2014 Wrap Up & 2015 Goals

It’s high time to look back at the past year, and also to plan a little ahead. You can watch the video, or just read the recap below.

2014 Wrap Up

This year I completely surpassed my 50 book reading challenge by reading a 104 books (26 512 pages)! This is the first time I’ve ever read over a 100 books in a year, and I read about 3 000 pages more than I’ve ever read in year.

Out of the 104 books:

  • 56 were books, 44 graphic novels, and 4 short stories
  • 67 (!) were written by men, 29 by women, and 8 by male/female teams.
  • 13 things (books, GNs) received 5 stars.

I read a lot of graphic novels, and A LOT of those were written by men. Usually my author gender divide pretty naturally settles to 50%-50%, so this year was a real surprise for me. This is something I need to pay attention to if I continue reading a lot of graphic novels and comic trade paperbacks.

I read 6,5 books from my 2014 High Fantasy reading challenge list (I finished the second half of The Lies of Locke Lamora this year). Btw, one of those books turned out not to actually be high fantasy – who would’ve thought? Outside of the challenge I also read one other high fantasy book (The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss) and 3 high fantasy short stories.

2015 goals

  • Talk more about books that I’ve actually read, so more reviews and wrap ups, less TBRs and hauls.
  • Read & review the books on my 2015 SFF Reading Challenge
  • Read 5 before I buy: I need to read 5 books from my physical TBR shelf before I can buy 1 book
  • Reach my Goodreads challenge goal of 60 books.

Have a great reading year 2015, everyone!

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Book Adaptation Tag

I was tagged to do this Book Adaptation Tag over at Youtube. You can read more about my favourite book to movie adaptations in an older post, if you want.

THE QUESTIONS
1) What is your favorite book that was turned into a movie/TV series? Did you like the adaptation?
2) Have you ever watched a movie/TV series before reading the book? Which one?
3) What is the best book to movie/TV series adaptation you’ve seen? And which one did you like the least?
4) Name a book you really want to see as a movie/TV series.
5) Name a movie that should be turned into a book.

WordPress dropping the blogs I follow?

Does anyone else have this problem? You’re wondering why some blog hasn’t posted in ages, only to realize it has disappeared from the blogs you follow? This has happened to me three times now – on the first and second occasion, WordPress had only dropped one single blog out of my list, but this third time all but two blogs have disappeared! This is annoying, since sometimes I don’t remember what the names of the blogs were, and so I can’t search for them properly. Could this have anything to do with using WordPress via mobile? Is there some sort of easy unfollow button that one could press without even noticing it? It’s a mystery.

I have no idea what’s causing this, but I’m off now to try and find the blogs that I used to follow, and re-follow them! What a drag…

Cold Days gets release date!

Jim Butcher’s website just confirmed a release date for his next Dresden Files novel, Cold Days. The hardcover release is scheduled for November 27, 2012 from Penguin/Roc publishing. I can’t wait!

Don’t click on the official news post link if you haven’t read all the previous books in the Dresden Files series, since the synopsis for the new book contains MASSIVE spoilers for the series.
The official post at Jim Butcher.com

Now my only problem is that I want to read this as quickly as possible, but I want to own the paperback version…

Introduction

As you can tell from the title, my name is Maija and I read. I’m from Finland and I work as a graphic designer and illustrator. I think reading and drawing are the best ways to spend one’s time.

I’ve been reading mostly fantasy books ever since I discovered the Dragonlance Chronicles and the Belgariad series when I was in 6th grade (I was totally in love with Raistlin – or still am). Although I wasn’t a stranger to fantasy even before that, since my mother had read the Narnia books to me and my sister when we were little.

At first I read mostly epic fantasy, then focused more on modern fantasy (by that I mean that the setting is modern day, like Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere). Lately I’ve also been reading Young Adult books, since I noticed that there are lots of fantasy titles in YA nowadays. Check out the About page for some of my favorite books.

I discovered book blogs and vlogs only earlier this year, and was quickly sucked into following many of them. My favorites are linked in the sidebar. I’m planning to use my blog to show what books I’m currently reading, what books I’ve bought, as well as to keep track of my Sci-Fi Challenge for this year (7 science fiction books in the year 2012, check out the Challenges page).

Let’s get started!