Friday 30 December 2016

2016 Wrap Up

Ah, yes, it's that time of year when everyone wraps up their reading totals, their challenges and brag about how they've done. Well, now I'm going to do the same! 

A to Z Challenge
Nearly completed - I know I wasn't going to manage any X's or Z's and I didn't but also, weirdly, I didn't have a K. I'm not going to list them all - can anyone say boring? - but it was a good mix of YA, adult and even a few non-fiction. 

British Books
Boom! 28 total over the year. Mostly YA but a couple of adult fiction, which I'm happy with. All very good books.

Classics Challenge
I struggled with this one, my reading habits were all over the place in the second half of the year but I managed to read one classic every month, from Northanger Abbey to Charlotte's Web. 

I do this every year, set myself a target, see how far I can beat it. I always use Goodreads to keep track of my reading, the books on my TBR and release dates. At time of writing, I just finished my 130th book! I can see myself finishing maybe one or two more before New Year but I think with everything that's been going on, I'm quite proud of that total!

Behold photographic evidence of my best books of the year!

Me As I just mentioned, my reading habits have changed this year. With two jobs and at times, three locations, reading was way down on my list of priorities and near the beginning of summer I was actually getting worried about how slow I was reading. Luckily it did pick up, partly because of the summer holidays - yay for working in a college! - and partly because one of the three locations ended in October. 

I'm not sure if I've actually told you all this but I work in a public and a college library. The public one I've been at for a year and a half now and that's just weekends. The college job I got initially as maternity cover and then more hours were available at another site. Which was great, because the other site is my local college, literally right round the corner from me.

Anyway, all of these changes back and forth means that my reading, blogging and online life has taken a bit of a back seat and I can only apologise for that. One of my resolutions is to update and plan my blogging and, probably vainly, to take more and better instagram photos. I really do adore the book online community and lately blogging has almost felt like a chore and I don't ever want it to come to that. So, here's to a brighter, better and book filled 2017! 

Let me know how you all have done with reading challenges and if you have any reading resolutions for the new year. 

1 comment:

  1. I barely made my British Book Challenge - I raced this last week to catch up and scraped by with fourteen :) But congratulations on all your reads - 130! Thats amazing! Sounds like you've had a really great reading year!