Want to read those posts? Good lists.... 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
Unlike incredibly motivated people who set themselves a particular goal for how many books to read, I just...read. But keeping track of the books has become one of my favorite things to do! And it does motivate me to see how many I can read in one year. In 2010, I hit my highest number (since I've been keeping track) when I read 100 books. But I haven't quite hit that since. I'm giggling as I read back over the previous years' posts. Each year I say that I'm really not about the quantity...but I am! I get such a little thrill when I add another book to the list.
Things were a little different this year. I didn't read as much as I usually do...I was distracted.
I've been cramming at the end of the year - reading like crazy! The librarians had forgotten what I looked like but now I'm back to my usual borrowing habits.
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- The Always War by Margaret Petersen Haddix
- The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
- Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal
- Tempest by Julie Cross
- When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano
- Blackout by Connie Willis
- All Clear by Connie Willis
- Linchpin by Seth Godin
- The Art of Non-Conformity by Christ Guillebeau
- Home Front by Kristin Hannah
- Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
- The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
- Alice's Piano by Melissa Muller
- The Shape of Desire by Sharon Shinn
- Tomorrow's Synagogue Today by Hayim Herring
- Where Justice Dwells by Jill Jacobs
- I am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- My Russian Grandmother and her American Vacuum Cleaner by Meir Shalev
- Bloom by Kelle Hampton
- The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
- House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe
- 97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman
- Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
- An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff
- Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
- Next Year in Israel by Sarah Bridgeton
- The Books of Rachel by Joel Gross
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Summerland by Ellin Hilderbrand
- History of a Pleasure-Seeker by Richard Mason
- Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
- Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Lord of Mountains by S.M. Stirling
- Sown in Tears by Beverly Magid
- Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
- The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom
- The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
- The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
- Every Day by David Levithan
- A World Away by Nancy Grossman
- Fire in the Ashes by Jonathan Kozol
- Sipping from the Nile by Jean Naggar
- Road to Valor by Aili and Andres McConnor
- Hot Mamalah by Lisa Klug
- Whispers in Autumn by Tricia Leigh
- The Last Song by Eva Weisman
- Arcadia by Lauren Groff
- The Lawgiver by Herman Wouk
- A Yellow Raft on Blue Water by Michael Dorris
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
- The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
- Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
So what did I like best?
Hmm. I loved Gone Girl. I know it was one of those controversial-love-it-or-hate-it books but I was in the "love it" camp. When She Woke was a great one, and so was The Dovekeepers and The Night Circus. I've recommended Arcadia, and I also have suggested that people read Unorthodox and I Am Forbidden (I actually think they complement each other nicely). The newest Wouk book about Moses (actually about a film about Moses, but let's not be picky) was fabulous, and I can't say enough amazing things about Brene Brown's writing and Kelle Hampton's photography & words. I'm so bummed that I was not a fan of J.K. Rowling's new-and-so-not-Harry-Potter book because I really wanted to be. (I was pleased to slip in an Elm Creek Quilt book at the end of the year - I do love those!) But I did enjoy almost all the books on this list!
And what am I going to read next? I have a whole list. Plus I have other people's lists and it never seems to end. There's always a great book just around the corner waiting for me. But most of the time I just read whatever comes my way...what do you think I should read?
|My dad with Yael a few years ago....READING!
P.P.S. If you want to follow along with what I'm reading, I update on the right-hand sidebar of this blog, and I also have a Goodreads account but I'm not quite as good about updating that.