I had a goal to read a book a month in 2012. How’d I do?
Okay, yeah, I know everyone else posted this list in January, but hey, I’m different, you know (and maybe I totally forgot) 🙂
But now I can say I’m original. Yay!
I gave myself this goal last year because as a writer, you are supposed to read – and I definitely wasn’t reading. Giving myself a goal forced me to go to bed earlier so I would have time to cuddle up with my book before I went to sleep, and made me feel good about saying “yes” when my husband asked if I wanted to read by the fire (which I love doing).
I’m glad to say that I am finding time to read again. I can usually polish off a novel in a week or so if it is really good. In 2012 I had a goal to read at least one book a month. By the end of the year, I had read well over twenty books! Yay me! (A few of them were novellas, but the important thing was that I was reading, and I scoped out books in many genres)
Here they are in order. I kept moving these around for one reason or another. I basically ranked them with a combination of great writing and general great reading experience. (Which are two very different things)
My rating system: Did I close the book and want to reach for another book by that author? Then I ranked the book higher. Was the writing fabulous, but something about the plot disturbed me? Down the list you go. (I don’t like to be ticked off or feel sick to my stomach after reading something.)
So here is every book I read in 2012 from best to “not so best”, weighing heavily on my emotional reaction to the story as well as all around great writing (and with the exception of maybe two books on this list, all the writing was really engaging.)
Crux, Julie Reece
The Glass Man, Jocelyn Adams
The P.U.R.E., by Claire Gillian
Oracle, JC Martin
Instinct, JA Belfield
Mended Hearts, Olivia Devereaux
The Circle, Stella Berkley
Again, Diana Murdock
Surrender, by Aimee Laine
Hunger Games (Didn’t finish-watched movie instead)
The Secret Year, Jennifer Hubbard
Call of the Sea, Rebecca Heart
Darkness and Light, JA Belfield
The Sword, Bryan M. Litfin
Talbot’s Ploy, Kastil Evenshade
Soul of the Succubus, Lila Shaw
Fated Encounter, JA Belfield
Into the Unknown (Anthology)
A Touch of M**** (I feel bad listing someone as the worst, but this is that horrible book that I ananymously throttled for being so bad. I will continue to keep its anonimity)
There you have it. What were your favorites from last year? Any recommendations for this year’s list?
- Cover Reveal: Caged by J. A. Belfield (clairegillian.com)
- February Reading Roundup – “Read, Read, Read.” (swampofboredom.com)
- A Book’s First Chapter (i-nation.me)
- Book Magic (shimango.wordpress.com)