Eek, there’s a 50 in the title. Not long until the end of the year. Two weeks? That can’t be right?! Well, not quite, but three weeks from now will be 4th January so I will be doing Week #1 2014 (assuming I continue, and I was planning to…)
Goodreads blah blah blah as always. No idea if I’ll have a chance to complete it before the end of the year, I will have to try to find a slot somewhere when the children are off school.
I haven’t achieved as much as I wanted in the last two weeks. The first week was so busy, and I didn’t manage to finish the two gift book posts I meant to fit in. So they were supposed to be done this week but I’ve been ill and done nothing 🙁 I did manage to catch up the 4hrs I owed work (I only work 2hrs a week and can’t manage that) because it was fairly mindless, but I had a head cold so concentrating enough to put a post together wasn’t happening. I am so annoyed with myself about that because I wanted it up before people were likely to have bought Christmas presents and any time from now on seems too late really. Blah. I will still write them, because I have all the books ready.
I did tweet the bulk of my book recommendations, and my biggest ‘influence’ is twitter, but it’s not quite the same as writing a proper post that people can refer to, and I don’t know how many people I reached at the time I tweeted. So all in all a total review fail, especially as I asked for most of these books for review 🙁
I also wanted to get a super dooper giveaway post up, but I can’t prepare it until I’ve reviewed all the books. So that’s not happened, and I don’t know whether to put it up before Christmas or after now, because there is no way I’ll be able to post things to get to people by Christmas and I don’t want to get stressed over any expectation that I would be able to do that, so it’s probably better to leave it until later.
I’m planning my picture books of the year post too. These will be my personal choices, and possibly not the ones literature experts will choose but I figure we’ve got through about 500 books this year and around 200 were published this year so that makes us experts too in our own way. It will be completely biased and full of our favourite authors and illustrators of course, because it will be our favourites!
I feel that I did achieve my book challenges this year, even if they weren’t quite as ‘good’ as I wanted, and I’m going to continue with the same challenges next year of 300 picture books and 52 books for me. I’m not upping the numbers as I think they are reasonable challenges for us and making it, for example, 500 picture books and 75 books for me will just make it stressful and unenjoyable.
One more school week left to fit in all the jobs I want to get out of the way before I have no childfree time for a fortnight. I’m looking forward to the school break for a change because it’s only two weeks, we’re not planning to invite people over so the house can be messy, I’ll have plenty of time for tidying when they’re back at school next year and (most importantly) they are getting tired and grotty so lazy mornings with no dragging them out of the house for school will be much appreciated. They will then get bored with 2 weeks at home and be glad to be back at school! I am not looking forward to the coldness of January and February walking to and from school though.
I’m not sure what to do with this blog next year. I have all sorts of things I want to do, and I really want to start getting back into paid employment. Rambling is a form of therapy, but I’d also like to have a book-only blog to separate bookish things from blogging things. I’m not sure I’ll write much in the way of parenting in the future with the age my children are now so child-led chaos doesn’t really suit but I don’t know if I should change it or not.
Ramble ramble ramble…
New Picture Books read this week:
Books added to shelves: 1 new from Kickstarter Cumulative: 494
Library books borrowed: none Cumulative: 156+
Books removed from shelves: 15 (12 to be collected by courier) Cumulative: 294
Challenge books read: S. by JJ Abrams & Doug Dorst
Year progress: 348/365 = 95.3%
Picture Book Challenge progress: 441+/300 = 147.0%
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 56/52 = 107.1%