December 31st, 2007
End of 2007 Blog Post Take Two &%#@

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Takes a sip of wine. Hey, you start your new year out the way that you want to and I’ll start mine out the way in which I hope to continue. *wg*

Yes, I’d put together a LONG, LONG, LOOOOONNNNGGG post and my friggin computer program ate it. AAAAHHHH!!! I’m trying to be Zen about the whole thing as long as Zen means cursing like a sailor and stomping around the house, trying to keep myself from tossing the computer off my desk. Ah, Zen. What would I do without you?

Today is a dear friends birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, T!!! May you have MANY, MANY, MANY more. Yes, I want you to be that old. 😉 I always thought having a birthday on New Year’s Eve would be the bomb. Then the more I thought about it, the more I realized maybe not. It’s too close to Christmas and everyone would be celebrating the New Year. In fact, pretty much from the middle of November through the second week of January gets gypped.

Now onto the good, bad and the read. 2007 seemed to be the year of the extremes. (Hearing the song, ‘That’s Life’ playing in my head.) There were health scares with friends and family, moves (more than the changing address kind), unexpected visits, re-evaluations, etc. You get the picture.

Let’s start with the good that came out of 2007.

1. Friends and family are still with us and in relatively good shape.
2. A new house. (Yep, thats a biggie.)
3. A new agent.
4. Japan trip (it was that good;)
5. Trip back home for Thanksgiving (made my year)
6. New cover art (it’s amazing what new cover art does to a writers outlook)
7. New editor (this falls in the good and bad, since I like them both a lot)

Now to the bad

1. We’re still at war (the suckage of this is obvious)
2. Stress (it was bad this year)
3. Firing an agent (never pleasant)
4. Home loan process (nuff said)
5. Moving during Christmas (will not do that again)
Actually, looking at all this stuff on paper, it doesn’t seem as bad as it felt at the time. I guess that’s hindsight for you.

Now to the good stuff. The following list is what I managed to read this year (now you know why I had the above Zen moment when my computer dumped it): Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn, Hunted by Amelia Elias, Riding Lessons by Amelia Elias, How to Talk to Girls by Neil Gaiman, Howl anthology by Raine Weaver et al (I’d read Raines story, but hadn’t finished the rest of the book until this year.), Kick Ass anthology by Angela Knight et al, Last Resort by Sally Painter, Sleight of Hand by Lauren Dane, Sanctuary by Delilah Devlin, Darkwing 2 by Savannah Russe, Rebound Guy by Jennifer Colgan, Tempting Eve by Cynthia Rayne (re-read), Cal MacDonald 2 by Steve Niles, Blood Secret by Vivi Anna, Dark Lies by Vivi Anna, Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow, Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs, Two Dollar Bill by Stuart Woods, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, Devil’s Bargain by Rachel Caine, Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris, Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris, Nightside 2 by Simon Green, Cold Paradise by Stuart Woods, Dog Lovers (cant remember), Dangerous Games by Lora Leigh, Anita Blake 6 Graphic novel by Laurell K. Hamilton, Cal MacDonald 3 Graphic Novel by Steve Niles, Cal MacDonald 4 Graphic Novel by Steve Niles, Fables 1-3 Graphic Novels by Bill Willingham, Greywalker by Kat Richardson, Lunatic Cafe AB4 by Laurell K. Hamilton, Dark Decent by Christine Feehan (re-read), Blood Price by Tanya Huff, Preacher bk 1 Graphic Novel by Garth Ennis, The Truth about Love by Stephanie Laurens, Melting Ice by Stephanie Laurens (re-read), Rose in Bloom by Stephanie Laurens (three times), Club Dead by Charlaine Harris, Candidate for the Kiss by Angela Knight (re-read), 13 Bullets by David Wellington, Starkissed by Lanette Currington (sp), Werewolves of Malta 1 by Lorie O’Clare, Nightside 3 by Simon Green, Eyes Like a Wolf by Evangeline Anderson, Men of Majick by Rhyannon Byrd (re-read), Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston, 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles, The Warlord and the Fem by Angela Knight, Old Flames by Angela Knight, Nightside 4: Hex in the City by Simon Green, Carnal Appetite by Celeste Anwar (re-read), Enigma by Rachel Bo (re-read), Pleasure Quest by Christine Warren et al, Already Dead by Charlie Huston, Bloody Bones AB5 by Laurell K. Hamilton, Dark Hunter Manga by Christine Feehan, Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris, Constantine: Hellblazer by Jamie Delano, Iceberg by Clive Cussler, X-rated Bloodsuckers by Mario Acevedo, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block, Jinx by Meg Cabot, Ferocious by Sherri L. King, Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance, Fray Graphic Novel by Joss Whedon, Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin, One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, Marked by P.C. Cast, Whisper by Nancy Warren, and Writing for Comics by Alan Moore.

