First things first--favorite reads of 2012!
This is tricky--I have two entries on the list that I literally finished yesterday, along with one I finished a year ago today. It's always hard to tell what will stay with you on the one hand, and on the other hand you can forget how a book made you feel right when you finished it. But I think this is a fairly accurate list:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Ask The Passengers by A.S. King
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
That's right--the book I called last January 1st as my book of the year wound up coming in at #2. It still might be my favorite. But there's no doubt in my mind that Code Name Verity was the best book I read in 2012!
Goals for 2013:
I have a plethora of goals--I'm calling them goals, not resolutions--so I'll share a few of them here:
- Finish writing my very first YA MS. I made HUGE progress in November, and actually got a bit more done in December before the holidays came along. I'm not sure this writing project is THE ONE--but I'm gonna see it through to the end, even if it's just for the sake of learning the process.
- Revise said MS. I'm actually really looking forward to this part, which should help with my resolve to actually finish the thing!
- Read six different books on writing. The first one will be Bird by Bird, as I've mentioned here before--some of us will be reading that this month if you want to read along! On deck: On Writing.
- Read at least one book a week outside of professional reading. In other words, anything other than writing books or teaching books. A much lower bar than last year, but I'll think of it as a minimum.
- Start every weekday with a walk. I started doing this on and off before the holidays. I got fantastic new boots from my MIL for Christmas so this is do-able even in the Buffalo winter. It makes me feel better in just about every possible way. And if I make myself do it early, it prevents that early-morning internet time suck for turning into all-morning internet time suck.
- Bake bread and breakfast foods (whole-wheat applesauce cakes! Pumpkin bread!) on a regular basis. Delicious, and I love baking with half-whole wheat flour!
- Learn. To. Drive. I live in Buffalo. My in-laws bought me driving lessons for Christmas. This one is no longer negotiable. Game on, cars!