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Friday, 31 December 2010

An Overview of 2010

I am still stunned by how quickly 2010 has flown by, and just thinking about it; it does not seem that I have done that much in the year that I have taken off from academia. So I thought I would write an overview and see what comes up on what I spent 2010 doing...

I came quite close to my goal of 100 books for the year. I also made some progress in a project that I decided to undertake – reading vampire fiction and seeing how it has developed over the years. I am proud of myself for reading the Twilight Books, all available Southern Vampire Books as well as all available House of Night and Vampire Diaries books. I must admit though that I had no idea that there was so much vampire fiction out there! It is actually hard to stick to one genre when it comes to fantasy, especially if you look at the oeuvre of the authors that specialise in fantasy. I also read Charlaine Harris’ Harper Connelly Series and Madelyn Alt’s Bewitching Mystery Series. There really is an amazing body of fantasy work out there. I think I might have made it to my 100 book goal had I not gotten a temporary job as a substitute teacher for the final stretch of the year. So I definitely did a lot of reading this year – with my book count for the year at a solid 84! My favourite would probably be I am Ozzy – by Ozzy Osbourne, but I have read a wide variety of books this year starting with biographies and memoirs and moving on to fiction, non-fiction and fantasy. Most of the books I read have been exceptional, with a few being disappointing. I finally read the Harry Potter books, which are amazing. J.K. Rowling reminds me of Roald Dahl. Rereading some of Dahl’s work I was just reminded by how brilliant Dahl was.
I also went to two amazing live performances – Kelly Clarkson in Cape Town and Elton John in Port Elizabeth. Seeing Elton John perform live from 5m away was a dream come true and something to tick off of the bucket list. Seeing Kelly Clarkson was just a plus and it was a good reason to finally visit Cape Town like I have wanted to for quite a while now.

I suppose I can say I have had 3 jobs this year – being a house and pet sitter, acting like a nanny for my nephew Jayden and for the last while – a substitute teacher at Saint Theresa’s Primary School; which has been a major experience and a lesson in becoming myself. I have also added several books to my private library, but with so many more on my list of wants the books I acquired are just a drop in the ocean. Lessons in becoming Myself by Ellen Burstyn is also a book I wish to acquire *dreaming about how nice it would be if someone out there actually reads this and surprises me with a copy*.

I started a new hobby – picking up on something I did at primary school – embroidery or rather cross stitching, which has been very cathartic and I believe it is what has helped me to come off the anti-depressants I have been on for the past year and a half. Let’s hope I am well enough to stay off the anti-depressants; though I have learnt that you don’t suddenly get better and stay better when it comes to depression. It is a constant path to recovery that you have to stay on, so that you don’t fall back into that dark hole.
Also, I got a tax number! How grown up is that? And I have already bought myself my birthday present for next year! A ticket to the U2 360 Degree Tour!!! Yet another dream that will be coming true for me; I just hope that my greatest dream – meeting Bono – will come true too.

So looking back, I guess I really did quite a bit in 2010. Here’s hoping that 2011 will be everything that 2010 was not – with only good things to come. And with more amazing books to read, and my TBR list is already very long with quite a few rereads on it. So Happy New Year to all of you out there! May 2011 be the year for many of your dreams and wishes to come true, and may you be blessed with an abundance of amazing books to read!
Kind Regards,
Terri-Maree

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