Sunday, January 13, 2013

Follow up

Well, it didn't knock Pride and Prejudice out of the top spot, but I think it's in my top five.

I listened to the audiobook, and as it is set in Australia, they had an Australian guy read the book. He sounds just like the man from Snowy River and I pretty much want to marry him now.  I loved the main character, Tom, in this book.  He is a Good Man, which is my favorite type of male character.  There are exquisite thoughts about life and raising children and so much of it reflected how I feel about my own children and the experiences I've had with them.

This is a Sad Book.  I didn't think that I could love a Sad Book so much, but I do.  I think it's obvious that I am a Happy Book person and that's how I roll.  But I still enjoyed every minute of this, even if so many of them had me silently weeping in the car on my way to work or while laying in bed with Colin sleeping near me.  It was actually kind of cathartic.

A couple of things kept this out of the #1 spot for me, which I'd be happy to chat about with anyone who reads the book, but it's still very good.  I certainly won't look at a lighthouse without a huge amount of sentiment (and maybe a little heartache) any time soon.

Friday, January 4, 2013

2012 Reading Review

In 2012 I read 62 books and a total of 20, 391 pages.  That's a lotta meatballs.  More than I have read in any past year ever.  Here are the charts that Goodreads does so nicely:

Number of books read:

And pages read:

I have five favorites from the year.  They are:

For Darkness Shows the Stars, which is my #1 favorite.

#2 and 3 are a tie between these two:

Ready Player One

Throne of Glass

Followed by two sequels in dystopia series, which are:

Pandemonium (Sequel to Delirium)

and Prodigy by Marie Lu (Sequel to Legend)

If I was a good blogger I would chat about why those are my favorites or whatnot.

But I'm not a good blogger.

Deal with it.
But I will say, I'm already reading a book right now that might be my very favorite for 2013 and might even knock Pride and Prejudice out of place for my Favorite Book.  Basically, I'm saying that I want to put down roots in a good neighborhood with this book and read it again and again until we're old and grey/tattered and earning social security.  I love it that much.  But I haven't finished it yet so we'll see.  (more later)

I don't have any book resolutions for 2013.  Oh, wait, I do.  I have a goal to read more Book Club books (because I am the head of the book club team at my library).  But I don't have a number-of-books-read goal.  Hitting 62 was pretty cool last year (that's about 5 per month) as well as most pages ever.

As far as general 2013 resolutions go, I resolve to keep treading water and to try to not get too dramatic about how I feel most of the time.  2012 was a very lovely year, thanks to Michael and his efforts to make it "The Year of Fun."  We did have lots of fun last year.  If I have anything to say about it, 2013 will be good, too.  Hopefully.