Looking Back at 2009


I know it's not quite the end of the year yet, but I started my writing journey in November of last year, so it's easier for me to recap from that point.  Here's what my year looked like with regards to books, music, and writing.


Books read: 79

Young Adult: 41
Adult Romance (including paranormal/erotic/historic/contemporary): 24
Non-fiction/Writing Books: 7
Other (Literary, Mystery, Horror, etc.): 7

Here's a sampling of what I've read.  For more detail, you can visit my GoodReads page:


Roni's book montage

A Strong Hand
Make Me Yours
Dead and Gone
Laid Bare
Hush, Hush
Blue Moon
City of Glass
Sweet Persuasion
Sweet Seduction
The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great
Bound to Please
Breaking Dawn
Midnight Sun
Sweet Surrender
The Summoning
Perfect Chemistry
From Dead to Worse
Hell Week
Freudian Slip
City of Ashes
Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)
Wicked Ties
Vampire Academy
Thirteen Reasons Why
Prom Dates from Hell
All Together Dead
Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time
Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go
The Awakening and The Struggle
The Fury and Dark Reunion
Wicked Lovely
New Moon
Tall, Dark  &  Dead
Moon Called
Definitely Dead
Dairy Queen
Blue Bloods
Your First Novel: A Published Author And a Top Agent Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream
Dark Lover
Dead as a Doornail
City of Bones
Charmed and Dangerous
The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver
Writers Book of Matches: 1,001 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction
Killer Takes All
Dead On The Dance Floor
Dead to the World
Writing the Mystery: Second Edition
Club Dead
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School
The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well
Picture Me Dead
Fantasy Lover
Living Dead in Dallas
Dead Run
Hurricane Bay
The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
Dead Until Dark
Fast Food Nation
The Da Vinci Code
On Writing


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Now as many of you know from reading this blog, I'm also a bit obsessed with music and going to concerts, so I'm going to include that list as well.  Music always inspires me in my writing and this was especially true this year.  The Buckcherry/Aerosmith concert was definitely where I got the idea for writing Wanderlust.  My husband and I have binged on live music a bit this year because the previous year we had a new baby and hadn't found a babysitter we felt comfy with yet, so we barely went to any.

Here's the list (not all of these were separate shows, some were opening bands at the same concert.)


Angels and Airwaves
The Ting-Tings
New Kids on the Block
Fall Out Boy
Earth, Wind, & Fire
Kelly Clarkson
The Offspring
The Toadies
Bowling for Soup (2x)
No Doubt
All-American Rejects
Taking Back Sunday
30 Seconds to Mars

My Writing Progress:


Two novels completed and revised:

  • YA (Shadow Falls) 
  • Contemporary Romance (Wanderlust)
Joined a crit group
Joined RWA and local chapter
Started a blog.
  • 113 posts
  • hit over 200 followers (thanks guys!)

Whew, it's been a fun year!  Can't wait to see what the next one brings.  I have not thought through goals for the next year yet, but I do plan to come up with some, at least with regards to writing.  I know there are a lot of reading challenges popping up around blogs (here's a good list if you're interested), but I"m not sure if I'll commit to any of those.  I read like I write, I can't plan too far ahead.  :)


So how about you?  How was your year with regards to reading or writing or music?  Are you setting any specific goals for yourself for the next year?  Is anyone joining any of these reading challenges?


**Today's Theme Song**
"From Yesterday" - 30 Seconds to Mars


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