Monday, January 2, 2012

Books read in 2011

This year was different in books for a few different reasons. First of all, I joined Goodreads in June and I set a goal of reading 50 books for the year. When they have that little progress bar that tells you how you're doing it is ridiculously motivating. I actually went 4 books over my goal - woo! Secondly, I did a bunch of house-sitting and visiting and had tons of time to read. Thirdly I made this the year that I read a lot of books on my shelf that I just never seemed to get around to reading. I really wanted to clean up the shelves and pare down to books I really wanted to keep because I knew I'd read them again. Most of those books got donated to the library. Apparently I'd been hanging on to them for nothing.

I ended the year reading Melody Carlson's The Christmas Dog, which I initially thought was going to be The Christmas Bus because that is what the dust jacket told me I was reading. I was so confused, and then I thought it was hilarious.

My standout favorites this year - which were not many - were:

I also love the movie just as much as I love the book, despite their differences.

You know how there are aproximately a zillion Pride and Prejudice or Jane Austen spin-off books out there? I read quite a few of them this year. This one was probably my favorite.

I try to read a certain amount of classics a year, and really I blame the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde with all their classic literature characters and inside jokes. This year I didn't get to very many because the ones I seemed to choose were monsters or the kind you have to kind of slog through. This book was both - yet it was amazing!

I wasn't sure what to expect from this next book but it. was. hilarious. Over-the-top, but hilarious and I really enjoyed it. The rest of the series was a complete disappointment.

This book was a bit of a slog because of all the history that seemed slightly unrelated, but actually wasn't. Still, it totally made me want to become a mystery writer.

Some of the books I finally got around to reading off my shelves this year were 3 books by Molly Gloss. Loved them. However, there were seriously awkward and horrible intimate encounters in the first two. So awkward I almost wondered if she was trying to make the reader uncomfortable? Other than those brief and completely random scenes her books are awesome. The Hearts of Horses didn't have a scene like that but this book was awesome for many other reasons.

Last but not least of my favorites was Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson. I've read two of her Faery Rebels series and finally got my hands on a copy of this book. It was totally not what I was expecting and it was amazing.

I have a TON of books on my list to read for this year and am looking forward to getting to them. Did you read anything I should add to this year's list?

Books Read in 2011


Megan said...

Sent samples of your standouts to my kindle so I won't forget to check them out :). I think I'll do goodreads this year too. I did a terrible job keeping track of what books I read last year, and I do enjoy making a list.

Melissa said...

Wow, Molly. That is a lot of reading! I am challenging myself to 50 books this year. We'll see how that goes. I've joined several reading challenges on Goodbooks and reading blogs, so I am hoping that will keep me on track. I am definitely going to add the Nancy Drew book to my list. Sounds like a fun read. :)

cat said...

I am very sad that you didn't like the other books in the Parasol Protectorate series. :( I continue to enjoy them.

Wasn't Ultraviolet cool? Was so not expecting that ending. Dude.

I wasn't going to do the GR challenge again, but the widget was such a pretty colour! I am a sucker for presentation, I tell you.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your book list...see some of my favs here, too! I read The Hearts of Horses first...and then looked for every book this author wrote! I love the strong women characters! I'll write a few of these down on my 'to read' list! Happy new year! ♥

kathy said...

I just read a Pride & Prejudice type book. The story and settings reminded me of Austen's book.
Although full of similarities it stands as its own story.
"The Twelfth Enchantment" by David Liss

My winter reading usually revolves around one author - where I read everything that author wrote chronologically. Since Anne McCaffery just passed away - I think I will start with her and reread all of those books. Her son writes too.

I admire you for keeping track. My only way of keeping tabs is how many library fines I accumulate.