What a year. Good things happened. Bad things happened. And I read a lot of books. That pretty much sums it up for me. Not going to delve into personal life and 2013 resolutions because, well, I don’t want to.
I don’t say it enough, but thank you to everyone who reads my little spot on the internet. I truly appreciate the amazing people I’ve met over the past 2.5 years and am looking forward to meeting more and interacting with new people in 2013!
I finished all three of my challenges with 30 books and read a grand total of 81 books in 2012. According to Goodreads I read 32,866 pages. I’m not sure how accurate that is, but who cares, I read a lot! My original goal was 60 books, five books a month, and that will stand for 2013. I’m sure I will surpass it again this year, but I will not increase that goal because reading should be about fun and not about numbers. There are definitely other cool facts I could share, but go and explore and find out! (You can also see the 2012 WordPress recap here.)
And the photo above, is why I am doing my best to go on a book buying ban for the first six months of 2013.My bookshelf is so far beyond overflowing I HAVE to start clearing it off. This will be difficult as I have over $100 in gift cards to various bookstores, but I can do it! There are only two exceptions to this rule: I can purchase a book (with a gift card) for book group and if the fifth book of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is released in Paperback I can purchase it. My to-be-read list (physical and Kindle) has surpassed 175 and I need to trim it down. If I read only 50 books a year I’m already looking at 4 years almost on my shelf alone! Not to mention the 275 other books on my dream list to read at some point.
So hopefully for the last time for a long while this is the last recent acquisition post! Not all of these pictured are recent acquisitions, I was able to bring quite a few up from storage in NC after the holidays, but more are new than should be, of special note are Gone Girl which I won from Rebecca at Love at First Book and The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth sent to me by my good friend Chet 😀 Click on each photo to see the titles up close. (I’m a little peeved I only just now discovered the gallery feature. Sheesh! It would’ve made the last two monthly updates SO much easier.) Full text list at the end of the post.
In addition I received a few bookish things for my Birthday and Christmas that are just AWESOME and I have to share:
The bag is from my sister and I don’t remember where I found it, but I’m in love with it because it has a pocket inside that’s the PERFECT size for my kindle. The quote is from my best friend Alie and I need to get a nice frame for it to go with all my Boston Book Festival posters. The personal library kit is from my friend Caroline and it’s perfect because I keep lending her loads of books. And Matt, my roommate, got me the Star Wars origami book which I am VERY excited about and can’t wait to try out!
And I wouldn’t be me without closing out the year with a minor complaint. Check this out:
That is the HORRIBLE packaging that single book arrived in. I don’t even know where to begin so I just won’t. Shame on you Amazon, shame on you.
And on that note, Happy New Year! Have a wonderfully joyous, healthy and prosperous 2013!
Books Acquired List (Bolded denotes those moved to Boston from NC)
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
- Running with the Demon (The Word & Void Trilogy #1) – Terry Brooks
- A Knight of the Word (The Word & Void Trilogy #2) – Terry Brooks
- Angel Fire East (The Word & Void Trilogy #3) – Terry Brooks
- Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
- The Beans of Egypt, Maine – Carolyn Chute
- Matilda (en Español) – Roald Dahl
- The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir
- The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai
- The Woman Who Walked into Doors – Roddy Doyle
- Hallucinating Foucalt – Patricia Duncker
- Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
- An Introduction (The History of Sexuality #1) – Michel Foucault
- The Use of Pleasure (The History of Sexuality #2) – Michel Foucalt
- The Care of the Self (The History of Sexuality #3) – Michel Foucalt
- The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan
- Winter Birds – Jim Grimsley
- A Painted House – John Grisham
- I Served the King of England – Bohumil Hrabal
- The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
- To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
- The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories – D. Leavitt & M. Mitchell (Ed.)
- A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian – Marina Lewycka
- The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing – Mark Mitchell (Ed.)
- The Sea, the Sea – Iris Murdoch
- The Dante Club – Matthew Pearl
- City of Night – John Rechy
- The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth – Alexandra Robbins
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
- The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
- The Silmarillon – J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Brontë Project – Jennifer Vandever
- Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh