Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reading Year in Review 2011


I managed to read 69 books this year, which is a bit over my “book-a-week” goal.  However, as I look over the list, I notice that I read fewer books in 2010, but many of last year’s books had more of a “Wow!” factor.  Each year is a reading adventure and I look forward to what’s ahead.   Summary of 2011:

Biggest disappointment: Watch For the Light - Readings for Advent

Best YA fiction: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Favorite biography:  Hitler by Albert Marrin

Favorite new author:  Jon Hassler (I fell in love with protagonist, Agatha McGee, and quickly breezed through four books in which she played a central role - A Green Journey, Dear JamesStaggerford Flood, The New Woman.) 

Favorite “old-time” authors discovered through Kindle: Maurice Le Blanc and Joseph Crosby Lincoln

Favorite re-read: Jane Eyre (almost a yearly tradition)

Favorite WWII book:  South to Bataan, North to Mukden (P.O.W. diary)

Most demanding, yet most satisfying: Fellowship of the Ring and Two Towers by Tolkien

5 comments:

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Most I these are unfamiliar to me. My young cousin was reading War Horse in her newly acquired Kindle on Christmas Day. I look forward to reading your review of it!

Carol in Oregon said...

Hi Hope!

I love Albert Marrin's juvenile histories. I think he's brilliant.

And I must thank you for introducing me to Jon Hassler. I see myself re-reading A Green Journey and Dear James a few times in my life.

I'm eager to check out LeBlanc and JCL.

Happy Reading in 2012!

Sheila said...

I'm going to read the Hitler biography. I've read quite a few books on WW 2 in the last year or so.

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Beth said...

I just recently finished War Horse and really enjoyed it.

Patricia said...

I found the first two of the Lord of the Rings trilogy demanding as well, but the last more than made up for the difficulty. I said after reading The Return of the King that I would be willing to read the first two over and over just to get to the third. Sam will always be one of my most treasured "literary friends".