Sunday, January 1, 2012

Read in 2011

My goal was to read 150 books this year. Despite a last-minute read-a-thon, I still came up just short, with only 143. I got a very strong start last January. Being snowed in for over a week with an epic once-in-century ice storm will do that for for you! There isn't really a weak spot for the whole year, just a very slight falling behind each month. To be perfectly honest - I usually set a goal of 100 books a year, and I don't think too hard about it, and usually I hit that number, or come very close. I thought if I set a goal of 150, and just worked at it a bit, that I might just breeze right past that easily. I compare myself to folks who are serving on awards committees who read 200-300 books a year, and I think, "Wow, I could do so much better." 


On the other hand, I feel like the amount I've read this year is not too shabby! I really enjoyed a lot of these books. I participated in the 2011 Debut Authors Challenge and discovered a lot of awesome new writers. I'm glad I put together this master list -- as I was going through it, I kept thinking, "I can't believe I didn't put up a review for that one! Or that one! Hey, I never reviewed that? I could have sworn that I did!" So, I've got a lot of reviewing to catch up on, apparently! Let's take a look at what I read. 


January


1 Sisters Red - Jackson Pearce
2 Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace - Gordon MacKenzie
3 The Cardturner - Louis Sachar
4 Jane - April Lindner
5 Penny Dreadful - Laurel Snyder
6 Insatiable - Meg Cabot
7 Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
8 Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
9 Sister Wife - Shelley Hrdlitschka
10 The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger
11 The Vespertine - Saundra Mitchell
12 Avalon High - Meg Cabot
13 Inside Out - Maria V. Snyder
14 The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling - Maryrose Wood
15 Lucky - Rachel Vail
16 The Boy from Ilysies - Pearl North
17 Paranormalcy - Kiersten White
18 Doctor Horrible and Other Horrible Stories - Zack Whedon
19 Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead
20 Fantasy: An Artist's Realm - Ben Boos
21 The Star Maker - Laurence Yep
22 Burned - Ellen Hopkins
23 Hourglass - Claudia Gray
24 Dirty Little Secrets - C.J. Omololu


February


25 Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Viera Rigler
26 Minder - Kate Kaynak
27 Slice of Cherry - Dia Reeves
28 Across the Universe - Beth Revis
29 XVI - Julia Karr
30 The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Wendy Wan-Long Shang
31 Trickster's Girl - Hilari Bell
32 Delirium - Lauren Oliver
33 Angelfire - Courtney Allison Moulton
34 Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance - Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin
35 Season of Secrets - Sally Nicholls
36 Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess - George O'Connor
37 Infinite Days - Rebecca Maizel
38 The False Princess - Eilis O'Neal


March


39 Goose Chase - Patrice Kindl
40 Wither - Lauren deStefano
41 Angel Burn - L.A. Weatherly
42 One Hundred Candles - Mara Purnhagen
43 Bumped - Megan McCafferty
44 Eliza's Freedom Road - Jerdine Nolan
45 Firelight - Sophie Jordan
46 Alchemy and Meggy Swann - Karen Cushman
47 The Help - Kathryn Stockett
48 Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream - Jenny Han
49 The Iron King - Julie Kagawa


April


50 How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend - Gary Ghislain
51 The Latte Rebellion - Sarah Jamila Stevenson
52 Unearthly - Cynthia Hand
53 The Education of Bet - Lauren Baratz-Logsted
54 Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus - Atinuke
55 Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus - Atinkue
56 Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhha Lai
57 Dead Beautiful - Yvonne Woon
58 Pegasus - Robin McKinley
59 Drought - Pam Bachorz


May


60 Lost Voices - Sarah Porter
61 Brightly Woven - Alexandra Bracken
62 The Bloomswell Diaries - Louis L. Buitendag
63 Vesper - Jeff Sampson
64 A Long, Long Sleep - Anna Sheehan
65 Happy Birthday, Sophie Hartley - Stephanie Green
66 White Cat - Holly Black
67 Cinderella Smith - Stephanie Barden
68 Sidekicks - Jack D. Farraiolo
69 Falling in Love with English Boys - Melissa Jensen
70 Enclave - Ann Aguirre
71 The Girl's Guide to Homelessness - Brianna Karp
72 The Goddess Test - Aimee Carter


