2012 has been a pretty good year in terms of reading, for me. I set a goal of reading 100 books for 2012 because last year I read 93 and thought I could probably do 100 this year, but unfortuately, I didn’t make it: I read an even 70 books this year. Not bad, but not quite the goal. I did start nursing school this year though so I had less time to read. I think for 2013 I am going to set a much more modest goal of 60 books.
The Best Book
It’s so hard to pick just one book that I consider the best I read this year, but I think I would choose Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir, a historical novel. I couldn’t put it down at all, and this was the book that got me interested in historical royalty fiction. Sort of my “gateway” book into that genre.
The Worst Book
The book I felt was the worst I read this year is Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins, a Young Adult novel. I thought it was wildly inappropriate for a teenager book; characters whose motivations and behaviours I questioned; and was poorly written. Was not pleased reading it.
Novel Insights Book Club
This was me and my friends’ first year doing an online book club thingie. It’s a very small “club” but we enjoy it very much! We read one book a month, so 12 books total, although I did not actually manage to read all 12. We/I read The Dovekeepers (Alice Hoffman), Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculier Children (Ransom Riggs), A Reliable Wife (Robert Goolrick), The Boy In The Suitcase (Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis), Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro), Four Sisters All Queens (Sherry Jones), Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn), and The Casual Vacancy (J.K. Rowling). I, for one reason or another, was not able to find the time to read 3 of the books — The Zookeeper’s Wife (Diane Ackerman), The Shoemaker’s Wife (Adriana Trigiani) (actually, I am currently reading it but won’t finish it in time!) and Oil! (Upton Sinclair).
I joined Jessica’s (Thoughts At One In The Morning) Classics Challenge this year and did level 2 of the challenge, which was to read 4-6 classics books. A classic is defined as a book published pre-1980. I did actually manage to complete this challenge so hooray! My six books were The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, 1984, The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina, The Invisible Man, and Casino Royale.
Hopefully I will be able to read lots of books in 2013! It will be a little tough to find the time since I am going to be in school for the full year (only off in August), so I am holding off on joining challenges and things like that as well. Happy new year!