In 2011, I read 70 books. My goal was 75. Yes, I fell short. I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of George R. R. Martin. I waded into A Song of Ice and Fire books, reading the first two: A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings.
Those are some long books, y’all. I’m not sure if I’ll tackle the next in the series in 2012 or not. Long, epic fantasy is a mood read for me. So, if I’m in the mood, I’ll search out the next in the series. If not … I’ll read something else.
But it wasn’t just a year for quantity. A large majority of those 70 books were four and five star reads for me. A few of the best:
The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, John Truby
Rival, Sara Bennett Wealer
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A.S. King
Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly
Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo
The Magician’s Elephant, Kate DiCamillo
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Novel, Helen Simonson
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
War Through the Generations challenge books (Civil War)
Two Girls of Gettysburg, Lisa Klein
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, Tony Horwitz
And the War Came: The Six Months That Tore America Apart, Jamie Malanowski
Last book read
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd, Patrick Ness (a five-star read–bring tissues)
But really, if the book is on my list, I more than likely enjoyed it. I’m putting my 2011 list below the cut (70 books makes for a very long blog post). If you’re interested in my take on any of them, let me know. I love to talk books!