2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse, also a year of the 7, which stands for a lot of struggle and change.
The Box has not been emptied this year.
New this Year:
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I Gave Away
- A paperback copy of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater in the Favorites Giveaway Hop in February
- One copy of Split Second by Kasie West in my Two Year Blogoversary in June
BLOG TOURS/HOPS I was part of
I Challenged Myself to
My 2014 Reading Challenge is set on 85 books, including mangas. I thought one book a week and the 30 mangas I managed the last two years, plus some extras... see how it will go.
On 1/6 I added 35 books, coming to 120 overall to reads from the Manga May Challenge.
The count runs on Goodreads.com.
2014 Hard Heart Reading Challenge
This challenge is aiming to help clear some books you've been pushing around on your tbr for a while off your ever-growing pile. This year, the goal is to get one problem child each month. The challange is running here on The Book Rogue. This is my challenge list.
2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge
In this witchy challenge, it's all about magic and sorcery. I don't have particular goal for this, just want to see what comes up over the year. Here's my sign up post, where I will also link my rewiews to.
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2014 Fur & Fangs Reading Challenge
Since I have a lot of Vamp books on my pile, this sounds like some might get done over the year. I set a loose goal to 10 books for starters, but no pressure on this one. Here's my sign-up post, where I will also link my reviews.
Manga May 2014
Simple read count challenge. Count all volumes you read that month, volumes per series, number of series, and get caught up on your light reading. Just for fun. The challange is running here on The Book Rogue.
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And then there was...
... my very first real job as a translator! YES! My first project was a novella, The Island by Jen Minkman, now available as Die Insel in German. =)
.. alot of struggle moneywise, regardless. It's not so easy to be standing on your own two feet in a job like mine. But there was also alot of moving forward, just like the chinese year predicted. 😉
... us going to the musical Phantom of the Opera which was an amazing experience! I can only recommend it. It's the only thing cultural we do, musicals, but we love doing it. =)
... some visits to and from old friends, and I'm so happy they happend, although the time was way too short, as always when you're having fun. I hope we can keep in touch properly.
... our seventh anniversary as a couple was in August. I could barely believe it myself. Seven years! People keep telling us it's a long time for a young couple like us, especially without getting married or having kids like everyone around us. ^.^
... Shelley, the eldest kid of our group, entered Junior High, the same one I used to go to. So I met many old teachers and could chat some. It was nice, but it also made me feel a bit old. x)
... my first visit to the huge Book Fair in Frankfurt. It was way too much to take in, but it was an experience, that's for sure! I vowed to be more active on my German blog, reading books by German authors.