2012 has been a year dominated by books and by reading and writing. At the beginning of year I set myself the Goodreads reading challenge to read at least 20 books in the year. I didn’t manage to reach this, with only a tally of 15 books read, although this is one of my personal bests and together with a my first full year of reading a daily paper, I think I have been successful in my perennial New Year’s resolution to read more.

Of this year’s books, which one’s stand out for recommendation and which one’s to be avoided? Michelle Harrison makes the recommendation list for the second year running with her newest book, Unrest, and Ali Shaw’s Girl With Glass Feet was an unexpected find. I read Halldór Laxness’ Independent People, spurred on by cousin’s recommendation when in Iceland. It’s a hard, and depressing read, but if you go to Iceland, I’d recommend it because then you will understand. Not listed here is Philip Hensher’s The Mulberry Empire which was good, but I only got half way through it as I wasn’t altogether into it.

2012 was also the year that I published my first book, The End Of All Worlds, and (preparing for that, and marketing it subsequently) took up a great deal of my time. As the year closes, so my sales hit a cool 100 (although thanks to free promotions, its been downloaded almost 3000 times) and that’s something to be remembered and celebrated.

emej and I also had a fantastic holiday this summer to Iceland. We went full circle round the country which is something that not even I (with my three previous visits) have done, and had a fantastic time seeing all my Icelandic family. I feel so close to them all. 🙂

What else stands out? Attending the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Garden Party on the banks of the Thames in Henley is surely something that will probably never be repeated, and going to see some of the Olympics is something else to be remembered.

I wonder what next year will bring?