So, 2014 is already well over. And as per usual, I’m just a little bit behind all the yearly wrap-ups that everyone managed to put together before the actual end of the year. Such is the fate of a notorious procrastinator like me.
But just because I’m such a lazy bones, it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to take the time to share some of my thoughts about the past year and look ahead a bit to the 2015 reading year.
Honestly, I haven’t been the reviewer I’ve wanted to be in 2014, and as I was putting together a list of my favourite reads of the year, I realised that I hadn’t managed to review a single one of them here on the blog. Which means that just describing why each one was so beloved becomes half a review! So, therefore, I will instead give you proper reviews of my favourites of 2014 over the coming weeks – “Books I Loved in 2014” – and if you look at the below picture, there’s a sneak-peek at some of what’s to come.
For now, the numbers of 2014, which – as I get older and wiser, you know – become more silly fun than any kind of serious indication of my reading life. In the end what matters more than numbers and names are the wondrous hours I spend in the company of new literary friends fighting dragons and roaming the streets of unknown cities.
Books read: 86 (considering the new job, international move and hardly any vacation, I’m pretty happy with this)
Pages read: 27451 (that seems completely insane, but if Goodreads says it, then it must be true!)
New Authors read: 41
Longest read: “The Dark Tower” by Stephen King
Shortest read: “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories”
As for 2015, I have so many particular books I want to read, so many lists and so many plans for the blog that it really is quite overwhelming! I always have the very best intentions, and want to read all the unread paper books on my shelves, all the unread ones on my Kindle and keep up with the books for review as well!
But if I’m honest and look at the fact that my average reads per year lies somewhere around 90 books, then if I never buy or borrow another book, it would take me about 10 years to get through everything I currently have! So… That’s not going to happen.
Instead, I will try to use 2015 to practice being better at just getting started. Not to have all the whole year’s worth of plans and good intentions (you know what they say about the road to Hell after all), but just pick up the book I most want to read at that very moment, and just enjoy it. Oh, and get better at writing reviews.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a festive New Year’s Eve, and that all your dreams for 2015 will come true: