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2009 Wrap Up and Looking Forward to 2010

Happy New Year all! I got up horridly early this morning for some reason, and have spent part of my morning staring at the blizzard outside and going over what has happened this past year.

Random Reading Stats for 2009

Books Reviewed: 85
Books by Canadian Authors: 17 (better than I expected!)
Non-fiction: 10
Fantasy/SciFi/Etc: 43
YA/Childrens: 34
Books Somehow Relating to Jane Austen: 3
Graphic Novels: 9
Series’/Trilogies Started: 15 (facepalm!)
Series/Trilogies Started That I Plan On Continuing To Read: 12
Series’/Trilogies Finished: 1
Ten Fantastic New (to me) Author Finds of 2009
Top Ten Favourite Books of 2009

Personal Goals

I had set some goals for 2009 as I don’t believe in resolutions. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped, but I didn’t do badly either. Here’s what I had:

  • Read 90 books this year. I was 5 short. Still read 5 more than the previous year though. I’m impressed.
  • Blog more. Am happy with how much I blogged this past year, but will still try to blog more in the upcoming year.
  • Finish two sewing projects. Done! Did my pursea nd my bedskirt.
  • Own less books that I haven’t read. Um. I lose. So totally.
  • Update my website. Done!

As far as goals for 2010 go, I am going to be aiming for that 90 books again. And I’m going to work on blogging more regularly again. Same with the whole “owning less books that I haven’t read” bit. Sewing projects – I have numerous that I want to accomplish (table cloth, cloth napkins, curtains, etc etc). And as far as the website goes, I’m going to be working on tweaking the layout for my blog, methinks.


This past year, I saw Emm Gryner (twice), Great Big Sea (yet again), Spirit of the West (opening for GBS), Mudmen (at the Fergus Scottish Festival), Dala and Adam Crossley (opening for Dala).

In 2010, I’m not entirely sure who I will be seeing yet. Michael Bublé released another CD, so I’m hoping he’ll be touring again, but other than that I don’t know who’s going to be around yet.


It was a pretty big year for plays. At Stratford, I saw The Importance of Being Earnest, Cyrano de Bergerac, West Side Story and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. I also saw The Drowsy Chaperone and Anne of Green Gables The Musical.

This coming year, I’m going to be seeing RENT (omg! with Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal reprising their roles as Mark and Roger and I’m soooooooo excited!!) and a lot of stuff at Stratford: Peter Pan, The Tempest (omg! Christopher Plummer!), Kiss Me Kate and probably both As You Like It and Evita.

Geeky Things

This past year, I went to FanExpo for the second time, and saw Bruce Campbell and Max Brooks and other awesome people. This coming year, I will be going to Comic Con for the first time ever!

Also, am planning on going to see the Harry Potter Exhibition for my birthday. Because that’s how I roll.

Other Awesome Things

In March, Shannon and Alan are getting married, and I will be a bridesmaid and I’m so excited for them and yay!

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 11:07 am January 1, 2010.
Category: Day to Day

  • Cat

    We have similar music tastes! I love Emm Gryner though I have never seen her live (does she have a new album that I don’t know about? I am so going to check that out right now!) And I discovered Dala through you (fabulous!). I am envious on behalf of my husband that you got to see Bruce Campbell. He’s a huge fan of his.

    And…!!! We’re still in the planning stages, but we’re supposed to be a ComiCon this July as well! It’s going to be our big 5 Year Anniversary trip (July 2nd is the real date). And my best friend lives outside of LA so we’re going to have her come with us. Maybe we’ll get to meet in person in San Diego? Ha! Heaven forbid we meet in our own country!

  • Court

    Cat – Yes yes yes, we should totally meet up at ComicCon! That would be awesome! Oh yay fun!

  • Kailana

    Happy New Year! Happy Reading in 2010!

  • otahyoni

    You’re going to Comic Con! Oh, AWESOME. Have fun. :)

    And DO NOT GET SEDUCED BY STUDIO BOOTH SIGNINGS. You’ll skip the panel hoping to actually get to shake someone’s hand, but instead you’ll just wind up missing everything. A lesson I learned the hard way. Twice.

    If you get to meet Nathan Fillion I might die of jealousy. :D