I’ve been quiet here this month but have been reading, so there are some reviews just waiting to be edited in the New Year!
What’s everyone been reading this month?
While working through my reviews, I thought I’d share a little wrap-up of 2017 and look ahead to 2018.
Unfortunately, I did not complete my Goodreads Challenge this year, reading 28 of the 50 books I had planned. However, circumstances meant that for a lot of the year, I could not allocate time to read, or could not concentrate properly to progress much through a book. Onward and upwards, though!
I’ve read some amazing books this year, my absolute favourite being Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
My full review of Eleanor Oliphant can be found here – I’ll summarise by saying that this book stands out for being hilarious, touching, and uplifting. It focuses on the power of small acts of kindness, a message I adore for its simplicity, and for the contrast with so much of what we hear is going on in our world today.
One of the most exciting aspects of my blogging this year has been receiving my first ARCs. I have loved being involved in the publication buzz for those titles, talking to the authors, publishers, and fellow bloggers about the books.
I also set up my ‘Bookstagram’ account for this blog (follow the link in the header to say Hi over there). This has been a really great venture to connect with even more passionate readers and discover what they’re reading at the moment. I took part in Penguin Platform’s #DecktheShelves photo challenge this month, which I loved. By planning a lot of the photographs and posts ahead of the challenge, I stayed on track, which meant I could enjoy everybody else’s posts each day rather than composing my own.
Career-wise, I took some really great steps towards my dream of working in publishing. I undertook work experience at HarperImpulse, the commercial women’s fiction imprint at HarperCollins UK. It was fantastic – I saw and learned so much, from reading submissions, to proofreading book jacket designs, and attending the launch for Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter. The team there were so welcoming, giving me some really interesting tasks to complete.
I also attended a JobHack organised by Penguin Random House. This event had everything – great speakers, informative discussions, valuable practical sessions, and lots of bookish goodies. What more could one want? I wrote about it here if you’d like to read a bit more about how the day unfolds. If you’ve ever been interested in working in publishing, I’d really recommend attending. Alongside my work experience, this event confirmed to me that Editorial roles are my aspiration: the mix of creativity and administration, as well as the chance to work with a book throughout its entire life-cycle appeal to both my interests and my skill-set. Who knows, maybe in the New Year, opportunities will arise to fulfil my dreams?
Looking ahead, I really want to increase my blog output, in both reviews and other types of post. I’m hoping more effective planning and less personal chaos will help me to achieve that.
I’m keeping my target of 50 books for my Goodreads Challenge. My TBR for 2018 is pretty big already, so if I start early while I’m buzzing to get started, I’ll achieve this year’s goal.
My TBR has some really exciting ARCs on there, as well as some classics (Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray), and some contemporary releases that have received amazing reviews. In particular, Homegoing and All The Light We Cannot See look fantastic, so I will attempt to read those in January.
I’m also aiming to read through my unread books before buying any more or borrowing any from the library – that’s the general plan anyway, we’ll have to see how it works out.
What are your goals for 2018?
I just want to say a massive THANK YOU to you all for being amazing bloggers and followers. Your posts and comments have been inspiring to read, and I’ve had some really great discussions with you all.
Hope you all have an amazing New Year!