Wow, it's been quite a year! I was aware throughout the year that I was way behind on my book reviews and blogging in general, but I honestly didn't realise until recently just how little I blogged in 2014. Hardly at all, really, besides doing the 24 Hour Read-a-Thons and posting some monthly wrap-ups. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, since my schedule for the last year has consisted mostly of going to work, coming home and doing homework, sleeping, and repeating the next day.
However, there are good things to look back on, too! As much work as it's been, I've learned a lot in school this year (I'm in library tech), and I've become more and more excited by the prospect of becoming a librarian. Recently that's been affecting my leisure reading, too. Since it's important for a librarian to be familiar with all genres for readers' advisory purposes, I've started reading popular books in genres I normally wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole (eg. romance). It's been an interesting experience and I plan to continue broadening my horizons in this way!
Also, I joined a book club! Not an online, Goodreads book club that I won't keep up with at all, but a real, live book club! This is very exciting. That's also got me reading books I normally wouldn't have picked, and I really think it's breathed some life into my reading in a year when it's been tough to fit in any fun reading at all.
Despite not achieving my reading goals the last few years, I'm my usual optimistic self going into the new year. Since I'm about a year behind on my book reviews (seriously!), I've decided to wipe the slate clean in 2015. (This was not an easy decision for my OCD-tendencies self.) That way I'm not being held back by the prospect of reviewing books I don't even remember. I'll be reviewing my 2015 books as I go, and if I find myself with some extra time to write another review, I'll go back to one of those 2014 ones. The idea is that I'll mostly be writing reviews of things I just read, while they're still fresh in my mind.
My schedule probably isn't going to get any more relaxed in the next year, but I'm hopeful that, with this fresh start, I'll be better able to fit blogging into my daily rat race.
To those of you who actually read this post, and who've stuck around while I've been an absentee blogger, thank you so much!! You rock. Seriously.