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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!).



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


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


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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