As best as I can tell, I read 46 books in 2011. Considering I spent a good portion of the year reading various parts of The Old West series and started and stopped a fair few of books, I’m happy with that number. (Of course, in a perfect world I would be able to read one book a day.) But, a better indicator of a successful year of reading is the quality of what I read and this year, I enjoyed more books than I disliked. That’s a win.
Best Book(s) – To Kill a Mockingbird, Memoirs of a Geisha, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Searchers, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Unwritten Volume 3: Dead Man’s Knock, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Best Teen – Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – It’s always impressive when you stop and consider how well some adult authors can get inside the head of their teen protagonists and tell their story. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an uncomfortable read, for parents, at times. But, I think the nervousness engendered when reading something like this reminds parents 20 or 30 years removed from being a teen just what it was like.
Best YA – The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – Riordan has done what JK Rowling either doesn’t have the ability or desire to do – continue the story of the world he created past his initial heroes. Children and adult readers are richer for it.
Book I Still Haven’t Finished – Thank You, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse – Honestly, there are too many books that I started and haven’t finished to list, but Thank You, Jeeves is the biggest disappointment in that group. I heard so much praise for Wodehouse’s wit and the seminal characters of Jeeves and Wooster that I fully expected to be drawn in immediately. Never happened. I’m not sure I’ll ever pick it up again.
Biggest Disappointment – A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear – I wrote a detailed review about my disappointments with this book so I won’t bore you with a rehashing of all that (though I do recommend you read the review; I feel it is one of my best). I see on Amazon that Winspear has another novel coming out in March. I’ll buy it and read it, but I’m wary.
Unintentional Consequence of Joining a Reading Challenge – Discovering I don’t like Sense and Sensibility – I joined two challenges and finished none, but the biggest disappointment was my growing dislike of Sense and Sensibility. I’m not sure I’ll ever read that book again, but I’m sure I’ll watch another adaptation or two in my lifetime.
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