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Looking Back At 2012

I actually can’t believe it’s 2013. Where did 2012 go?

I’ve just been discussing how 2012 went from a writing point of view. I have to admit, not well. Every year after NaNo it takes me MONTHS to get back into writing – I’m talking until the summer. In 2012, I never really got back into it, until NaNo hit again in November.

I can make lots of excuses up (I started a new job that was a lot more work, and I actually cared about and had responsibility in February), but really I just don’t know the reason. I still want to write, but it’s just something missing between the want and the actual doing. I’ve tried loads of things to get me out of the funk, and loads have worked, but only short term.

Maybe I’m being a little hard on myself here (but maybe I need it?). I think I wrote 80,000 words in 2012. 50,000 in NaNo (yep, I won again – 4th year in a row!), and 30,000 on The Man of My Dreams. That’s not actually all that bad. Obviously though, it could be better.

I’ve nearly finished TMOMD, I’ve got a couple of scenes to finish and add, but I think my next step is printing and editing and I’ll add those scenes in as I go. I’m not 100% sure I took the story down the right route, so I may have to rewrite about 20,000 of those. Depressing, but it may be necessary. Maybe that’s why I’m taking so long to get on with it.

In 2012 I read 34 books. You know what’s funny? In 2011, I also read 34 books. Without planning to read the same number each year. (I’m wrong, I’ve actually read 35 this year. Not so weird). I’ve read some really good books. I’d like to talk about them more though, so I’ll so a separate blog sometime on them!

I took part in 3 reading challenges – Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge (12 Mystery/Suspense novels), the Chick Lit Challenge (12 Chick lit novels – 2 debut novels in 2012) and the TBR Pile Challenge. I read all the books I needed to for the Mystery and Chick Lit ones, but didn’t get all the reviews done – in fact I need to write 10 to complete them. I’m going with I finished though. Yay. For the TBR Challenge, I only read 10 novels. Gutted. I should have succeeded on this. One I realised I was never going to read – The Lollipop Shoes (as it’s a sequel and I’ve not read the first), but I have no excuse on the others.

I have however been part of a book group. We’ve read 8 (I think) books this year. I’ve really enjoyed that, and am looking forward to next year. Once we decide the next novel.

2012 was a good year. Here’s to 2013 being even better!

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2012 Reading Challenges Catch Up

I’m just going through the lists of novels I’ve read for my 3 reading challenges this year. On some I’m doing well, others not so well.

I’m doing three reading challenges this year – Book Chick City’s Mystery and Suspense Challenge, Roof Beam Reader’s TBR Pile Challenge, and Chick Lit Plus’ Chick Lit Reading Challenge.

I’ve been doing the Mystery and Suspense Challenge for years now, I believe this is the third year in a row. I love it. And you know what? I’ve finished it this year already*. Well, I’ve finished the reading, I just need to write a couple of reviews now. When I say a couple… I mean 6. Yes, I’ve read 12* books, and reviewed 6. Shocking. I’m going to try to write a book review every week going forward, so I should catch up before the end of the year – I hope. Maybe for the next couple of weeks I’ll post two reviews a week. Sigh, next year I’ll get better at reviews!

*Just found out I’ve actually read 13 – well over! Awesome. Only that means I’ve got another to review. Oh dear.

When I heard about The TBR Pile Challenge (To Be Read) I KNEW I had to do it – had to. With over 50 unread books on my shelf, it would be a massive push to get through them, even if it would only be 12 of them (14 max, because there are two alternatives). My plan was to read one a month (as is always my plan with challenges with 12 books in 12 months). It started well, better than well. By the end of January I’d read two.

I didn’t read any in February, one in March and so it went. We’re now halfway through the 9th month, so I should have read at least 8. I haven’t. I’ve read 6. And reviewed 4. That’s actually not too bad. I’ve just finished my last book, so I’ll start one for this challenge today. That means by the end of the 9th month, I will have read 7. Not great, but not a bad position. Leaves me three months to read five books. Two months actually, because I don’t read in November (NaNo!). Ok, not great at all, but not terrible.

