Friday, January 2, 2009

Eye of the Tiger- A look to the new year

Most people set out at the start of a new year with some kind of resolution. New Year’s Day is for hopes and dreams to seem like they could become reality in the coming year, and they can!

Yesterday I put my 2008 journal on the shelf for good. It was ratty around the edges, holding memories of a roller coaster year. 2008 brought me a layoff from my job that was happily accepted, a book finished and another book start (which is now officially half way written…WOOT), a great critique group, and a new job. Overall, 2008 was a good year. I didn’t hit all of my resolution goals, but feel success in the ones I accomplished.

A start of the new year feels clean as I crack open a new journal, looking at the fresh pages and thinking about how I’d like to see 2009 unfold. I hope to finish Lost and Found, my WIP, by January 31. I want to edit it and submit to at least a handful of agents. I look forward to starting a new book, coming up with new ideas. I would like to beat last year’s number of books read (71), but that may be hard to do. The great thing is, right now, anything seems possible.

What do you plan for the new year?

Going through my database of books read in 2008 (yes, I keep track. I am that big of a nerd), I thought it would be fun to share with you my top 5 favorite YA books I read this year. I won’t put them in order, just the group of 5.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
How to be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Paper Towns by John Green
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

What were your favorite YA books read in 2008?


The Compulsive Reader said...

We share some 2008 favorites! I made a looong list on my blog.

Also, good luck with finishing your book!

Tami Klockau said...

It was actually pretty hard to pick my favorites. A couple of these were definitely at the top, no questions asked though. I'll just over to your blog and check out your list. Thanks for the heads up.

Thanks for the good luck, too. I'll need it!

I will say, my favorite non-YA book of the year has to be Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen...hands down.

Tarie said...

My favorite YA book from 2008 is Good Enough by Paula Yoo. :D

Tami Klockau said...

Tarie, I haven't heard of it! I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the suggestion.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Best of luck with your book! Hopefully I can write AND read more this year. Your list has all the books I WANT to read but have yet too...I will though.

I really loved I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert, The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second by Drew Ferguson, and Invisible Touch by Kelly Parra though.


Tami Klockau said...


I have yet to hear about The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second by Drew Ferguson. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

I really enjoyed Invisible Touch and have yet to read Joey Ramone but really want to.

Thanks for the best of luck. I need it!

Tracy Belsher said...

Hey Tami - you KNOW my favorite was Nick and Norah's as well. LOVED that book.