I am obsessed with goodreads, it helps me to keep track of what I have read, what I want to read, and what my friends are reading! This year, I decided to sign up for the goodreads challenge. Basically, you pick how many books you are going to try and read in 2012, and goodreads will keep track of it. Most people seem to have goals anywhere from 12 books to 50. But not me. I figured since I am currently unemployed, I should set a lofty goal of 100 books in 2012. Or about two books a week, this whole year. I have finally made it through the first 1/3 of the books for this challenge. According to goodreads I am ahead of where I need to be to finish my goal, but my inburgering is going to start soon and in September, I have every intention of going back to college. I think I should step it up this summer!
When one is trying to read approximately two books every week, you get some crap thrown into the pile to keep up the quota. That being said, I have read some decent titles this year. Here are some of the gems of the 35, I have read so far.
Harry Potter 1-7, plus The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J.K Rowling
- Of course, I read each of these when they first came out, and 4-7 again before their respective movies, but I had never read all of them back to back. It was a good experience and I HIGHLY recommend it!
The Giver, by Lois Lowery
- Number the Stars was required reading in school. But, I had never read The Giver, which was my friend Sarah's favorite book when we were little. It was a fast read and it begged to question is Utopia ever really reachable or would we have to give up too much?
Persuasion, by Jane Austen
- You can't go wrong with Ms. Austen.
The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
- A mystery about a book, with a twist that I didn't expect. I was hooked!
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer
- This was a book club selection, that I wasn't looking forward to, but ended up really liking!
Clash of Kings, Book Two of A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin
- I started this book right after Game of Thrones, Book One of A Song of Ice and Fire, but after accidently seeing a spoiler, so I stopped until I could force myself to forget it. This whole series just pulls you in!
What was the last good book you read? Right now I am a 1/4 of the way through with Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.
This week I am linking up with fellow expat blogger Ellen from Company of Clever. Her blog title comes from one of the books listed above. Can you guess which one?
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