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Goals and the end of the year and stuff

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Happy 2013 everyone! It's that time again where everyone discusses the best of last year and their goals for the next.

THEN:
2012 goodreads stats details
Edited this post to add this chart, with *hat tip* to Heidi @ BunburyintheStacks

I had just as many books on my favorites list this year as in previous years, but 2012 wasn't what I'd call a stellar year in reading quantity. I read 52 books, which is low for me Here is a visual aid (click to embiggen):
books read chart 2012
Upward trajectory halted! But that's OK. Over 50 is pretty good when I think back and remember what 2012 was like.

Here are my excuses:

  1. Rampant TV watching. I know, but I can't help it. Last year Spring-Summer was all cycling and the Olympics, Fall was rediscovering Friends, and Winter involved little Holiday movie addiction I have. I'll try to get some help, but we just bought a snazzier, fancier, bigger TV recently. Wish me luck for 2013.

  2. Job. This is a valid reason and the biggest one - long meetings held at night really did a number on my free time and my reading routines. I was also very busy in general.

  3. A certain ennui brought on by excuses 1 and 2 and by all the drama that went on in the middle of 2012 (I think that took up some head space because it made book blogging less of a "happy place" it used to be for me. I'm beyond that now though).

  4. I still haven't figured out how to be faster at writing reviews. If anything, it takes me longer. Reviewer time management fail. It's a work in progress.


NOW:
Well it's 2013, I have a brand new job. I think the big problem I had last year with work hours and personal time won't be such an issue in this one. So far it is looking good, but we shall see. And I had a really nice long break in December between jobs in which I did NOTHING. I have no regrets about that because it means I feel a lot more invigorated about reading and reviewing now.

The goals for this year are.. well maybe "general idea" rather than goals, but here's what I'm thinking:

  • Keep going for 100 books read per year
  • Work on SERIES reading. I have a lot of series I am very behind on but I have all the books. I think I'm going to maybe start getting on reading those things.
  • Finish up those reviews I'm behind on from last year
to review strip

Oh, so those reviews I need to do. This is the list below. I have a few to write and I was thinking if people gave me the puppy-dog eyes about certain books, I'll probably work on those first. Anything take your fancy? Let me know!

Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire
Polymer by Sally Rogers-Davidson
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey
Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Adorkable by Sarra Manning
Dark and Stormy Nights anthology
Seeing Me Naked by Liza Palmer

... I am really behind.

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temporaryworlds
Jan. 10th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
The real life/blog balance can be a tricky one to achieve. There were certain times this year (November!) that I could tell I was really neglecting the blog sides of things, and I'm already feeling the crunch this year. Good luck trying to find a balance!

Oh and I'd love to see your thoughts on Heart's Blood. It's been a while since I've read a book by Juliet Marillier and I'm quite curious about that one.
janicu
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Exactly - that balance can be very difficult to achieve. Why November for you? Were you doing Nanowrimo?

OK, Heart's Blood going on the list! It's funny, people have been commenting on what reviews they'd like to see and so far: no overlaps yet!
temporaryworlds
Jan. 11th, 2013 01:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was doing NaNoWriMo, and working a lot of overtime too.
calico_reaction
Jan. 10th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I want to see McGuire and Andrews!

Have you ever considered doing flash reviews? Split your list into two posts, divided by something all the books have in common (or just one long one), and do mini-reviews for each book? That'd help you get caught up in a jiffy!
janicu
Jan. 11th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, everyone is pointing at a different book! Alright, adding to list of the ones to start with. :)

Hmm, I hadn't considered that. I am pretty decent at doing flash reviews of short stories. I'm not sure about full-length books though. I'll think about this as an option.
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