite people as I conclude 2011 and move on to 2012.

What about you? What do you have going on this weekend, and what are your plans for the holidays?

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17 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon

  1. I’m with you about changing up the reading for next year. I’ve committed to some authors for 2012, still staying with TLC Book Tours and NetGalley. But like you I have plans to read from my own shelves and also I’m tired of reading on a schedule!! Good Luck with your plans…and Merry Christmas!

    1. Good luck with reading more from your own shelves! It’s something I try to do every year, but then the shiny new books come in and I can’t resist! This year I’m really going to focus on it.

  2. This holiday just CREPT up on me. I think it’s because we’ve been so stressed at work and I’m not sure if I’m coming or going half the time. Having some downtime is especially nice but it still feels as though I’m kinda out of it.

  3. I’m glad to hear that you are getting the chance to see your family over the holidays! I love reading everyone’s goals for 2012…I find myself mulling over them as I try to figure out my own πŸ™‚

  4. I like the new ideas that you have for your blogging in the upcoming year, and have to agree with a lot of them. I think I am going for the same thing, and a lot of others I know are deciding to give up all the review copies too. I want to read more of what I want, when I want, and when there are review copies everywhere, that just doesn’t happen.

    I am sorry to hear that you only get two days off for the holiday, but I am hoping that you pack those two days with fun and friends, and that you have a great Christmas! I also think it’s so exciting that you will be visiting your family in Chicago, and that your husband was able to get you tickets! That is a really thoughtful and neat gift, and he sounds like a wonderful dude!

    I hope that you have a great week, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

    1. For sure. The more I look at my overflowing shelves I realize how badly I want to read those books… and I can’t read them if I keep accepting every new book that comes my way!

      I am SO excited for Chicago… can’t quite put it into words! LOL. See you soon Heather!!

  5. It’s so interesting to watch bloggers move away from ARCs as others head into them with full force. I decided about two years ago that I just wanted to read what I wanted to read–still get an occasional book from TLC but that’s it. Definitely makes for more pleasant reading!

    Enjoy the trip to Chicago! What a sweet gift from your husband. Happy Christmas, Heather!

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