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Weekly Roundup #13 & Happy New Year!

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An appropriate number for this week’s Weekly Roundup, which comes to you a day late – I apologise! My ‘Weekly Roundup’ is where I share the books I have received in the past week, whether bought, gifted, borrowed etc.


This week I want to show you my book-related Christmas gifts, and discuss New Year’s Resolutions.


I received It’s A Don’s Life from my parents, and Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town from my grandparents, both by Mary Beard. I’m a big fan of Mary’s, and managed to get a book signed by her when I was working at the Cheltenham Literature Festival – but sadly I didn’t get to meet her.


And I got these amazing bookmarks – one in my stocking, one from my grandparents; as well as a Waterstones giftcard from my sister! Talking of The Hobbit – I’ve seen it twice now, and absolutely love it – what do you all think of it? I’m a massive Tolkien fan, The Lord of the Rings is my favourite book ever and I re-read it every year – but I didn’t get round to it in 2012!

I did, however, achieve my book reading goal – I managed to read 105 books, when my aim was 52! I think this was partly down to being a student and then unemployed for three quarters of the year though, so this year’s goal is 75.

So that’s one of my resolutions – read 75 books. Another book-related one is to work on my challenges a little more (links are in the right-hand sidebar) – not complete them, but at least make some progress. As for non-book related resolutions, I want to carry on with my healthy eating – which I was doing just fine until the end of September, when I was going through a bad situation and kind of gave up on it. And with the healthy eating comes keeping up my exercise – I did manage that at least for all of last year! I also need to work on my Dutch, which I’m learning because I plan on doing my Masters degree in the Netherlands. The course is in English, but I would feel really ignorant going out there not knowing a word!

So… gelukkig nieuwjaar/Happy New Year to my lovely readers!

4 thoughts on “Weekly Roundup #13 & Happy New Year!”

  1. Wow, awesome Hobbit bookmarks– very jealous! I actually set my 2013 reading goal for 150 books this morning, which may be a huge mistake because I only read 103 in 2012! (I’m also a student starting at a new school and currently looking for a job, so I don’t know if I can read that many.) The Pompeii book sounds interesting. I’ve never read anything by Mary Beard, but have been getting into history books more lately. Happy new year and happy reading!

    1. Wow, good luck! =oMary Beard is Professor of Classics at Cambridge and she’s quite a hero of mine =) She’s done a few TV shows here, and written a lot of books on bits of ancient history that really interest me.Thanks for commenting! =)

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