Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s.  Christmas Day was very low-key for me but the next day my family got together for a celebration and that was a lot of fun.  I started to get sick shortly after and am now down with a bad cold.

A friend and I put together a Clue-themed murder mystery party for New Year’s Eve.  We dressed up as different characters and played a live version of the game and had a blast!  After the ball dropped at Midnight I left the party so that I could go home and get some rest.  It was a lot of fun and I’m really glad that I went, but I did pay for it today!  I spent the day on the couch with the puppy, catching up on the Christmas movies that I didn’t want during December and sleeping.
So, 2012 reading goals:
1. Read 104 books. Originally, I was officially going to say that my goal for the year is 75 books, but my real goal (and the one I’m not sure I’ll make) is 104. So I figured, why not put my real goal out there for the world to see? It will give me more incentive to finish it!

I didn’t get to 104 books last year, but I did make it to 100.  I’m actually very happy with that, especially seeing as how I didn’t expect to make it to 104 at all.  I didn’t even think I’d make it to 100.
2. Complete the Back to the Classics 2012 Challenge. For a book lover, a writer and an English major, I have not read many classics. That is about to change. 

I didn’t complete the challenge either.  Out of nine categories, I completed four.  I also read only one of the books that I had originally planned on.  That isn’t too surprising; I’ve never been someone who has been able to create reading lists for myself.  I have many books that I would like to read at some point, but I’m a spur of the moment reader.  
Back to the challenge, I reviewed Flush by Virginia Woolf (19th century novel) back in March, I believe.  In December I read Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (novel set in a place I’ll visit), Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (horror novel) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (reread a novel of your choice).
I was going to review them, but since I didn’t complete the challenge I decided not to.  But if you would like reviews, let me know and I’ll definitely post them.
I thought about trying the Back to the Classics Challenge again this year, but I’m not sure if I will.  I think instead I will just try to read some classics.  
My only reading goal for 2013 is to read 80 books, which is a little over a book and a half each week.  I decided to bump it down a little so that I can take time to do other things that I enjoy (like reading publishing and cooking blogs and playing my flute) without thinking, “I should be reading a book right now!”
I still haven’t put together my writing goals yet, but I have a list of different projects that I’ve been working on and brainstorming and what needs to be done so I am working on putting that together.
What about you?  Did you set any goals or resolutions for the new year?

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    January 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Wow, 100 books is utterly fantastic! And I think bumping your goal down to 80 this year is a good plan. I found that I had to adjust my goal from 60 to 50 in order to make time for theatre and more family time. It's still more than most people read, let's be honest! 😛

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