Last January I joined Goodreads as a way to journal the books I'm reading and what I think of them. They host a yearly challenge in which you set a book goal and they keep track of your status on the site.
My goal for 2011 was 52 books, one a week assuming that some weeks I might not finish one and some weeks I would finish several.
I read 55 books last year.
I can hardly believe it.
On January 20th I started The Hunger Games and finished on the 21st.
I read Catching Fire in it's entirety the next day.
I ran out and bought Mockingjay on the 23rd and finished it the 24th.
Despite the fact that I had a 11 week old baby, I gave-up any chance of sleep and inhaled the series.
Read the books and tell me what you think.
These are by far my favorite reads of 2011.
They stayed with me for weeks, the characters living in my mind throughout the days.
Nearly a year later I'm still excited about it.
Oh and the movie will be out in March and I seriously cannot wait.
2011 could also be called the year of YA dystopian society novels.
After reading The Hunger Games Series I was eager to read anything suggested to readers who liked that genre. I started reading all the suggestions and there you have most of them above.
May I also mention that she is 23 years old. Incredible what people can do.
The Maze Runner, Birthmarked, Matched and Delirium are all the first books in a series.
I'll be reading the next book to all of them but to be honest I typically like to wait until all the books are out and then read them all, one after the other.
Delirium writer Lauren Oliver gets bonus points for being an awesome author/blogger and letting her blog readers name the next 2 books in her trilogy. How cool is that?
In Delirium, love is a disease that the government cures you of when you turn 18. It is required and a normal part of every day life.
I thought love as a disease was an interesting concept as they dive into all the insane and sometimes awful things people do for love. Life without love, including parenting, is a very odd thing to behold.
I kept my momentum up by reading some fast YA novels in between some of my longer or heavier reads. If I pick up a book and don't get into it in the first few chapters I put it down to and revisit it soon after. Sometimes it's just a matter of mood.
That being said, I flew through these.
I won't go describing The Help as I'm sure you already know it's fantastic.
The Thirteenth Tale was awesome and recommended to me repeatedly by different people for good reason. Lots of twists and turns and I enjoyed them all.
The Red Tent had been sitting on my shelf for years. I've no idea why I didn't get to it sooner but I really liked it. Based on a Dinah, mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Genesis it's a very interesting historical fiction. I'll be reading more historical fiction this year.
I'm positive that my new found addiction to the library (which I hadn't been to in years) helped fuel my reading. Finding out you can have books transferred to your library for a quarter and having return deadlines really pushed me to find what I want and then read it immediately.
It also kept me from hitting a standstill when I lacked the funds to buy a new book.
Who can afford 55 new books a year?
That being said, I wish I owned some of these as they'd fit nicely in my future library.
I'll wrap up with a few children's books I really liked.
Don't scoff at children's books by the way. We're not talking picture books, all of these were at least a couple hundred pages long. In fact, Wildwood by Decemberist frontman Colin Meloy, was one of the longest books I read this year at over 500 pages. I picked that one up because I got sucked into the gorgeous cover illustrations.
Anything But Typical was is one of those books that I want others to read because of the perspective it gives as the narrator is an autistic middle school boy, in a very simple way, that people of all ages will understand.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a coming-of-age tale about a young girl who already seems to be growing against the grain. She bonds with her grandfather, the avid naturalist, as he teaches her about this mysterious and often shunned-upon topic called science. Callie has 6 brothers, a resistance to wearing petticoats and lace and the dream of a future that is unique to girls in 1899.
What did you read in 2011 and what do you recommend I read in 2012?