I keep meaning to do a real life update, but that will have to come at a later date, because I saw this end of the year reading meme on isiscaughey
's journal and decided I needed to do it instead.1. What's the best book you read this year?
Oh, I am never good at superlatives. I'm going to cheat a little bit and say Blackout/All Clear
by Connie Willis, which is essentially one novel in two volumes. I've really enjoyed some of her other novels, but this one really sucked me in. Time travel and
the London Blitz? I'm so there. I was really immersed in these for a few days.2. Any other reading highlights?Bossypants
by Tina Fey: Because it's really, really funny.The False Princess
: Because I'm a sucker for fairy-tale-esque stories, and this one went beyond the norm with some actually unexpected twists.All Men of Genius
by Lev AC Rosen: Because it's got some Shakespeare, some Wilde, and lots of kickass characters. If more steampunk were like this, I would be way more enthusiastic about steampunk.Divergent
by Veronica Roth: Because who doesn't enjoy YA dystopia. (Probably plenty of folks, actually.) I described this to a friend as "The Giver
for people who liked The Hunger Games
. In Chicago."3. What's the most challenging book you read this year?
There are multiple ways I could interpret challenging, but I'm going with Letters Home
which is an edited collection of Sylvia Plath's letters to her mother from her enrollment at Smith to her death. I started the book in January and finished yesterday. It was challenging for me both because of form (letters don't have much of a narrative thread) and subject matter (Sylvia almost always presented her life as if everything was perfect, up to the last letter she sent).4. What's the worst book you read this year?
This is a tough one. As some of you may recall, bookwench31
gave me some awesomely bad
ARCS that I reviewed on this very journal. However, I think the honor of worst book of the year goes to Death's Daughter
by Amber Benson. This was the book that finally convinced me that I had way too little time to read to justify spending on reading awful books just for the hell of it (peer pressure be damned!).5. Which authors featured most prominently for you in 2011?
That would be Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant (she's the same person, yo). If you haven't read any of her books, DO IT. She's an incredibly productive writer, which is great for me. This year I read the two latest in the Toby Daye series (my favorite urban fantasy series), Late Eclipses
and One Salt Sea
, and the first two in the Newsflesh series (my favorite zombie apocalypse series?), Feed
, plus the prequel novella Countdown
. 6. Were you part of a reading challenge? Did you meet it?
Not anything formal, but I challenged myself to finish at least one book a week (that would be 52 total) for 2011. I'm currently at 55 with a few days left, so go me!7. Are you signed up for any in 2012?
I'll probably try to top this year in 2012. Which should hopefully be easier now that I've finished watching Buffy and SGA.8. What books are you hoping to get for Christmas (or buy next, if you don’t do the holiday gifting season thing)?
Not a specific book, but my mom and brother gave me a Kindle for Christmas! Right now I've got a few books from the public library and another from Project Gutenberg, because even with my new fancy toy in hand I am super cheap.9. Which books are you most looking forward to reading in 2012?
I'm sure there are others but off the top of my head: Deadline
by Mira Grant (OMG why is it not out yet?!), Discount Armageddon
and Ashes of Honor
by Seanan McGuire (hey, are we noticing a theme yet?), and Insurgent
by Veronica Roth.10. Any final book thoughts?
I've said this to Patty before, but I really miss working in a public library and getting to see all the new books as they come across the counter. I feel like I have to work much harder now to keep up and to find stuff that really grabs me.