June


73 The Demon Trapper's Daughter - Jana Oliver
74 Hurricane Dancers - Margarita Engle
75 Skinned - Robin Wasserman
76 Thunder Over Kandahar - Sharon E. McKay
77 The Time Traveling Fashionista - Bianca Turetsky
78 Words in the Dust - Trent Reedy
79 Sinister Scenes - P.J. Bracegirdle
80 The Last Dragon - Jane Yolen
81 God No! - Penn Jillette
82 A Conspiracy of Kings - Megan Whalen Turner
83 Outside In - Maria V. Snyder


July


84 Wisdom's Kiss - Catherine Gilbert Murdock
85 Pink - Lili Wilkinson
86 The Girl of Fire and Thorns - Rae Carson
87 When Men Become Gods - Stephen Singular
88 Zita the Spacegirl - Ben Hatke
89 Ruby Red - Kerstin Gier
90 Pretty Bad Things - C.J. Skuse
91 A Treehouse of Your Own - John Harris
92 Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris


August


93 Lost Boy - Brent Jeffs
94 Misfit - Jon Skovron
95 EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken - Sally Warner
96 Afterlife - Claudia Gray
97 Bunheads - Sophie Flack
98 Sidekicks - Dan Santat
99 Red Glove - Holly Black
100 Puppet Play - Diana Schoenbrun
101 Water Wars - Cameron Stracher


September


102 The Princess Curse - Merrie Haskell
103 A Kiss in Time - Alex Flinn
104 Juliet Immortal - Stacey Jay
105 The Iron Giant - Ted Hughes
106 Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
107 Soulless - Gail Carringer
108 Changeless - Gail Carringer
109 Wonderstruck - Brian Selznick


October


110 The Inquisitor's Apprentice - Chris Moriarty
111 Forgotten - Cat Patrick
112 Blameless - Gail Carringer
113 Shut Out - Kody Keplinger
114 Divergent - Veronica Roth
115 Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
116 Alice in Wonderland - Martin Powell
117 Darth Paper Strikes Back - Tom Angleberger
118 Here Comes Trouble - Michael Moore
119 Vampire Knits - Genevieve Miller
120 Forever - Maggie Stiefvater
121 Boyfriends with Girlfriends - Alex Sanchez
122 Candor - Pam Bachorz


November


123 The Pledge - Kimberly Derting
124 The Rise of Renegade X - Chelsea Campbell
125 It's Not Really About the Hair - Tabatha Coffey
126 The Mephisto Covenant - Trinity Faegen
127 Frost - Wendy DelSol
128 The Not Quite Perfect Boyfriend - Lili Wilkinson
129 Hades: Lord of the Dead - George O'Connor
130 Darker Still - Leanna Renee Hieber
131 Peeled - Joan Bauer


December


132 Midnight Sun - Stephenie Meyer
133 Family Wanted: Stories of Adoption - Sara Holloway
134 Squish: Super Amoeba - Jennifer & Matt Holm
135 The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
136 Radiant Shadows - Melissa Marr
137 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney
138 Soul Thief - Jana Oliver
139 The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
140 Full Circle - Melora Hobbs Pond
141 The Emerald Atlas - John Stevens
142 The Girl Who Owned a City: The Graphic Novel - Dan Jolley
143 Shattered Dreams - Ellie James

4 comments:

  1. That's a pretty impressive list, whether you technically met your goal or not!

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  2. 143 is Amaaaazing! Almost 3 a week = super impressive. I remember looking at Write Meg's EOY post last year and she had reviewed almost every single book. I don't know how y'all super readers find the time!

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  3. This is really impressive!! That is quite a list of books you read in 2011; if I read as many books as you did, my to-read list would probably look a little more manageable! :)

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