I’ve never been one to believe much in the magical powers of a calendar to bring about change but I must admit I’m looking forward to just that possibility when I wake tomorrow morning. Even though we’re due to start the year with a stinker of a heat wave I’m pinning quite a bit of hope on the idea that my run of misfortune will be stymied by the change of date. I shan’t bore you with the details of why this year has sucked but, because I can’t go a whole year without some kind of chart, will share a couple of images that demonstrate the impact of my non-reading life on the subject of this blog.
The above chart shows where this year’s reading falls in my reading history – the worst since my first full year of blogging about this subject in 2009. But the below chart tells an even clearer story, charting my reading over the year. After the mid-year burst to complete all the titles submitted for the competition I was a judge for, I’ve barely read a word for the last half of the year. But I’ll take solace from the fact that the chart does end on an upswing.
For accountability’s sake I thought I’d revisit my resolutions for this year and see just how badly I’ve fared…
I did manage to achieve the highest level of Australian Women Writers challenge which requires reading and reviewing 10 books (I read 18 books and reviewed 12 this year) but didn’t beat my personal goal of surpassing last year’s total of 20 books read and reviewed. I shall be returning as a participant and co-host for this challenge in 2015 (you can sign up too).
I have done woefully on the Reading USA Fiction Challenge. This requires the reading of 50 books – one for each state of the union – and I have read a total of three! I have actually read more American novels than this during the year but my personal slant for this challenge is that the book must be set in the relevant state and the author must be new to me. I’ll keep going with this challenge in 2015…and beyond (you can join in too).
I planned to read 31-40 books that I owned prior to the start of 2014 and managed only 19 so the TBR Pile Reading Challenge was a failure for me. I don’t think I’ll sign up for a specific challenge on this front on 2015 but I do hope to do better on working through books I already own.
Not really a challenge but…I did meet my goal to only buy books from Australian stores – though to be totally honest I didn’t buy many books even there – only 6! But at least my discretionary spending in this area has all been local!
Hope 2014 was a better year for you all than it was for me and wishing you good fortune, and good reading, for 2015.