Friday, January 18, 2013

New Year, New Books, New Ventures

I’m a bit late with this post, but like a lot of my bookish friends, I’ve been recovering from sickness, or as we referred to it at my house, “the death virus,” so my blogging break was a bit longer than I originally anticipated. I’ve missed you guys and can’t wait to stop by your blogs and catch up!

I completed my 2012 reading challenge last year and surpassed my goal by reading 107 books...

and challenged myself to read 100 books in 2013.

This year, I completed my first Debut Author Challenge, and a couple of the books I read for this challenge became 2012 favorites:

Debut Author Challenge 2012

12 / 12

I won’t be participating in any challenges or tours this year, and I’m cutting way down on requests and ARCs. I am officially declaring 2013 the year of the fun reads. I want to read what I want to read when I want to read it, and the same goes for reviews.  No deadlines and no pressure.

The lovely Ari from Reading After Midnight posted this on her Facebook page last year and it has stuck with me:

  “I blog because I read, I don’t read because I blog.”

I don't ever want to lose sight of my reason for doing this.  No out-of-control TBR piles and not being able to read new releases because of being buried by requests.  That's just not what I want. I already have a job and blogging is my fun hobby -- my ‘me time.’ Life is too short to read a book I don't enjoy when there are so many amazing ones waiting on my bookshelves.

There are a lot of older books/series that I never got to, and I have so many recommendations from my favorite bloggers that I want to read as well. I'm looking forward to several much-anticipated new releases, and a few of my favorite trilogies will be coming to an end (*sniffs*). I’m also exploring some different genres this year - some that I have shied away from in the past. That’s right… some of them will be -- *gasp* -- monster-less books... but I’m braving the scariest genre out there: contemporaries. *quivers*

  I’ve already read several books since Christmas that aren't in my 'reading comfort zone':

EasyHopelessStolen: A Letter to My CaptorThe Perks of Being a Wallflower

 And you know what? I LOVED them. I’ve cried bucketfuls. One made me ugly cry/sob my guts out… and I think that may be why I cut such a wide path around these type of books, but sometimes we all need a good cry and, more importantly, to FEEL. I can't wait to share my reviews of these awesome books with you.

One of my favorite quotes from Hopeless is this:

“Should it matter what genre it is if the book is good?”

How fitting that I came across that line as I’m wading into these new reading waters!

Any great books you think I should add to my list? I'm taking suggestions!

I had an amazing 2012! I read some incredible books, I met some fabulous people, I got to know some of my favorite bloggers better, and I reached and even surpassed certain bookish and blogging goals I set for myself.

I look forward to meeting more book lovers and fellow bloggers this year, and I wish you ALL an amazing and beautiful 2013!    I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule on Monday. Until then, my lovely fellow readers… xoxo