1. Use libraries more
I only visited the library once this year, although I suppose that’s better than not visiting at all! I borrowed Scott Pilgrim #2 and #3 and The Raven Boys. I probably should try to get through my ‘to read’ list (currently 167 books) before I start borrowing any more anyway… At least I now know I have an adequate local library to go to.
2. Read one ‘classic’ book per month
Mostly done. I am most happy about (nearly) completing this goal. I ended up being a little behind and I’m having to read 4 classics in December, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m actually really looking forward to reading more classics in 2013! This may seem like nothing, but classics were something I used to avoid and now they no longer intimidate me. This is a huge personal achievement – I enjoyed all of them.
3. Do not buy books unless they’re going to be read
I was doing quite well at this for the first half of the year, but then it went a little downhill and I kept going on book-buying sprees. Oops! I bought 48 books this year and I read 12 of them. (I had no idea I bought this many. If you asked, I would’ve guessed 15-20, but luckily the majority of these were bought used or are inexpensive ebooks).
4. Buy books without looking up the reviews first
I bought The People’s Act of Love by James Meek and The End Specialist by Drew Magary because I liked the sound of them. It’s incredibly difficult! I did technically buy more books without looking up reviews first (e.g. Girl, Missing, Mister Pip, Perfect People, Swim the Fly, The House at Riverton, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Unique), but that’s because I had read positive reviews of them before, or they because were recommended to me.
5. Re-read books
I re-read five books: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay, Dark Inside, and Unwind. (All dystopian, coincidentally). I didn’t re-read any of the books I said I wanted to read, but let’s not be picky.
6. Keep a reading journal
I didn’t make notes as I was reading, either… BUT WAIT! Before you laugh, I now write every review on paper before I type it up. This is immensely helpful and I’m so glad I started doing it. It means I do not end up having to write one sentence over and over, trying to get it right.
7. Read less, enjoy more
I read less but this has made me rather sad, not happy. I cannot be pleased, it seems.
On first glance, I failed spectacularly. But I actually had a fantastic reading year. I discovered books I never would have read before and I got the opportunity to review titles that have become my favourites. I got a job in publishing and I’ve made new friends (mainly within the book industry because when you’re in, it’s difficult to do anything else!). I’ve attended some brilliant book events and I’ve stepped into Katniss’ shoes and tried archery. I met up with three of my favourite people in the book blogger/vlogger world – and many more at events. And a friend of Ray Bradbury left a lovely comment on my review of Fahrenheit 451. Overall, I think 2012 has been pretty good.