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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Welcome to the second half of 2012, plenty to look forward to

Recap of the first half

I know I am a bit late, but it is only the third so, belatedly, welcome to the second half of 2012. It is hard to believe that 6 months have already passed. And they have passed by so quickly! I am going to do a quick recap of the first half of 2012, and then mention some plans for the second half of the year.

As at 30 June 2012, I have read a total of 35 books. I am quite proud of this amount, that I managed to read 35 books with all that has been happening this year. It would be really great to read another 35 books in the latter half of the year, but I am not going to push myself trying because a lot of the books (most really) have been YA, and I am trying to read more Classics and serious books. So here is the breakdown of the 35 books I have read to date:

10 male authors : 25 female authors
18 YA : 4 Classics : 3 Mystery : 3 contemporary: 4 children's: 3 biography

As you can see the balance has been very off, I am going to try and read some more classics in the second half, so I hope I can accomplish all I want to.  I have purchased far too many books, just under 70 for the first half, and that isn't even all I've acquired. I won several books too, and have gotten some for review purposes, so I am quite certain that my first half of the year tally is near to 100 books. It is quite ridiculous really, but it cannot be helped. I am a bibliophile, books call me.

I have also had 2 reviews published over at Women24, which I am quite proud of, just goes to show, I can write well when I really focus. 

I signed up for the Classics Club in March, and have started on my journey towards reading 150 classics in the next 5 years. This means 30 a year. So far I have read 6 of the 30 that I need to read by March 2013. So that leaves 24 that I need to fit in. I just have to stay inspired and motivated, and not feel like I did when I wrote Friday's post.

Hopes and plans for the second half

I challenged myself on Goodreads to read 50 books this year, I am ahead of schedule with my total read at present being 35. So I only really need to read 15 more books to complete my challenge. Whilst I could up the number, I am going to leave it at that, so that I can take my time with some heavier tomes. There has been a Rebecca readalong on the blogosphere, I wanted to participate, but didn't manage to read any of it in June, so I am making my way through Rebecca now. This month there is an Anna Karenina Readalong too, and I really would like to join in, not sure if I'll finish Anna Karenina this month though, but I would like to try. 

Austen in August, and other things Jane

Adam over at Roofbeam Reader is hosting Austen in August, this August and I really would like to join in on that too. I have decided that when it comes to Jane Austen, I am going to read her books in the order she wrote them, not in the order in which they were published. This is why my first Austen was Northanger Abbey. Yes I had attempted Emma before that, but I think I only managed 30 pages before giving up. So since I have all of Jane's books on my Classics Club list, I am going to start Austen in August by rereading Northanger Abbey. I think a reread will help me to see more, especially since I was under the impression that it was a Gothic Novel the first time I read it.

I would like to also read Sense and Sensibility in August, I have been yearning to read my beautiful Penguin Clothbound Edition of Sense and Sensibility, so there is no better time than August, after finishing Northanger Abbey.  I do hope that I'll be so taken with Ms Austen that I'll manage to read Pride and Prejudice in August too. I believe that one has to be ready to read an author so that you can fully enjoy that authors work, and I am ready to read Jane Austen, so I do hope that all will go well. 

Other plans

I am still planning on having a month of Dahl, I may reduce it to a Dahl fortnight, but this year I would like to pay tribute to the man who helped to turn me into an avid reader. I have a stack of about 15 books that I have selected to read for the next while. All are books that I yearn to read, so I have decided to start them all, at various stages and see where the inclination pulls me. I am hoping that this will really get me inspired, and get me to surpass the 50 point, and really get me going as far as the Classics Club goes. 

I need to reread The Great Gatsby before I go and watch the movie, I was not too taken by the Robert Redford film, but the Baz Luhrmann trailer really got me excited, and longing to be transported into the swinging 20s - so I do hope to make much progress on the Fitzgerald titles that are on my list. 

Buying more books...

I have said it before, I do have a problem when it comes to buying books. I can't help myself, and Thursday I'll be heading to the Exclusive Books Winter Sale, I hope I can practice moderation, but I am not holding my breath. All I can hope is that I get enough time to read all the books that I buy. 

In conclusion

The first half of 2012 has been rather good to me, I hope that the second half will be the same. I hope that the second half will be good to you too, and that we manage to read plenty of amazing books, and share the experience!


  1. Yay for Austen! I love that you're reading them in publication order. You might read the very brief "Love and Freindship" (sic) by Austen as well. She wrote it when she was sixteen to entertain the family. It's hilarious. :)

  2. I'll definitely keep an eye out for that! I do really want to love Austen :)


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