Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Reading Wrap up



 2012 Reading Wrap up


How many books did you read this year? 129 at this point and half were ebooks.  I successfully completed the A to Z Challenge by title, read 25 new authors for the New Author Challenge and 6 books for Beth Fish Reads What's in a Name.  I only managed to read about 27 physical books in my tbr pile prior to 2012 for the Mount TBR Reading challenge since ebooks didn't count.  For every book I read, I probably added 5 more to my TBR pile. I read 4 chunky books for Tea and Books read a book over 700 pages long challenge. 

Did you meet or beat your own personal goal? I really didn't have a specific goal, just to slow down and enjoy my reads.

Favorite top 5 books of 2012:

Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall.  One of the most unique stories I ever written.
The Rose Labyrinth by Titanie Hardi
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Last Refuge by Ben Coes
By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz

Favorite Series: Urban Fantasy Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk

Favorite Audiobook: J.D Robb’s In Death series. I've been listening to the series all year in the car and sometimes while treadmilling.  I'm up to #31 Indulgence in Death.

Least Favorite Book: Switched by Amanda Hocking. I really didn’t like Wendy, the main character.

One book you thought you'd never read and was pleasantly surprised you like it? Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund.
 


One book you thought you'd love but didn't? Bram Stoker’s The Snakes Pass. Had been looking forward to reading it a long time but couldn’t get past the writing style.

One book that touched you - made you laugh, cry, sing or dance: A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman.

Any new to you authors discovered and you can't wait to read more of their stories? Dean Koontz, Devon Monk, Jennifer Estep to name a few.

Name the longest book you read? The Passage by Justin Cronin at 784 


Shortest? A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman

Name the most unputdownable book you read? It was a tie between Raw Shark Texts and The Last Refuge by Ben Coes.

Book that had the greatest impact on you this year? James Scott Bell’s Revision and Self Editing.

What book would you recommend everybody read? Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
 

What are your goals for the new year? What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2013?

Here's my basic reading plan for 2013.  I’m looking forward to reading Hopscotch with Stacia from WTM and whoever else wants to join us. Delving into a few non fiction and inspirational books, plus a bunch of chunky and dusty books. I think the books I’m looking forward to starting the year with are Vanity Fair by William Thackary and a couple non fiction books: Echoing Silence: Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing and The Write-Brain Workbook: 366 exercises to liberate your writing by Bonnie Neubaue.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great year of reading. I really need to train my brain to get used to eBooks.

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  2. ROBIN!!! About dropped my teeth when I read the line:

    "Shortest? A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman"

    LOL ... that's a first, for darn sure!! ;) Thank you SO much for your sweet comments about ALITW and even including it on this fun list.

    I wish you and yours a BLESSED NEW YEAR!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  3. I am totally "in love" with the In Death Series on audio!!! I will be reading The Passage for sure this year. I think I'm going to try your challenge 52 books/52 weeks again. I failed miserably in keeping track even though I did read 110 books this year!

    Happy New Year!

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  4. I really enjoyed reading your list, Robin. I have to check to see which Devon Monk series I have. You sound like you had a really good reading year. You did much better than I did with the challenges!

    Happy 2013 and I hope lots of reading ahead for you, Robin.

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