January 7, 2013 by thedormroomshelf
Sorry I’ve been kind of MIA lately. Finals + Prepping for Study Abroad = Little to no time to blog! First off, I want to thank whoever’s reading for getting this page up to 500 views. I’m sure you’re mostly friends and/or family who my parents are secretly bribing to read, but it means a lot. I know that by Internet standards, 500 in a couple of months isn’t much, but it’s better than zero! I
‘m going to try my best during the next four months (which I’m spending in London) to keep this updated…it’s my New Years resolution! I’ll also be keeping you all posted on some of the more literary things I do across the pond–this is, after all, a blog about college readers and studying abroad seems to be the time that you can add a little context when you’re reading the classics…especially in a place like this! And it’s not just fun and games. I’m taking two English and two History courses and here in the UK, there’s no real booklist so it’s all whatever you think is relevant. You do, however, get suggested reading and believe me, these professors don’t mess around.
So, here’s to a new year and keeping new promises. To keep you tied over until next time, here’s a little something to kick off your literary new year. The most anticipated books of 2013! Click here to check out this article from The Millions and be sure to mark your calendars!
And if you’re really feeling like this year could be the year of the bookworm, head over to Goodreads and create an account if you haven’t already. Goodreads is probably the best thing to happen for online readers. It’s free and helps you join online discussions about different kinds of genres, books and thematic literary elements, interact with authors and friends, review and suggest things you’ve liked (or not), enter giveaways and keep track of what you’re reading via your own, personal profile. Perhaps the best feature is the yearly reading challenge (you can see that this page has a widget for mine on the right side). At any point, you can start keeping track of books and seeing how close you can get to your goal. If you surpass it, even better! In 2011, I got to 50 and this year I passed my goal of 60 by 1, finishing the last book the morning of New Years Eve. This year, I’m upping the ante by 5 to see if I can pull it off. It also keeps track of your stats (fyi, I read 18,455 pages this year). I’ve convinced a bunch of my friends to get a Goodreads profile and it’s always fun to see who’s reading what, what they think and what they’re interested in.
Alright, well, hopefully that brings you up to speed. Read on, guys!