1. I like big books and I cannot lie.
In 2013 I made the decision to give up on my usual annual Goodreads reading goal. I hate the way it reproaches you at every single log-in, reminding you exactly how slowly you are progressing towards you goals (because I am ALWAYS behind). And I kind of had the feeling that having this goal was leading me towards choosing shorter, 'easier' reads to help me reach my target.
Removing this self-imposed benchmark turned out to be a great idea. Some of my favourite reads of this year have turned out to be absolute mammoths, several of which have been sitting on my shelf untouched for ages. Here's to more doorstops in 2014!
2. I am actually kind of a fan of fantasy novels.
In the past I have always had very particular views on science fiction/fantasy books. Dystopian settings - sure, great. Anything else remotely speculative was approached with definite suspicion. I think there's even a statement in the 'about me' section of this blog saying that I just plain don't like Fantasy. How wrong I was! This year I have discovered just how wide-reaching the SFF umbrella actually is. I have discovered so many great reads with a paranormal bent, and all have been very different from one another. I definitely think this is a trend that I will continue to follow over the next year.
3. I am easily distracted.
This year I had a blogging break for several months for a number of reasons. OK, so I started a new job in August, and it has been way more stressful and busy than I had imagined - particularly as I have a very major exam coming up at the end of this month. But while I'd like to pretend that all the time I spent not reading was taken up with worthwhile pursuits and hard study, that would be stretching the truth a little. The blogging break also coincided roughly with my purchase of a Nintendo 3DS, which has proved an unbelievably seductive distraction, particularly following the release of Pokémon X. I just lost a lot of my motivation to read. And like most of us, I find it so difficult to avoid the little diversions that build up over the course of the day like Twitter and Youtube.
Consequently, a big goal of mine for 2014 is to keep focused and waste less of my precious time on forgettable distractions.
4. Turns out I really, really like a red-black-white colour scheme.
Compare this post to last year's favourites...
As for bookish goals and resolutions for the coming year...well, I don't seem to have any! I haven't enrolled in any challenges this time around and I haven't even registered to be a giver for World Book Night. I guess as long as I can keep discovering new reads and finding great books to enjoy, I'll be happy. I did not enjoy that reading slump I went through, so avoiding another one will be an achievement in itself.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season and wish you all the best for 2014. Thank you so much to anybody who has read and commented on here over the past twelve months, and an even bigger thank you to all you bloggers who have taken the time to write reviews and recommendations that have led to me discovering some absolute gems!