What a marvelous year 2011 was.
Not only did I marry my favourite man in the world – that alone would’ve sufficed to make last year extraordinary – but Gribook was launched, and Gribook Accessories hit off. Truth be told, I was taken by surprise with how successful and rewarding both these project have turned out to be. Side-note: Married life has also been an incredible experience – I’m the happiest in my life, by far.
With Gribook.me and Gribook Accessories, we embarked on an adventure. We wanted to have fun, to grow and to share the gifts and opportunities we’ve been given. False modesty aside, we had as many as 230 visitors in one day alone and we made about 20 customers-slash-bookworms happy with our sleeves and bookmarks. This means a lot to me, it means a lot to the team behind Gribook Accessories.
We’re grateful to God. We’re grateful to you. We’re blessed – oh, just how blessed!
Other than the above mentioned, another joy was completing the Goodreads Reading Challenge by mid-November. Besides the 50 books you already know about, I’ve read 4 more in December – which makes 54 books in all. Today, time has come to set a Reading Challenge for the year ahead. After carefully considering my plans, as well as the fact that I read more now that I have a Kindle, I’ve come to the following conclusion:
For 2012, I plan to read 60 books.
Disappointed? Well, I was considering aiming higher, but then stopped myself at the thought:
Why do I read?
To impress? It’s awfully tempting – impressing people with the amount and the renown of the books I read, especially now that I blog about my reads. A review of Ullyses by James Joyce, or of a dozen Dostoyevsky novels, even one of some popular series, like Stieg Larsson’s or Suzanne Collins might give a certain status and respectability amongst bibliophiles. Yet, what will I gain, really? Achievement comes and goes. Status comes and goes.
The point of setting a challenge is that I continue to read and share about fascinating, heart-warming and inspiring books. Not many, but good.
Why do YOU read? Have you set yourself a Reading Challenge for 2012? If you want to, I’ve a few suggestions, just drop a note in the comments section below.
p.s. The featured picture describes my year very well: marriage and books. My friend Liuba got married around the same time I did, and has kindly accepted to share this exquisite wedding photo. Thank you, Liuba.