Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Sunday Salon: Happy New Year, and a Blogoversary!!


Happy New Year! I guess it’s time for the ubiquitous end of year reading wrap up. This year I read a lot less, due to a number of reasons. I finished 93 books in 2011, which is a lot less than my usual 140-plus books in 2010, 2009, and 2008. It’s been a good year for reading, though. I read a large number of Persephones and Virago Modern Classics. I read a few historical fiction and historical nonfiction books, though the number has definitely decreased in comparison to previous years. But I also read a lot more nonfiction, and a lot more new-to-me authors. On the other hand, I still unintentionally focus on female authors over male more in my reading habits. The full list of books I read in 2011 can be found here. Hopefully in 2012 I can get back to reading earnest, but it might get put on the back burner this year as I continue working on my degree.

Today is actually my blogoversary; today this blog turns 4! Hard to believe that I’ve been doing this so long and I’m still keeping it up. Thinking back on it, my reading habits have changed a bit since I started this blog; I’m still interested in historical fiction, but I have a much smaller interest in reviewing ARCs. In fact, it’s probably been about a year since I reviewed an ARC or accepted one for review! I began collecting and reading Persephones at the beginning of 2009, and VMCs in 2010, so that’s probably contributed to the decline in review copies around my apartment.

Personally, a lot has changed for me, too: I’ve moved twice and had two jobs (both within the same company) in the past four years. I started this blog when I was 24, living in New York City, and unemployed. I’m now 28, living back in Philly (where I grew up), happily and luckily employed, and working on my career goals by working on my graduate degree. I also lost about 20 pounds, and had a major breakthrough in 2008, which has contributed a lot towards my personal growth. So a lot has happened to me, almost all of it good!

2 comments:

judy said...

Happy New Year to you too. Congrats on your blogoversary. I read less this year too due to other life events. I liked your report on how your reading life has changed. My top 25 books will be posted on Keep The Wisdom later today.

Marg said...

It is always interesting to look back and see how your reading has changed over a period of time!

Happy blogiversary, and here's to another good year in 2012.

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