Happy New Year!!!

Happy 2013 everyone!!!!  It's a big time of year here, not just because it's a brand new reading year but because it also marks my blogoversary! It's hard to believe it's been so long, I've been blogging here for three years now!  As always, I'm just so honoured to be a part of such a cool, fantastic community!

Since it's January 1st, it's time to look at the challenges that I have signed up for this year.

100 Books Read Challenge
I'm going for it again.  3 times I have challenged myself to read 100 books in a year, 3 times I have failed.  Will I be able to do it this year?

Back to the Classics Challenge
Even though I didn't so hot last year, I'm going for it again!  Hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much this one has 6 required categories and 6 optional categories.  So I'm hoping for a minimum of 6 with this one, would love to do all 12!

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge
This one is hosted by Giraffe Days and requires readers to read one book per month from a specified country.  The countries chosen for this years challenge are Sudan, Wales, Brazil, Israel, Palestine, Argentina, Belgium, Fiji, France, South Korea, China and Egypt.

Ik Lees Nederlands (I Read Dutch)
This challenge is hosted by Leeswammes at her Dutch blog, De Boekblogger.  The goal is to read books originally written in Dutch.  Now, my Dutch is limited to counting to 39, swearing at Football referees and a few other random words (lekker, drugsmokkelaar) so I will be reading books originally written in Dutch translated into English.  My goal is to read 5 Dutch books.

This year I'm also planning on changing my reading habits just a bit.  In the past, I've been very hesitant to give up on books when I'm just not enjoying them.  I push through and I'm finding it's just not worth it.  I have to let myself just give up on them and move on to the next book.  Hopefully, that will prevent some reading slumps as well.

What are you looking forward to reading this year?  Have you joined any challenges?


  1. Happy happy blogoversary and happy happy 2013!

  2. Good luck with the 100! I managed 52 last year and it was such an effort, but totally worth it!

    1. Thanks Claire! 52 is a great achievement, especially with your busy life. Good luck again this year!

  3. Congrats on your blogoversary and good luck with all the challenges you've set for yourself this coming year. :-)

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  5. Happy New Year (I'm a bit late, I'm sorry!!).
    Good luck with your challenges!!
    I participate in every challenge I've found :D (in Spanish, I mean), and I'm participating in some of the English challenges I've seen on the blogs I follow, so yes: O'm addicted to challenges.
    I can't read 100 books in a year, it's too much for me too.
    And I haven't thought about reading the Dutch authors in English, good idea!!!

  6. Happy New Year Isi! Challenges can become very addictive, I have to limit myself to only a few a year! Good luck with yours.

  7. Such fun you're joining the Dutch challenge, Shan! I added you to the list. Any ideas what you will read?

    Well done for deciding not to finish books that aren't enjoyable. I do this too and it's made my reading life much better!

    1. I'll be reading what's available at the library, but it appears I'm going to be able to get some "classic" Dutch novels - Harry Mulisch, Renate Dorrestein, Tommy Wieringa for example.

  8. Good luck with all your challenges this year, and hope the Back to the Classics goes a little better for you this time around! Glad to have you back!

    1. I'm very motivated this year, thanks for hosting the challenge again this year!

  9. And happy new year to you too hope you will have a lot of good book readings for this new year and a good reviews.

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