Saturday, December 31, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It'll be 2012 in a couple hours and I have completed my 50 book a year reading goal for this year. Just barely though and near the end I've had to read a number of young adult books just to get the numbers up. I haven't been writing reviews this last month either but I may go back and do little write-ups for each next week or so.
Here is the 2011 list:
Fiction:
  1. The Metamorphosis- Franz Kafka
  2. The Stranger- Albert Camus
  3. Fool- Christopher Moore
  4. The Art of Racing in the Rain- Garth Stein
  5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao- Junot Diaz
  6. Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro
  7. Let the Right One In- John Ajvide Lindqvist
  8. Wolf Hall- Hilary Mantel
  9. Blindness- Jose Saramago
  10. The Road to Jerusalem-Jan Guillou
  11. The Templar Knight- Jan Guillou
  12.  Steppenwolf- Herman Hesse
  13. Empire of the Sun- J.G. Ballard
  14. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War- Max Brooks
  15. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
  16. Life, the Universe, and Everything- Douglas Adams
  17. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove- Christopher Moore 
Non-Fiction:
  18. Night- Elie Wiesel
  19. Last Words- George Carlin
  20. Unbearable Lightness- Portia De Rossi 
  21. Assholes Finish First- Tucker Max
  22. Beyond Belfast- Will Ferguson
  23. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee- Sarah Silverman
  24. Maus I- Art Spiegelman 

Fantasy:
   25. The Blade Itself- Joe Abercrombie
   26. A Dance With Dragons- George R. R. Martin
   27. The Once and Future King- T.H.White
   28. The Magicians- Lev Grossman
   29. Acacia: The War with the Mein- David Anthony Durham
   30. John Dies at the End- David Wong
   31. The Protector's War- S.M.Sterling
   32. The Way of Shadows- Brent Weeks
   33. The Desert Spear- Peter V Brett
   34. The Wise Man's Fear- Patrick Rothfuss
   35. Assassin's Quest- Robin Hobb


Young Adult:
   36. Uglies- Scott Westerfeld
   37. Pretties- Scott Westerfeld
   38. Specials- Scott Westerfeld
   39. Extras- Scott Westerfeld
   40. Coraline- Neil Gaiman
   41. The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman
   42. The Giver- Lois Lowry
   43. The Bad Beginning- Lemony Snicket
   44. The Reptile Room- Lemony Snicket 

For School:
   45. King Harald's Saga- Snorri Sturluson
   46. The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail- Michael Baigent
   47. Norwegian Runes and Runic Inscriptions- Terje Spurkland
   48. A New Introduction to Old Norse: Grammar- Michael Barnes
Other:
   49. Eating the Dinosaur- Chuck Klosterman
   50. When You Are Engulfed In Flames- David Sedaris

Reading goals for 2012:
-again read at least 50 books. Read more history, read more modern fiction, read more "classic" novels.

Unrelated note: just wanted to say thanks to the commenter that said they found my blog inspiring. Glad you could find something to take from my blog, I do try and fulfill my own dreams as much as I can. Good luck in the new year.

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