Hello everybody! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and are ready to bid farewell to 2013! *pats the sofa beside her* Come take a seat, help yourselves to biscuits and tea, and let’s all take a moment to look back on the past 365 days.
Life in general
Although this year has come and gone insanely quickly – for me, at least – and it had its ups and downs, all in all it was a brilliant year. It saw me graduate from uni, move to a new country, travel a lot and make new friends I’ll be keeping forever. I discovered some of the UK’s hidden travel destinations (something I’m determined to continue in 2014), I met the lovely Sarah Hadland which was a dream come true, did an internship with Simon & Schuster, attended the London Book Fair for the first time, went to Amsterdam and read lots of unforgettable books.
Books, books, books
With a crazy summer, moving around and frantically trying to find a job I didn’t manage to read and blog as much as I wanted to, but I still came across lots of amazing books and new favourite authors this year.
I read a total of 52 books and reviewed 32. Out of these 52,
13 (25%) were Young Adult and
39 (75%) were Adult books.
29 (55%) were written by female authors and
23 (45%) were written by male authors.
26 (50%) were review copies and
26 (50%) were books from my own TBR pile.
14 (27%) were e-books and
38 (73%) were physical books.
I love the fact that I (unintentionally) read the exact same amount of review and non-review books!
Resolutions for 2014
I’m pretty sure I mentioned this last year but I don’t like resolutions in general. I don’t know about you but I never make any because I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be able to stick with them. However, when it comes to my blog and reading, there are quite a few things I’d like to do differently next year.
1. Read a bit more
I usually read more than 52 books a year so with me not having to travel so much and spend a crazy amount of time looking for a job, I’m hoping to finish at least 65 books in 2014.
2. Plan ahead
The thing I’m struggling the most with is scheduling blog posts in advance. I’ve always been exceptionally good at procrastinating but I want to stop writing posts on the night they go live. It’d make my life so much easier if I could schedule at least a week or two ahead!
3. Comment more regularly
I used to be really good at going through my blog feed and visiting everyone. I don’t know what happened this year. So in 2014 I’m planning on commenting and interacting with people a lot more.
4. Make new blogger friends
I love Twitter. I spend a crazy amount of time there and that’s where I met some of my best bookish friends as well. One of my plans for 2014 is to ‘meet’ even more people online.
5. Meet more UK bloggers
As well as meeting more people online and discovering new blogs, I’d love to meet some more people in real life. I already met a few UK bloggers earlier this year but it would be fantastic to meet up with everyone else I haven’t had the chance to meet yet. 🙂 Also, I’m almost always in London at the weekends so it’d be lovely to meet some people to hang out and go book shopping with!
And I’d also like to be able to – FINALLY – keep track of the reading challenges I sign up for instead of failing miserably, but that’s a post for another day. 🙂
Do you have any bookish resolutions for next year?
I hope you all have a fabulous New Year’s Eve and here’s to a successful and wonderful 2014!