-- What new places did you visit in 2010?
Albuquerque? Wild I know.
Traverse City, MI (sleeping out on the balcony overlooking the waterfront was one of my coolest nights of the year)
Here was the view:
Mackanac Island. (I was a failure as a former-Michigander because I had never gone before)
Here are a few of pictures from that trip:
-- What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A job offer? A publishing deal? Dare I hope for both?
-- What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a literary agent after several years of submitting was a pretty dancing-for-joy type of experience.
Ooh, also, (can I do to?) for the first time ever I finished all of my classes at a school with a perfect 4.0.
-- What was your biggest failure?
I had one of those quarters in the spring where I never seemed to manage to authentically connect with one of my classes (it was slightly tragic, especially since in the quarter before I had a group of students that has stood out as one the most communicative classes EVER).
Also, I wish I had started working extensively on Dudley the Dissertation sooner. I'd be less stressed now.
-- Did you suffer illness or injury?
None! I haven't even had a cold in two years! (Knock on wood!) Sometimes it's good to be kinda-germaphobic.
-- What was the best thing you bought?
Books, of course. And my embosser. I love being able to put my name in my books (Don't read into that.).
Here are a few of my favorite books for younger readers of the year:
-- How many books did you read in 2010?
I don't know exactly. It looks like I reviewed about 158ish for the blog this year. And I read more than that, since I do read some books and decide not to blog about them (usually because I lack the time or because I don't have anything interesting to say about those particular books).
-- What song will always remind you of 2010?
Willow's Whip My Hair. I used it in a project with my students this last quarter and it amused them greatly. I'm going to need a new viral pop hit in about six weeks time so I can do the same next quarter. Just so you know, internetz.
-- Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Same-ish. Perhaps a little happier, but I'm also more stressed about the future...so that brings down the higher level of happiness a little...maybe?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?
Shockingly enough, a little richer. Working on saving and investing is kind of fun...in a no tangible rewards for the foreseeable future kind of way.
-- What do you wish you'd done more of?
Interacting with other humans, probably.
-- What do you wish you'd done less of?
Slacking and avoiding my dissertation for the first nine months of the year.
-- What was your favorite new book series?
I'm probably going to have to go with Matched. I'm interested to see where it goes next. The same with the Paranormalcy series.
-- What was the best book you read in 2010?
Honestly, I can't say that I can walk away with one book that rocked my socks off this year more than any other book. There were a lot of great contenders, but nothing that I remember reading truly got under my skin in a way that'll keep me thinking about it for years and years. Sad, I know.
I know I have high standards, though. But my socks have been rocked in previous years:
This series got me interested in reading when I was six. I spent the next four or five years deciding if I would be a mouse, a hare or squirrel in the Redwall world. (A mouse, of course!)
I read Matilda when I was in third grade, I think. It was the first book that I remember staying up late to read and waking up to discover I had fallen asleep while trying to finish it. I'm actually assigning it to my students next quarter.
These books are pretty much a highlight of my high school, college and grad school reading.
I found this book so fascinating! And still, when it's freezing outside, I pretend that I'm walking through the Antarctic when I trudge home from school.
This book made me as excited to read as Harry Potter did.
This was my favorite book of 2009. I loved the way that it addressed many issues, including gender, virginity, power, rape, etc.
-- How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
Comfortable and kinda-presentable. But mostly comfortable.
-- Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Work on your dissertation a little everyday. For reals.