New Year’s resolutions are becoming nothing more than pressure. If we’re not promising ourselves to honour our gym subscription, lose 5kg., to learn how to speak a foreign language, or to go through those random boxes in the attic, you can count on bibliophiles gearing up to fix the number of books they’re planning on devouring in the new year. I’m guilty as charged. I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.
2012 has finally come to a successful end since I managed to finish my Goodreads goal by reading 51 books. Here’s the part where you hear some cool music and of course lots of cheering for me. I tried to choose different types of books and added some YA novels to my repertoire, with some reservation in 2012. I’m still trying to like it as much as some but it seems just a little on the predictable, light side for me. I’ll continue to read YA to give it a chance and I’m not giving up on finding some good ones. Moreover, the YA titles I’ll decide to read in the future will hopefully be chosen with care. If you have any recommendations please write them below. Be careful not to suggest too many trilogies and series because you know how much they get on my nerves, although they seem to be the thing to publish at the moment. There’s always one book that disappoints in them. With that said from the 51 books I read, my 12 Best Reads of 2012 in no particular order were:
I was lucky to have chosen such interesting books, but unfortunately there were a few duds –1. Fifty Shades of Grey, 2. Fifty Shades Darker, and 3. Fifty Shades Freed. They were the worst.Henceforth, another one of my goals of 2013 is to try to pick high calibre books no matter what genre and to enjoy my reading. Speaking of resolutions, this year my goal is to read more African-American literature, more classics, more detective/thriller novels, a few rereads, more graphic novels, and more books from The Guardian Weekly’s 1000 novels everyone must read http://didibooksenglish.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/, which includes a bit of everything previously listed . My challenges this year will be 55 books for the Goodreads 2013 reading Challenge and 5 books for the Big Book Challenge on Goodreads. That’s probably a few too many since I’m pretty busy, but I love a challenge and I gotta try. So, I’ll certainly give it a good go.
As for my blog, I’m also adding a new rubric called Teacher Feature where I feature an EFL teacher working here in France each month. These posts will contain information on what it’s like teaching EFL in France in different environments. There will also be more posts on book related subjects, whether it be on book events, authors, new releases, and maybe even some other stuff. I’d also like to thank all my subscribers immensely for supporting ReadEng. Didi’s Press this year and hope that 2013 here keeps your interest peaked about books and the literary world, and urges you to continue to comment or to begin to comment if you haven’t done so yet. I wish you all very Happy reading, but most of all, I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR with much love, friendship, health, and prosperity in 2013!!