I was sitting on the couch, drinking coffee and reading my book and started thinking about the reading year of 2012. So I put down the book and decided to come and yap to all my friends in cyber-space. Warning, I am a little verbose here. Sorry about that.
The 2012 Overview – I started this blog and read like a freaking maniac! I read 161 stories, though some were quite short, and I am quite proud of myself as that is quite a lot for me (I think, never counted before). I am zooming through so many because I have been reading a lot of the paranormal genre and young adult instead of classics or even historical fiction. I can’t help it, I am still addicted, so I imagine 2013 will be a bit similar.
The Blog – I started this thing to do some reviews so I remember what I read, and to jump-start my writing. I always wanted to write because I have so many ideas flitting around in my head but I have a discipline problem. So, not a writer. But, this seemed like a middle road getting “pen to paper” so to speak. That was in the beginning of February. Dang, it will be 1-year-old soon. *sniff* they grow up so quickly, don’t they?
Some of my personal highlights are: I survived the A-Z Challenge in April – what the heck was I doing signing up for a 30 days of daily posting barely two months after starting this thing? Besides self-flagellation tendencies which I can’t even begin to explore, I learned that I like to jump in with both feet and figure out how to swim in the deep end. What doesn’t kill you, right? Well, I limped along after that, it didn’t help that work was insanely busy and stressful that month as well.
After licking my wounds for a while I finally figured out that I needed a schedule to help keep myself sane. It helped, imagine that? At least I think so, not sure how the rest of the people in my life think about my sanity…but I am the one writing this, so what I think stands. So I now do 3 book reviews, one fun day for myself called Frivolous Fridays and I like to participate in MizB’s WWW meme. Even though I use goodreads.com, the Wednesday thing is like a reading wrap-up on a weekly basis and it cracks me up to see which books I think I will read next. It rarely works out.
I have been wanting to, but have stayed away from “In My Mailbox” memes because I would have to face how many books I bring into my house on a weekly basis (and expose myself to the rest of the book bloggers, kind friends and family who stop by). I have been insane with the library and used bookstores this year (and kindle freebies), I get some great deals, but holy guacamole, it is out of control. Maybe I should participate, it could be like an intervention or therapy for me. Any thoughts?
New Year’s Resolution anyone? I have decided that I am going to work on my massive TBR book pile and participate in Planet Pooks Embarrassment of Riches reading challenge. Come join. I am going for Platinum which means I am going to tackle 50 books from my TBR. Honestly, since I hope to read 3 times that this year, I think I should try for more. We will see if I sign up for other challenges.
Spread the Word – I did sign up as a book tour host towards the end of the year, which created some reading deadlines and such which sometimes crashed into other things. Ok, occasionally it was like living in a pinball machine. There were a few times I was reading late into the night because I had to meet a date. I actually almost signed up for another tour company recently, I had the form filled out and everything and stopped myself. That is the second time I have done that this year. I also would love another puppy, but not gonna happen. I have a tendency to over-commit and then stress out to make all the deadlines – then all this stuff just isn’t as fun and WTH?! isn’t this all mainly for fun?! However, I would like to figure out a way to make new friends, find other blogs to visit and continue to make my way in the larger blogger community. If you have any ideas…let me know!
That is it for now. Not sure if I accomplished a 2012 wrap up since a lot more than that happened, but I think that is all I can focus on for now. I have made a lot of wonderful friends through this blog who have made all this work worth it and I am really looking forward to the good people I will meet next year, wait, THIS year. Thanks for dropping by!