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2012 In Books.

For my final look back at 2012 I thought I’d have a look at the books I read. I set my Goodreads challenge as 150 books, I actually managed to read 163. I tried really hard throughout the year to tag the books I was reading so that I could get a better picture of what I was actually reading.

Goodreads allows you to rate books out of 5 stars. I rated my reads:
5 star books = 37 (23%)
4 star books = 80 (49%)
3 star books = 31 (19%)
2 star books = 9 (5%)
unrated books = 6 (4%)


Author Nationality.
Things like the British Book Challenge and UKYA blog have made me more conscious of where the books I’m reading are from.
American authors = 44 (28%)
Australian authors = 6 (4%)
British authors = 104 (65%)
Canadian authors = 2 (1%)
French authors = 2 (1%)
Irish authors = 2 (1%)


There are two books that I can’t include here, Read to Succeed and Girl Meets Boy were both written by multiple authors so the books had more than one nationality represented.

Book Type.
The books I read in 2012 can be split into the following types:
Fiction – Novels = 127 (78%)
Fiction – Novellas = 3 (2%)
Fiction – Short Story Anthologies = 3 (2%)
Fiction – Picture Books = 15 (9%)
Fiction – Graphic Novels = 6 (4%)
Non-fiction = 9 (5%)


Target Audience.
This year I’ve read far fewer books targeted at adults than in previous years:
Children’s books = 18 (11%)
Middle grade books (aimed at 8 – 12 year olds) = 22 (14%)
Teen / Young Adult books = 77 (47%)
Adult books = 46 (28%)


2013 Book Resolutions.
Based on all of this I’ve made a few reading resolutions:

    • My Goodreads target for 2013 is to read 180 books.
      Read more books by authors who aren’t from the UK or USA.
      Read more picture books and graphic novels.
      Follow through on last year’s pledge to read at least one non-fiction book each month.
  • Yearly Round Up

    2012 in review.

    CalenderAfter having a wonderful 30th birthday yesterday it’s time to turn my attention back to it being the end of the year, and posting my year in review meme entry. I thought I’d done this meme in the last couple of years but I think it must have been on my old blog instead, that blog doesn’t exist any more so sadly I can’t credit where I first saw the meme – if anyone remembers it please let me know so I can give appropriate credit.

    1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

    Went to a couple of Doctor Who conventions, ate Thai food, read digital comics.

    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next this year?

    I didn’t make any, I did however fail miserably at my Things Before 30 list which seemed like a good idea at the time but faded over the year.

    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

    Yes, November and December saw the births of Paula, George and Charlie – the children of a cousin and of close friends.

    4. Did anyone close to you die?


    5. What countries did you visit?

    Does Wales count? Spent a lot of time visiting there! Also the USA for my New York holiday.

    6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

    A completed degree, a job as a librarian.

    7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

    Specific dates? Not sure there are any, though there are lots of moments I’ll remember even if I don’t remember which date they happened.

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    9. What was your biggest failure?

    I’m answering these together because it doesn’t really feel like 2012 was a year of either big achievements or failures, I’m partway through my degree so it was a year of just carrying on.

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

    Nothing major, obviously continued to experience my usual health issues but didn’t have anything new.

    11. What was the best thing you bought?

    Convention tickets, this year I went to three conventions and each was a wonderful weekend.

    12. Where did most of your money go?

    Rent and tuition fees.

    13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    My holiday to New York, especially getting to eat proper pizza and cheesecake and visiting the New York Public Library.

    14. What song will always remind you of 2012?

    Good question, probably two of the songs I saw Brian Nutter perform at Con-2 – his cover of Pink Houses by John Mellencamp (which was a duet with Christian Kane) and his song Red Sundress.

    15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

    a) happier or sadder?


    b) thinner or fatter?

    A little thinner.

    c) richer or poorer?


    16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

    Spent more time with friends, writing.

    17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

    Watching rubbish shows in the hope they might improve.

    18. Did you fall in love in 2012?

    Yes, with the Avengers film and cast.

    19. What was your favorite TV program?

    My favourites were; Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Arrow, Elementary, Chicago Fire, Castle, and more.

    20. What was the best book you read?

    I loved so many, but particularly A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne, The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, Hollow Pike by James Dawson and the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.

    21. What was your favorite film of this year?

    The Avengers, and then The Hobbit was a late entry and love.

    22. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

    It was my birthday yesterday and I was 30. I had a wonderful weekend, Friday evening I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for the second time (and loved it just as much as the first time), Saturday evening was spent at my favourite local balti house and then the day itself included a family gathering and much cake.

    23. What kept you sane?

    Friends, books, cross stitching, Twitter.

    24. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    The absolute most? Hmm, I think it was probably still Tom Hardy though there are a fair few contenders.

    25. Who did you miss?

    Friends I didn’t manage to see enough of, there are so many I only managed to see a couple of times over the course of the year.

    26. Who was the best new person you met?

    I met lots of new people this year, people who were entirely new to me and people who I’d known online for a while and got to meet in person at last. Don’t think I could possibly pick just one!

    Book Stuff · Films · TV Stuff

    My 2012 Favourites.

    I thought this year instead of doing seperate best of 2012 list posts I’d do one consolidated post – my favourite books that I’ve read, films and tv shows I’ve watched this year. Each list is in no particular order, I’m afraid I’m not prepared to spend the next week arguing with myself about ranking the list entries! It’s been a pretty wonderful year for all of these things, there were so many that nearly made the list but had to give way for something I simply couldn’t omit.

    My Books of 2012.

    1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

    2. Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

    3. Hollow Pike by James Dawson

    4. The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne (Hounded, Hexed and Hammered)

    5. Department 19 and Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill

    6. Kiss, Date, Love, Hate by Luisa Plaja

    7. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

    8. Saving June by Hannah Harrington

    9. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

    10. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

    My Films of 2012.

    1. Avengers Assemble

    2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    3. Dark Knight Rises

    4. The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists

    5. Magic Mike

    6. Lawless

    7. Premium Rush

    8. 21 Jump Street
    9. Looper
    10. The Intouchables

    My TV Shows of 2012.

    1. The Walking Dead

    2. Doctor Who

    3. Sons of Anarchy


    4. Leverage

    5. Chicago Fire

    6. Merlin

    7. Southland


    8. Sherlock

    9. Castle

    10. Elementary

    What were your favourites this year?