It’s a little disheartening to sit down to write the last blog post for the year and realise you already wrote it. This time last year. Alas 2015 – at least the second half of it – has been even more personally trying than 2014 which has impacted unfavourably on my bookish goals (on loads of other aspects of life too but that’s for a whole different blog that, you should be grateful, I’ll never start). In summary the death of my mum in August led to much emotional upheaval and wrangling with bureaucracy. It’s hard to say which of those has been more draining.
Nevertheless I feel obliged to report my achievements against my bookish goals for the year which were to…
Read and Review 25 books for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. Fail. I read 18 books and reviewed 13 of them. Some fabulous books among the 18 though.
Read at least 6 books by new (to me) authors set in different states of the US as part of my ongoing Reading USA Fiction challenge. Fail (though I got close) I read only 5 eligible books this year to bring my total to a paltry 8 books after two years! I’ll be retired before I make it all the way around the US at this rate.
Read at least 6 books that aren’t crime/mystery/thrillers. Fail (though I got close). I can legitimately count 4 books in this category and will give myself a fifth though some look at it as crime (a book about decluttering, a dystopian novel, my first romance in two decades, a book I thought was crime based on its adaptation but really isn’t and an almost-crime novel about the difficulties of escape .
Read books set in at least 10 different countries (not counting Australia, America or England). Success. Although Australia and England once again provided the most popular settings for my reading I virtually visited the USA 10 times and 18 other countries at least once.
Read at least 20 books I owned at the start of the year. Fail. Only 15 of my first time reads this year qualify (I did a bit of re-reading of comfort books but that doesn’t count for this purpose).
Buy no physical or eBooks from non-Australian stores (audio books excepted). Fail. I bought one eBook from Amazon that I just could not obtain locally <insert shame faced emoticon here>.
Participate in at least 6 of the monthly classic crime challenges hosted by Past Offences. Success. I managed to read and review books for 9 months this year (and had a good go at a 10th) and thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. Even the not-so-great books generated interesting discussion.
Two out of seven is a fairly poor showing but on the bright side there is loads of room for improvement in 2016. Did you have any bookish goals this year? Do you find this kind of goal helpful?
Wishing everyone a safe, happy and (for fellow Aussies) a cool and fire-free New Year.