2012 has been a year of firsts for me; my first big holiday to New York City, getting into university and moving away from home. (As well as the first movie parts for The Hunger Games and The Hobbit, can’t forget about them now can we? ;).)
It’s also been a year of lasts for me; my last day at the school I frequented for 7 years, the last time I will be considered a child, and hopefully the last year that my anxiety will spiral out of control. (It was also the end of the Twilight films, and the Inheritance series! :()
So 2012 was a pretty turbulent year in general. Crazy, stressful and a pretty exciting adventure!
I am not one to hide my love of New Years even though I know a lot of people don’t like it. For me it represents hope and new unchartered waters, and I love reflecting on the year that’s passed. I think that’s something to be excited about anyway! 😀
Number of books read: 22
Number of pages read: 9342
Best books read in 2012:
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins – These are definitely, by a mile, my favourite reads of 2012! If it wasn’t for blogging I probably wouldn’t have come across these books, but I’m so glad I did. The series left me with that numb kind of book hangover, and that’s when you know you’ve just read something amazing, and truly memorable! I couldn’t put them down, the brilliant dystopian world, the anti-war message and the compelling characters, these books are a must read! 😀 (You can read my reviews here.)
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini – This was the last book in the Inheritance Cycle, one of my favourite all time series! It was so sad having to say goodbye to all of the characters I had come to love, but at the same time, what an ending! I couldn’t have wished for any more. I loved seeing all the character reach their potential and finally grow into the people they were always meant to be. This book is more packed with drama and epic fantasy than all the others combined, and I can’t wait to see what Paolini will write next. I hope he returns to the world of Alagaësia soon! (You can read my review here.) 🙂
Emma by Jane Austen – Although I only gave this book four stars, it really blew me away in a lot of ways. It was so insightful and it really made me think about relationships and the way we perceive people that I had never really thought about before. Since reading it it has actually altered the way I assess situations and deal with other people. It taught me that sometimes it’s important to step back from a situation to see that everything may not be as it seems and that you could be interpreting some things completely wrong. That doesn’t mean I always use the advice lol, but it’s definitely come in handy when I remember to use it! 😛 (You can read my review here.)
Reads I’m most looking forward to in 2013:
The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling – One way or another people have been talking about this book a lot; either how much they love it or how much they hate it, and as an extreme Harry Potter fan, I can’t wait to add my two cents!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Again I have heard so much about this book on the blogosphere, and although I’ve owned the book for ages I haven’t actually taken it off my shelf! But it’s sparkly pretty awesomeness is calling to me lately. 🙂
The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan – Trudi Canavan is one of my all time favourite authors and since this book was part of a trilogy I was waiting for all of them to come out at once so I could devour them together! Well, the final book is now released so I can’t wait to get started. 😀
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So time to revise those 2012 New Years Resolutions!
1.) Pass my ALevels – CHECK 😀
2.) Get into University – COMPLETED. I still genuinely can’t believe I’m at university, but I’m so proud of myself for getting there, it took a lot of hard work!
3.) Read more literary, and classics books. – DONE! I’ve read four literary classics this year and I’m pretty impressed by this. 🙂 I’ve really enjoyed exploring the classics! I wasn’t expecting to love them as much as I have, and it’s almost like I can feel my brain/knowledge expanding with each one I read. That probably sounds crazy…but they just make me think about so many complex issues I wouldn’t have considered before, and they’ve been really enlightening in a lot of ways.
4.) Complete the Eclectic reader Challenge. – FAIL. 😛 I’ve still got three books left to read for it. What has this taught me? I’m terrible at sticking to lists! I’ve read 22 books this year, only 9 of which are on the challenge. Ahem. Whoops. But what can I say? The whims of a bookworm cannot be tamed, mwuhuuu! I will still complete it, but it will just be in 2013 (even though it’s after the deadlines finished…..ohh well).
5.) Read 6 books from the Rory Gilmore Challenge. – Just! I’ve read exactly 6; The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, Emma by Jane Austen, Rapunzel and Snow White and Rose Red by The Brothers Grimm, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Woop, woop!
6.) Get back into writing. – Kinda. I’m taking creative writing which I had to write a short story for, so that counts right? :S
Since I love making New Years Resolutions so much (because I actually make mine more positive and fun rather than chores :P) This years resolutions are:
1.) Start keeping a diary again – After having a bad year in 2011 I just stopped writing in my diary because I didn’t want to write about the stuff that was going on, but recently I was flicking though past diaries and they really made me smile, so I am going to *tentatively* attempt one again this year.
2.) Continue reading more classics – Because hey, THE FUN! 😀
3.) Continue with the Rory Gilmore Challenge – I’m again going to aim to read 6 of these in 2013 (mostly because most of these are classics so they overlap).
4.) Pass my first year of university. :S
5.) Get my TBR pile down – But lets face it, we all know that me saying this will probably be an epic fail from day one. I mean, this is ME we’re talking about. 😛 I currently have 174 books on my TBR pile, (and I’ve probably forgotten to put a few on there) and that’s despite putting a book ban on myself this year. I had 140-something on the pile beforehand. Yeah…that turned out really well. HA! :S
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Well, Happy New Year everyone, I wish you all the best for 2013! 😀
I’m looking forward to reading all your blog posts in the year to come!
I’m off to party, over and out! 😛
2012 book image: Mine. Please do not reuse.
The Hunger Games boxset: http://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/11534111-the-hunger-games
Inheritance book cover: http://www.readingrevels.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Inheritance-Inheritance-4-christopher-paolini.jpeg
Emma book cover: http://greenskyoutside.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/emma-book-cover.jpg
Pic of me: Mine, obviously. 😛