So the time around holidays tends to be chaotically busy... and I tend to get frustratingly lazy. Also, my attention has been drawn away from reading this month.
On that note, Merry Christmas to everyone! Hopefully everyone is enjoying the holidays, a good book, a nice cup of something yummy, and keeping warm in your own little reading nook haven.
Anyway... As the end of the year approaches, I had wanted to write a piece detailing all the books I've read this year as well as all the books published in 2013 that I managed to get my hands on this year. I love writing and blogging, even if sometimes I have no idea what to blog about. And I'm not the best writer, but I try to perfect if I can.
Simply put, I just really like sharing my thoughts, and since there are very few friends in my actual real life I can discuss books with, I chose to blog my book thoughts. Thus far, it's been pretty satisfying.
2013 has been quite the year for me as a book worm. Ever since the days of elementary school when I first started reading for leisure regularly, and then into my middle school years where I proclaimed to anyone who would listen that I wanted to read "every book in the library", I'd pretty much given myself the mission of becoming a Master Level Bookworm with "uber fantastic reading skillz!"
That dream is still a work in progress.
Starting in high school, I began making my reading lists, compiling titles such as Lord of the Rings, everything Michael Crichton and Dean Koontz, what was out for the Harry Potter series... and so on and so forth. I always enjoyed English class reading assignments and I spent a lot of time allowing friends to randomly choose books for me to check out from the library.
But then college started and leisurely reading had to be put on hold in place of required reading of text books, essays, journal articles, research papers... the works.
And then college ended and now I have all the time in the world to read whatever I want to read.
And now I may begin to continue satisfying my Master Level Bookworm goals.
In 2011, I had just begun the task of going through my book shelf and reading all the books I owned. In 2011, I also discovered The Hunger Games and a little book cataloging site called Goodreads where I then went to discover a way to find all sorts of books I would be interested in reading. And also in 2011, I picked up my first e-reader, thus making it so much easier for me to find and purchase books with the simple click of a button.
2012 was a good year in fiction land for me, but still not quite as satisfying as it could have been. After the discovery of online book communities and social networking dedicated to books as well as several different book cataloging websites and the convenience of e-books, however... I've managed to go from reading 27 books in 2012 to having completed more than 100 books in 2013 -- 101 to date.
Sure... some of those books might have been short stories. But at least one of them was a two book volume and three of them were extremely long length novels totaling up to 700 pages and more. Nonetheless, setting aside the short stories, I still feel extremely accomplished in the number of books I've read, the number of reviews I've written, and the many number of books I will be planning to read soon.
Since this blog post would be immensely longer (than it already is), and I know I have a tendency to ramble on in a nonstop fashion, I'm not going to mention every book I've read this year (especially since I've read upwards of 100 books, and yes, I'm proud of myself for that).
Instead, I'm just going to talk about the end of the year and how I'm going to wrap things up for 2013, including the most recent books I've finished and the current books I'm reading. If I feel like it later, maybe I will write a post about the books I've read this year, emphasizing the ones I especially liked the most and the books that were the biggest disappointments.
But until then, here's the end of year wrap up and random thoughts.