Friday, December 28, 2012

Kissing 2012 Goodbye

I will readily admit that 2012 sucked for me. Cancer, death, superstorms, the horrible Newtown shootings immediately after the mall shootings...other stuff that I don't even want to get into now...basically it sucked all around.  As a result, my blog suffered, and I apologize, and have apologized, sincerely for that. I can't promise that things will be "up to snuff" in 2013, either--I just don't seem to have the drive or dedication that I once did.

I am going to try to get back to reviewing titles on a more regular basis, although I think that I will spend 2013 challenge-free. I will read debuts, I will read sophomore novels, I will read standalones and (hopefully) I will read books on my to-read pile, and I will document them as such--I'm just not going to challenge myself to do so, because I hate failing. Case in point:
  • As of this post I have read 31 debut titles for 2012, which is most impressive, no? But the only thing I see is that there are four titles on that list that I did not get to this year. 
  • Same thing with my To-Be-Read challenge: I read 15 books that had been sitting around gathering dust, but all I can see is that I STILL have not read Rot & Ruin (I'm sorry, Jonathan Maberry! I know it's amazing, I just can't bring myself to read it!). 
  • Sophomore Reading Challenge: I read 14 and 1/2 (just could not finish Insurgent), but all I see are the two I have yet to get to.
  • Standalone: this was the easiest challenge for me, because I just added anything I read that was a standalone book LOL 73 of the books I read this year fell into this category, and there was only 1 that I put on the list (Touched, by Cyn Balog) that I didn't get to.
But with all that failure (I know 8 1/2  books out of 142 titles is not really failure), I still managed to read 177 books and counting this year. I set my reading goal at 150 so that, at least, is a win. And 2012 was an amazing year for Young Adult Fiction! I have my must-reads of 2012 set to post on Monday.

So I am kissing 2012 goodbye, and am trying to be optimistic (which is not my nature) that 2013 is going to be my year. My lucky number is 13, after all!

Enjoy your reading and best wishes for 2013!

1 comment:

  1. I'm passing on the challenges in 2013 as well. I never ended up picking out books that would fulfill the challenge-- they were never what I wanted to read at that point in time. So, I failed all of my challenges pretty badly, more than just two or three books too. Ah well.



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