~One thing that I learned this year is that the books I loved most were the books I heavily researched and read the reviews for before I spent good money on them. Generally, I saw them on several favorite book lists, not necessarily just the New York Times list.
~Just because it’s a favorite author doesn’t mean you’ll love everything they wrote. I can not believe the only book I couldn’t finish came highly recommended and by an author I have always loved. I may have to give that one another try, because I just can NOT believe I didn’t get through it. I am not a quitter. I am not a quitter. I am not a quitter…
~Anyone can become a best seller when they offer free, or nearly free, Kindle books. That doesn’t make them a memorable bestseller. And I can’t believe I fell for it over and over. But it’s not like I read them back to back. I need to learn to be a quitter without a guilty conscience..
~I should keep a reading journal. My Amazon shopping list does not sufficiently cover what I read. 80% maybe, but that’s not 100. I didn’t realize I had read so much this year, mostly by reading an hour before sleep, each night.
Books I would whole-heartedly recommend to anyone:
~ On Borrowed Wings – Chandra Prasad
~ When We Were Strangers – Pamela Schoenewaldt
~ Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
~ Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand
~ The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom
~ My Antonia – Willa Sibert Cather
~ The Widow of the South – Robert Hicks
~ Secret Daughter: A Novel – Gowda, Shilpi Somaya
~ Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
~ The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
~ Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
Totally entertaining reads:
~ My Own Country – Abraham Verghese
~ Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel – Jamie Ford
~ The Menopause Thyroid Solution – Mary Shoman
~ The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
~ Catching Fire (The second Book of The Hunger Games) – Suzanne Collins
~ Mockingjay (The third Book of The Hunger Games) – Suzanne Collins
~ Blacklisted From the PTA – Lela Davidson
~ Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife – Irene Spencer
~ A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family – Cheryl Tan
~ The Mill River Recluse – Darcie Chan
I just may have had to look these books up, to remember what they were:
~ Lethal People (A Donovan Creed Novel) – John Locke
~ Lethal Experiment (a Donovan Creed Novel) – John Locke
~ Saving Rachel (a Donovan Creed Crime Novel) – John Locke
~ Vegas Moon (A Donovan Creed Novel) – John Locke
~ Maid to Match – Deeanne Gist
~ Close to Famous – Joan Bauer
I just couldn’t finish:
As I was going through my Kindle archives I see I still have several unread books that I am looking forward to reading, in 2012, and several that I may just hit delete on and forget about feeling guilty….
What about you? What are you looking forward to reading this next year?