My final challenge was the one I thought I’d do the best in – the Chick Lit Challenge. Usually that’s what I read the most of. Or that’s what I think I read the most of. Actually in 2011 I read 10 chick lit books, but 11 thrillers. Pretty even. Considering I’ve now completed the Mystery and Suspense Challenge, you’d think I’d almost be done with this one, wouldn’t you?

I’m not. I’m exactly where I should be at this time of year – I’ve read 9 (I won’t mention that 2 were read this month!). Reviewing isn’t going too well on this – I’ve only done 5. Ah. Ok, so 9 to catch up on, 3 to read and review. Not bad. I’m quite happy with this.

Some of the TBR books I have left to read, are also chick lit books (woop, nicely chosen there Helen!). Two of them. That means that I have 7 books left to read this year. I can definitely read one more, possibly two this month. I’ve got lots of train journeys coming up and a few free weekends, so it should be fine. I’m not worried. Not yet anyway.

I was going to just finish this now, but I think it’s probably good to have a list of the books I’ve read, and the challenges they relate to. So here goes:

Mystery & Suspense Challenge:

Snapshot by Craig Robertson
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larrson
After The Snow by SD Crockett
Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green
The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugdall
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards
About Last Night by Adele Parks
Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay
SaleFalls by Jodi Piccoult
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
The Last Juror by John Grisham

The Chick Lit Challenge:

Bewteen A Mother and Her Child by Elizabeth Noble
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
About Last Night by Adele Parks
The Patchwork Marriage by Jane Green
After the Party by Lisa Jewell
The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes
The Single Girl’s To Do List by Lindsey Kelk
The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
All That Glitters by Ilana Fox

The TBR Challenge:

Petit Anglais by Catherine Sanderson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larrson
Salem Falls by Jodi Piccoult
After The Party by Lisa Jewell
The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes
The Last Juror by John Grisham

The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes Review

June the first, a bright summer’s evening, a Monday . . .

And into the busy, bustling homes at 66 Star Street slips, unseen, a mysterious visitor. As the couples, flatmates and repentant singletons of No 66 fall in and out of love, clutch at and drop secrets, laugh, cry and simply try to live, no one suspects the visitor patiently waiting in the wings. For soon, really very soon, everything is going to change . . .

 

Marian Keyes was the first author I really remember getting me into chick lit. I remember at uni reading all her novels, and loving every single one. As her career progressed, I carried on reading, and loving every single one of them.

Which is why it was such a surprise that I bought The Brightest Star in the Sky when it came out, but it sat on my shelf for a few years before I read it. I can’t explain why that is, I cannot understand any logical reason why I would have done that.

In January when I was deciding my 12 books for the TBR Pile Challenge, I knew I had to put this on – oh, how hard for me.

I started reading it, and, predictably, couldn’t put it down. I was enthralled with the characters, I laughed and cried with them. TBSITS is Keyes at her best (does she write anything that isn’t her best? I’ve not read it if she has – and like I said I’ve read everything of hers). It’s not Angels, which to be honest is hard to beat because it’s in my top 5 ever books, but it’s damn good. I’d recommend it to any Keyes fan, or female fiction fan, in fact anyone.

Keyes’ new novel ‘The Mystery of Mercy Close’ is out in September, and I will be there on the day, ready to buy it, and this time, I’ll read it immediately. I cannot wait!

Chick Lit Reading Challenge 2012

Looky what I found a couple of days ago (probably the weekend actually, just not had a chance to do this until now). Chick Lit Challenge 2012. It’s like the Mystery & Suspense Challenge I’ve signed up to, only, obvioulsy, with chick lit novels not thrillers. Woop! That is so my kind of challenge.

12 novels, all chick lit. 2 HAVE to be debut novels which are released in 2012. Woop!

AND there’s prizes each month.

I totally didn’t have to think about this before I knew I’d sign up. I can’t wait. I’m going to have to cause I have a few books on my immediate TBR pile, but I don’t want to have to 😦 Oh well!

If you’re interested in taking part, or want to know more about it, check out Chick Lit Plus’ sign up page here.