The year of books and baking - Life List review 2012

Published December 31, 2012

Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions each January, I have a long-running Life List that does the same job, only is a constant reminder of the things I want to, and am trying to, achieve. It’s time to have a quick recap of what has been happening on my Life List over the last twelve months.

The Amazing A-Z Adventure

I’ve only managed two more visits this year, and now we’re getting to the trickier half of the alphabet. Qs, Xs, Zs, that kind of thing. In 2012, I went for a bit of a walk around a park, and a bit of a walk around a gin distillery. I had a plan for Q that did not come to pass, so that will require some rethinking. 2012 involved a bit of saving money, but 2013 may involve more travel.

Film Watch

Tons of films watched this year, and it really felt like we were doing a lot of catching up. With things like Batman, Spider-Man and The Avengers, there was a lot of leg-work to be done before we were able to watch the latest installments. Meanwhile, there’s a breakdown of Film Watch 201 to 250 which were all consumed in 2012, plus a look at some stats and graphs from the first 250 films. Still very much enjoying the Film Watch process, although sometimes it’s annoying not to be able to just snuggle under a duvet and sleepily watch something!

The Big Read Bonanza

This reading list continues to be one of my highest priorities and one of the most successful things I’ve done on the list so far. I’ve loved reading so many new (and old!) things that I just wouldn’t have bothered to pick up if it wasn’t for this incentive. I am just over 60% through the list at this point, but thinking of officially extending it to the full 200 on the Big Read list, rather than just 100.

No progress

  • I revamped the Doctor Who page to make it a bit more snazzy, but I didn’t make any progress on the older episodes. It was all about the new stuff, and at least I didn’t fall behind on that front!
  • The Taste Twenty Trial is more of a trial than I thought, and mostly forgotten about for now. I have not been adventurous in food this year, but in baking instead.
  • I have grand plans for adding to my live sport list, but 2012 was not the year for that to happen.
  • As you probably know, I went mental baking this year, but so far it hasn’t been concentrated on bread but more sweets and cakes and the like.


This year, I watched a comedian live, which I’d never done before. It wasn’t the most successful of outings, but I learnt a lot and it sparked yet more plans for future visits.

New additions

I wrote a post recently with some of the new additions I’ve put on the Life List, and another one since then was regarding panorama photos. I’ve got a bit of a thing for them at the moment, and I want to take more!

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