Sunday, January 2, 2011

In My Mailbox + 2010 Wrap Up

Before I get to the books I got in the last 2 weeks, I figured this would be a good time to do my 2010 wrap up summary.

Total Books Read: 161

Total Reviews Posted: 147

I also read/critiqued 5 manuscripts this year.

As for my own writing... I've written three full manuscript drafts in 2010. AddictBoy got a full rewrite, and a ton of rewriting from that draft on. LoverBoy got a partial rewrite, and SlackerBoy is really just a hot mess right now.

But with that, and the random bursts of inspiration I'd give in to on new ideas to just get it out before going back to one of the WIPs, my total 2010 word count, best I could estimate (and this is probably an underestimate given all the rewriting I did): 449741 words.

So now my goals for 2011:

1. Find an agent. I plan to start querying AddictBoy by the end of January, so here's to hoping!
2. Polish LoverBoy and SlackerBoy
3. Write at least 2 more full manuscripts, if not 3.
4. Read 75 debuts, but I am including the 2011 debuts I read as ARCs in 2010.
5. Read a total of 165 books.

So that's about it for 2010 and what I want in 2011. We'll see if it all works, but I've always been one to set lofty goals for myself that I may or may not achieve, but it gives me motivation.

But enough of that, and on to this week's IMM! This is from the last two weeks, but here is your fix of Toby dog.

For Review:
Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin
The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
The Opposite of Amber by Gillian Phillips
What Comes After by Steve Watkins
Loser/Queen by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Fallen Angel by Heather Terrell
(Huge thanks to Alexa martin, Amy Holder, Gillian Phillips, Steve Watkins + Candlewick, Simon & Schuster and HarperTeen)

Entice by Carrie Jones
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers (Had to have a finished copy)
All You Get Is Me by Yvonna Prinz
The Iron King by Julia Kagawa (Won for my Team Adrian post)
From Jennifer Archer: A leather bound journal (which will be filled with scribbles and thoughts and ideas for my novels)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.


  1. Great IMM!

    I wish you the best with your agent things!!!

    I hope to read them one day if not soon!

  2. Hard goals! The are certainly going to keep you on your toes.

    Great mailbox :)

  3. Great mailbox! And you wrote 450000 words this year?! I am in awe.
    Good luck with your agent hunt!
    Happy reading :)

  4. Great IMM! And awesome goals for 2011, I wish you the best of luck with them =)

  5. Your word count for the year boggles my mind! Congrats and best wishes on the agent search!

    "Loser/Queen" and "Fall for Anything" are both on my to-read lists. Can't wait to hear if you like them!

  6. Look at Toby!

    You are gonna' be writing as much as you are reading.

    Love your goals.

  7. Ahh Entice looks good. The Iron King is awesome. And Fallen Angel looks like a good read.
    Hope you enjoy all your reads and good luck with your goals for 2011. Happy Reading XD

  8. Kari, So glad to see the journal arrived! I hope you enjoy it and that you scribble many wonderful ideas for your stories on the pages inside. Happy 2011! Best of luck with your agent search and the rest of your goals!

  9. Wow, lots of great books. Enjoy! I loved The Iron King, and I hope to get to The Iron Daughter soon. The Lipstick Laws is on my wishlist.

  10. You had an amazing year! Wow! Best of luck querying - I can't wait to see how it turns out.

    Not a bad haul this week either. I've heard great things about Fall For Anything and I'm really looking forward to Fallen Angel.

    Megan @Read It, See It

  11. I am so impressed by everything you accomplished in 2010. Good luck querying! You're inspiring me to work on a manuscript idea that I have. I hope you have a fantastic 2011.

  12. 161 books! That is so amazing! Happy New Year!

  13. A haul of books for you to enjoy and the pooch is very nice.

    My mailbox Monday is also up. Please do visit.

  14. Wow that was a lot done in 2010. I am sure you'll also succeed this year. Good luck!!!

  15. Kari! Thank you! I LOVE the picture!!!

  16. congradulations on finishing your manuscript!

    I am soo happy for you! I am hoping to get a good start on my WIP this year so with some hard work and good luck hopefully i can be halfway to where you are by the end of this year!

    good luck with the querying!