And thus (well, almost *grin*) endth the first year of my Walkabout. Where to start? Firstly, and most importantly, this first year online would not have been as it was without your input and support. I am very fortunate to have meet you all!
In my first post of 2009 entitled Walkabout I made two resolutions:
1) To feel comfortable in my own skin (not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally)
2) To find out what makes me happy and what inspires me
I think there has been some progress made with regard to these resolutions, but at times it does feel like I've climbed a hill only to discover the rather large mountain lurking behind it. *shrug* Only in my wildest dreams did I think my Walkabout would be easy...or fast.
With regard to books, I am happy to say that 2009 has been a year of discovery! I have been introduced to two new-to me authors that have completely blown me away:
* Juliet Marillier - I adored Heir to Sevenwaters and am looking forward to delving into the Sevenwaters trilogy, beginning with Daughter of the Forest in the New Year
* Sarah Monette - The Doctrine of Labyrinths is now one of my (if not the) all-time favourite series (and I still haven't read the fourth and final book!)
Special mentions must also go to authors Ginn Hale, CS Harris, Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett, Deanna Raybourn and Julia Spencer-Fleming, whose books I fell in love with this year. (I am eagerly awaiting the next book from each of them!) I was also introduced to the m/m romance subgenre in 2009, and I'm looking forward to expanding my horizons in this subgenre in 2010, starting with ('finally' I hear some of you say) Josh Lanyon's Adrian English series *grin*
This year I completed The 2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge by borrowing and reading 50 books from my local library. And yes, I'm planning to join this challenge next year (which I know is sort of cheating as I do borrow most of my books from the library) and attempt at least two other challenges (I know, I'm really stretching myself *grin*), including my very own Big Book Challenge. More on that next year!
As to what 2010 will bring I am unsure...but I am looking forward to walking it...