Hello hello hello!
And Happy New Year, all you lovely people!
Did you have a good one? Are you finally getting over your cheese hangover? Good good.
OK, we’re pretty much already half way through January (well, not really) but this is when I’m making my New YA Resolutions, and seeing as it’s my site, I can do what I want.
So, I sat down about two weeks ago planning what kind of blog posts I should kick off 2013 with and I looked back into the WtOC archives and saw my New YA Resolutions for 2012. I had totally forgotten about them… which probably doesn’t bode well for the chances of me actually succeeding in them.
But, actually, I had a look at my list and it isn’t as tragic as I originally thought.
Read more British YA
I read some amazing British YA last year and, actually, some of them became my favourite books of the whole year. So I’m taking it off my YA Resolution list for 2013 because I know that I will definitely not slip into my ridiculous ‘No books please, it’s British!’ notion.
A paranormal YA novel that didn’t make me want to punch things.
Hm. Well I didn’t read any paranormal books this year (that I can remember) so does that count? No, it doesn’t, does it? OK, I definitely need to add that back to my YA Resolutions.
More YA contemporary?
Please. That does not need to happen. I was all about the contemporary books this year. But I’m probably going still read all the contemporaries I can get my grubby mitts on.
I think I did OK with this one but I’m still always on the hunt for excellent ones.
More YA historical?
Um.. yeah, I think I read one historical YA book in 2012. It was great but… I need to make more of an effort.
More debut authors?
I’m actually really bad at paying attention to authors and their past books so I never know whether a book is their debut or not. If a book sounds good, I’ll read it. SO I actually have no idea if I met this one or not but I’m not going to take this over to 2013 because…. I don’t really care if they’re a debut author or not!
Re-read my favourite YA books?
Well last year I re-read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I think I did OK. I do want to continue with my reading (or listening) to Harry Potter so hopefully I’ll get them read again.
Standalone YA novels?
I think this is actually a problem of the publishers and not mine. Yep, gonna blame them. I think it’s actually really rare to find standalone YA novels but I’ll still keep my eyes peeled.
OK, I didn’t read any. So yeah, this probably needs to go on 2013’s list too.
Classic YA books?
I don’t think I did too badly with this one. I read a lot of books that were written before 2011 so even if they’re not classics, as such, I was definitely looking away from the best sellers of today. And it was fantastic.
So, in conclusion, I don’t think I did that bad.
My official 2013 New YA Resolutions.
- A paranormal YA novel that doesn’t make me want to punch things.
- Find a fantasy YA series that will fill the hole that the end of The Lumatere Chronicles left.
- More YA historical books.
- More YA books in translation.
- And, one that is far more important than all the above, read for enjoyment. I like reading books when I want to and not because everyone else is. I’d much rather read the books I want to and discover some of the hidden gems of YA that get lost within the new releases. Hopefully we can discover some good ones this year!
My writing resolution is a bit more straightforward: Write the story I want to, not the story I think I should be writing. And obviously the usual don’t doubt yourself yada yada YOU’RE AWESOME JO yada yada…
So how did I do with my personal resolutions? Well, I didn’t get a tattoo, I didn’t learn sign language and I definitely remain unpublished.
So this year:
- Wear more patterns.
- Drink more water.
- Stop worrying about things too much.
- Go on adventures.
Oh and get published and win all the prizes and make gabillions of pounds.
Y’know, the usual.
So what are your New YA Resolutions for 2013? Will you stick at them? Have you failed already? Let me know in the comments!