I still feel like I’m missing a few. That’s probably because I started a lot of books and didn’t finish them–not because they weren’t good, they were, but because my mood changed. Looking at the list, I am proud of the fact that I read in so many genres. I’m also happy that I tried a lot of new to me authors.

The breakdown goes something like this:

Contemporary Romances: 4
Paranormal Romances: 23
Urban Fantasies: 18
Young Adult: 2
Graphic Novels/Manga: 10
Writers Help: 2
Historical Romances: 3 (not counting all the re-reads)
Horror: 2 (depending on how you define horror)
Mystery/Suspense/Action: 6

I know the numbers aren’t going to add up. Sigh. But it looks like for 2007, I read 73 books. Not a lot compared to some, but good for me. Twenty-two of which were new authors to me. That’s pretty good, I think. I’d like to raise that number in 2008 to at least 80. How many books did you manage to read this year? Was it more or less than last year? If less, why?

10 comments to “End of 2007 Blog Post Take Two &%#@”

  1. Heh. You’re not counting the books you read by authors who pleaded for feedback. So that ups your count. *g*

    I keep thinking I should count the books I read for the year but I haven’t managed yet. Although I’m using a new journal program with multiple tabs so I can track pages written per day and I’ve started tracking books read in the same place. We’ll see how that works out.

    This wasn’t my easiest year ever, but looking back it was good for me. Now I’m ready to move forward!

  2. Charli, I didn’t count all those. *ggg* I knew I was forgetting some good books. Nods head. Actually, I figure those are a bonus because I get to read the stories before anyone else. 😉 That sounds like a good journal. Let us all know how it works out. 🙂 Nope 2007 could never be described as easy, but like you, I learned a lot. Here’s to moving forward. Happy New Year. 😀

  3. I’ve averaged around fifty to sixty new books a year for quite some time, and usually read a few old favorites over again. I can’t start a novel and not finish it, so choosing carefully is a must. I picked Thomas Hardy’s Jude The Obscure in college for a project, and nearly opened a major artery before finishing it. 🙂

  4. I think I’ve read more than I think I did. It’s just that I only remember a few good books and not the ones that could’ve been good. I’ve read some great books, some average books, and two that pissed me off so greatly I had to call someone to bitch about it. LOL

    HAPPY NEW YEAR J, and all the wonderful people that visit this fantastic blog!!

  5. A very happy New Year, Jordan! I have no idea how many books I read this year, but it was up from last year. Favorites – the last 2 Harry Potters. I cried and sighed and like all wonderful books I wish I could read them all over again for the first time. Now I dive back into writing. My goal this year is to continue to read as I’m working and not wait until I’m between books. 🙂

  6. I’m going to take the coward’s way out and just wish you a very Happy New Year!! lol.

    Actually I just cut the bulk of my comment here because I started rambling and it was getting longish and I figure it’d make a good blog post for tomorrow. 🙂

  7. Bernard, That’s great. I have to really push to get books finished. I read so incredibly slow. It’s frustrating. Unlike you, I don’t have to finish books that I don’t like…anymore. 😉

  8. Vivi, LOL! There were only a couple that in the end I didn’t really care for. I simply decided not to buy the author in the future. 😉 Happy New Year to you too. 😀

  9. Happy New Year, Jo!!! 🙂 Yes, you can’t go wrong with JK Rowling. Good goal. 🙂

  10. Vanessa, LOL! Thank you! I’ll have to check out that entry. It sounds interesting.