A quick round-up of my first year in blogging.
Way back in January last year, I took the decision to start this blog properly, and to try and read books I had been meaning to read for ages or new ones I’d just discovered. I started it off with my post New year, new booklist and I thought that on looking back over it that I would hardly have read any of them. I’m pleased to say that’s not quite the case: out of the 22 on my list, I’ve read 11 in full and dipped in and out of 2 of them.
I managed to read 46 books last year – I had set myself a target of 52 but didn’t quite manage it. The main reason for this is a few changes in my life recently. I moved closer to my work and now have a 20-minute commute compared to an hour and 20 minutes. I used to do a lot of reading on the bus and could easily meet my target of a book a week but now, although I have more time, I’ll admit that half of it is taken up by an extra hour in bed in the morning! Since the end of November, I had been reading one book. This book was called We Need to Talk About Kevin. I had been enjoying it but the problem is I kept getting distracted by shorter reads, opting for poetry, or short stories or little snippets from The Etymologicon. I’m hoping I’ll get it finished this year as my TBR list is growing continuously! I’d also like to add that this time last year I definitely didn’t know that TBR meant ‘to-be-read’. I’m aiming for 52 books again this year!
I really enjoyed my first proper year of blogging, and I’ll try to keep up the blog posts more regularly. I sometimes get involved in posts more than others, usually when something has sparked my imagination, or a book review I’m writing grows into something more. My favourite posts to write this year have been:
I have really enjoyed reading and discovering other blogs, and even when I’m not writing blog posts, I still like to spend a little bit of time on my lunch hour to check out blogs like Lucybird’s Book Blog, Heavenali, Leeswammes, Bundleofbooks, Winstonsdad’s Blog and Savidge Reads. I also took part in my first blog hop! (Again, I would’ve had no idea what this meant this time last year…) It was really fun, I was overwhelmed by the traffic and was really pleased to make some new books blog discoveries.
And, of course, to finish off, my list of the best books I have read this year. Some are thrillers, some literary fiction and even a YA title features – looking back over everything I have read this year takes me back. My life has changed quite a bit in the past twelve months and it was really nice to think back to what I was doing when I was reading these books. That’s something that I really love about reading; there are always books that will remind you of a certain time in your life and transport you back there.
Here’s the list:
And the Land Lay Still by James Robertson
Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Paris Trance by Geoff Dyer
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
What were your blogging and reading highlights of 2012?