I finally took the plunge and set up my own blog. I’ve decided to challenge myself to read 100 MG and YA books in 2010, and a blog seemed like a good place to record and make me accountable for reaching my goal. Even though I don’t intend to write book reviews, I do plan to keep a list and note some of my thoughts, especially ones that provide insights into my writing.
This project seems daunting – it works out to 8 and 1/3 books a month – but I probably read close to that anyway. My 10-year-old daughter thought the challenge sounded easy, until I pointed out that I was planning to read books I had never read before. [She reads Harry Potter or another of her favourites at least twenty times a year.]
The idea came to me when I realized that the characters in my latest work-in-progess, a MG grade novel, were starting to take on a YA quality. It dawned on me that I’d been reading a lot of YA books, and they were inadvertently shaping the tone of my writing. Has that ever happened to you?
P.S. Before anyone mentions it, I have checked out Goodreads, but at this point, the blog is the step that is right for me.