Friday, 31 December 2010

End of 2010 and Out With a Bang round up!

I can hardly believe that 2010 is just about over! As I'm starting this it's almost 6pm here in the UK, so 6 hours to go! I want to share a couple of my 2010 stats with you, but first up, a quick round up of my progress from Out With a Bang!

Out With a Bang is being hosted by The Bookish Type and Book Savvy and today is the final day of it. I listed the books I hoped to read for it, 4 in total, but I wasn't hopeful of completing my goals give how ill I've been the past week. I am however, happy with what I did manage!

I competed 3 of the four books I listed: Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend; Crave by Melinda Metz and Laura J. Burns; My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey. I made it about 120 pages in to Rumors by Anna Godbersen before giving up because I'm just not in the mood for it right now. It's good enough, but historical rarely holds my attention and it isn't right now. Today I've had little bits to get done, and after another bad nights sleep it took me a while to wake up enough to read. But I did start Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey and I'm almost 100 pages in to it. I doubt I'll finish it before midnight because I've got plans with the family this evening, but I'm loving it and hope to finish it tomorrow morning (or if I don't get drunk, I'll just read it after midnight when everyone else has gone to bed!).

Overall, really pleased with my reading for the readathon!

Now, my own little 2010 stats. 2010 has been a very, very tough year for me. If you don't know, I suffer from ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and have done for almost 11 years now. I've had ups and downs but 2010 has been the worst year I've had in a long time. I've gotten sicker and sicker, and the last two months in particular have been incredibly hard. Right now I'm at a very low point, physically and emotionally, so I'm hoping and praying that 2011 is much better for me. There have certainly been good moments as well, going with my besties to meet Richelle Mead in Febuary stands out, and my little mini holiday with my mom to the New Forest where I spent 3 days fussing 'wild' horses (and foals!!) does as well. And book wise, 2010 has been awesome!!

I've finished 157 books this year (in 2009 I managed 100, so I'm happy!!)
Reread 14 books in full.
Read 7 short stories/novellas (excludes shorts in anthologies where I read all of them)
Lost track of how many new authors/books/series I've found to love!!

2011 is promising to be at least as good, and quite possibly even better on the book front and I cannot wait for it!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!
I hope 2011 is a great year for all of you!


Sarah said...

Happy New Year Claire (yes I know I'm early lol) :o)

Here's hoping 2011 will be a brilliant one all round & that you'll be feeling a lot better than you have this year!

Great number of books read - do you think you'll be able to top it next year?

Cem said...

Top 157? The competitive side of me would love to say yes, but the realist and the part of me that's determined not to stress out so much (aka make myself sicker still) in 2011 says: anything over 100 is fine.

And thank you!! Happy New Year to you as well!! :)

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Congrats on finishing so many books! I've been wanting to read Crave practically all year -- I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for participating! Happy New Year!