2013 in Review

This is my first full year review, since last year’s review was only for the six months or so since I started blogging.  Following on from my new goal to be more personal with the blog, I’ve included a new section, about my year in real life.  If you just care about the bookish numbers, feel free to skip this first bit!

My Year

This year has been a bit of a roller-coaster for me in real life!  I finished my third year at university, which was a chaotic blend of exams, dissertation work and assignments.  It was a lot of work, but mostly of the good kind, and it paid off in the end.  I graduated in the summer with a first in Zoology & Conservation, and took some time off with my other half before he headed back to start his Masters.

I did some work experience at a zoo, which taught me that it’s probably not quite what I want to go into.  It’s a bit disappointing but useful to know, since if I had loved it it wouldn’t really have been worth going on to do a Masters course.

After graduation, I chose to take a gap year to try and earn some money so that I can start my Masters in September 2014, and took a job doing admin at a local university.  It isn’t what I want to do, but it was okay, and it paid off my overdraft.  Unfortunately, that ended just before Christmas, which was a bit of a blow, and so now I’m trying to find something else!

Despite some ups and downs, it’s been a great year. I had a small surgery which has left me feeling much better, and able to eat whatever I want!  Being back at home now that university has finished means I’ve been able to catch up with school friends, which has been a lot of fun.  Matt and I celebrated our five year anniversary, and even when I was feeling down he managed to cheer me up!  I’m still enjoying blogging, and I’m really excited to see what 2014 brings (hopefully more great things!).

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Reading

My original goal was to read 100 books, but things went really well so I ended up going beyond that!

Books read: 129 (61 more than last year!)
Pages read: 42,058
Average pages per book: 326
Longest book: Blackout (659 pages)

Challenges completed:  16
Challenges not completed:  20

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On the blog

Number of Posts:  205
Reviews: 42
Most Popular posts: Too many filofaxes? | Inspired by House Stark | A guide to last minute exam revision
Most popular posts from the archives: Drinking Game: Harry Potter Ring of Fire | Filofax for studying | Recipe: Spicy Rice
Most Popular Review:  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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My bookshelves

Total books gained this year: 281 (!!!)

Freebies/Gifted/Library: 147 (53%)
Books bought: 58 (20%)
Review books: 76 (27%)

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