2012 Books Read

34. Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland (17 hours)
33. The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

32. The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark (15 hours)
31. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (11 hours)
30. Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar (11 hours)
29. Fifty Shades Freed by EL James (581 pages)
28. The Storekeeper’s Daughter by Wanda Brunstetter (9 hours)
27. Fifty Shades Darker by EL James (544 pages)
26. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James (514 pages)
25. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (9.5 hours)
24. Savushun by Simin Daneshvar (286 pages)
23. March by Geraldine Brooks (273 pages)
22. The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch (13 hours)
21. Darcy and Elizabeth by Linda Berdoll (184 of 429)

20. Ape House by Sara Gruen (11 hours)
19. The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig (388 pages)
18. The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry (19 hours)
17. Finding Manana by Mirta Ojito (278 pages)
16. Kele’s Secret by Tololwa Mollel (14 pages)
15. Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery (243 pages)
14. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (9 hours)
13. A Million Suns by Beth Revis (386 pages)
12. The Shunning by Beverly Lewis (9 hours)
11. Timeless by Gail Carriger (386 pages)
10. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (8 hours)
9. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
8. Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
7. The Honey Jar by Rigoberta Menchu
6. Of Blood and Fire by Jahanara Imam (107 of 246 pages)
5. Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo, Julia Denos (28 pages)
4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (8.5 hours)
3. Tsotsi by Athol Fugard (226 pages)
2. The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards (16.5 hours)
1. Ivy and Intrigue by Lauren Willig (106 pages)


2012 Resolutions

Copyright 2012 Resolution

Simple enough–read at least FIVE books published in 2012. I know in 2011, I managed to read many, many more books than the five I originally resolved to read. But you never know what is going to come up and I did have a lot of “down” time in 2011 to read. So I don’t want to resolve to read so many books I end up over-extending myself or feeling a failure. I’ll do what I did in 2011: I’ll read as many books published in 2012 as seem interesting to me. I’ll never read a book that doesn’t sound good to me just to complete a resolution (or challenge).

1. Timeless by Gail Carriger
2. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
3. The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig

Personal Collection Resolution

I resolve to read at least TEN books that I have in my personal collection. But I want to be more specific this year. I want to read ten books that I have owned since 2011 or before. Last year I counted books that I bought throughout the year as from my personal collection. But I think that sort of defeats the purpose of a resolution to read books I have owned for many years. (Just as with last year, I am allowed to count these books for other resolutions.)

1. Ivy and Intrigue by Lauren Willig (purchased in 2011)
2. Finding Manana by Mirta Ojito (given in 2007)
3. Darcy and Elizabeth by Linda Berdoll (purchased in 2006)
(I didn’t actually finish reading this, but I put as much effort into it that I could, so I consider it read.)
4. March by Geraldine Brooks (purchased 12/6/2010)

Years of Books Resolution

I resolve to read at least FIVE books in 2012 that count towards my long-term reading goal of reading a book published in each year starting in 1800 (my Years of Books Goal).
Books in GREEN are books I (tentatively) plan to read for this resolution.

1. Tsotsi by Athol Fugard (1980)
2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
3. A Million Suns by Beth Revis (2012)

4. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (1987)
5. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (1906)

Inspirational Resolution

While my taste in books is what I’d call eclectic, there are some genres that I just completely steer clear of. I don’t think it’s because I find them less-deserving, but rather that books which are so strongly one genre instead of just general fiction (which can have a little of everything, I think) are books I wouldn’t like. So I think I need to branch out and read some “genre” books. If nothing else, this will allow me to say that I have tried them and do/don’t like them. The one I stay away from most is the inspiration genre. I associate it with religious (and, in my library, probably Christian) books. As I don’t like such strong religious aspects in stories normally, that’s probably why I don’t read a book that I think is only about that. But, I suppose “inspirational” doesn’t mean “religious” technically. Anyways, I’m going to try to read FIVE books from the inspiration section (preferably not a series).

1. Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
2. The Shunning by Beverly Lewis
3. The Storekeeper’s Daughter by Wanda Brunstetter
4. Left Behind by Tim LaHaye
5. Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 2012

In 2011, I had a resolution to read books from around the world. I called it my Travel the Globe Resolution, and Shannon at Giraffe Days participated with me. This year, Shannon is hosting a challenge which is a spinoff of our resolution: the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge. Essentially, reading a book every month that takes us around the world. Here are some rules:

1. Books must be set in the country. (For help, try this website.)
2. Books should be by an author of that country, if you can find/get hold of one.
3. Books must be fiction or memoir. Children’s books count too.
4. Books can count towards other challenges.

When you review your book, I hope you’ll consider addressing some of these questions (they might help in deciding what book to read too):

What did you learn about the country’s culture, history etc. from reading this book? Any new insights, any shifts in your perception, or did it align with what you knew/understood already?

How did land, geography, flora and fauna feature in the book? Did it have a distinct feel that helped you visualise and made you feel like you were there, or was the story more focused on plot?

Did the story make you want to visit/revisit the country, or explore it in a new way if you live there already; did it make you want to read more stories set in the country?

(In GREEN are the books I plan on reading for the challenge)
(In ORANGE are the books I have read for the challenge)

January – South Africa – Tsotsi by Athol Fugard
February – Bangladesh – Of Blood and Fire by Jahanara Imam
March – Guatemala – The Honey Jar by Rigoberta Menchu
April – Tanzania – Kele’s Secret by Tololwa Mollel
May – Cuba – Finding Manana by Mirta Ojito
June – Germany – The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
July – Iran – Savushun by Simin Daneshvar
August – Mexico – FAIL
September – Philippines – FAIL
October – Denmark – FAIL
November – Peru – FAIL
December – Iceland

L.M. Montgomery Mini-Challenge 2012

Shannon at Giraffe Days, aside from hosting the above Around the World in 12 Books Challenge, is hosting a mini challenge that has all to do with LM Montgomery, best known for her Anne of Green Gables series. Here are some details:

Challenge Details

  • This mini-challenge will run from 1st February to 30th April, 2012.
  • The idea is more to encourage ourselves to read Montgomery books we haven’t read before, than just re-reading Anne of Green Gables, her most famous book. Unless you’ve never read Anne of Green Gables, in which case, this is the perfect opportunity to fix that!
  • There are four challenge levels to choose from, to set yourself a goal:

The Anne Level
Read seven or more L.M. Montgomery books

The Emily Level
Read five L.M. Montgomery books

The Pat Level
Read three L.M. Montgomery books

The Jane Level
Read at least one L.M. Montgomery book

I have signed up for the Jane Level, since I’ve got a lot on my plate already for reading. The next book in the Anne series I have to read is Anne of the Island, so that is what I intend to read for the challenge.

1. Anne of the Island

Readers Imbibing in Peril VII

A challenge to read books of a spooky nature, running from September 1st to October 31st. Hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings.
I will sign up for Peril the First, in which I must read FOUR spooky books.

I did not finish a single book for this challenge 😦 The challenge started right as my reading headed into a slump, which wasn’t helped by the fact that I was reading The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne which I still haven’t finished (as of 11/25) and I’m giving it up–it’s very snoozy. (I guess red will mean uncompleted challenge!)


General Books I’d FINALLY Like to Read

There are just a lot of books that I have that I’d like to read. I hoped that 2011’s Personal Collection Resolution would get me to read some of them, but it didn’t really work out that way. So here are some books–that I either own or don’t–that I’d like to FINALLY read (in no particular order).

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    I’ve owned this book for at least 7 years and have yet to read it. I tried to read it once, but I got confused really early on. Now that I know the premise, from a film version, I think it might be easier.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    This is my ultimate favorite book ever. And I have only read it once. I think it’s time to re-read it.
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
    I finally got through The Hobbit, which only took me four tries. But I know the story from the three LOTR movies and I think I’d be much more interested in these stories than The Hobbit.

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