2011 in review…and looking forward to 2012

First of all, happy new year! Second, I can’t believe it has been more than 8 months since I started my blog… seems so much longer, in a way!

Since I didn’t get very much reading done over the holidays, I thought I would write my first post in 2012 as a bit of a retrospective of 2011. This is the first year that in a very long time I have let myself indulge so fully in teen fiction, science fiction/fantasy, and pretty much anything I felt like reading about. It was freakin awesome! I even managed to squeeze some adult trade fiction, a few classics, and even fewer non-fiction books into the lineup.

Here is what goodreads tells me: I read 92 books this year (I didn’t write about all of them on my blog, though – some weren’t worth it and many others were re-reads). I set a goal of 75 books, so I met that goal, but secretly in my head I wanted to read 100 books… didn’t quite make it. Drat! Goodreads stats tell me that those 92 books equate to 30 162 pages. Whooee! That sounds impressive, but probably if I’d read 92 adult books the page count would have been higher… teen books tend to be rather shorter, it seems. 🙂

chart of books read in 2011

It has been a very successful year on the reading front: I’ve discovered many fabulous authors I’d never heard of before, some of whom published their first books in 2011 and some who first published long before I was born. I don’t think I can choose a favourite for the year, because I loved so many books I read this year! I will say, it’s a toss-up between three for favourite character discovered in 2011: Katniss (Hunger Games), Katsa (Graceling), and Tiffany Aching (The Wee Free Men) are all amazing.

For the coming year, I have dropped my goal down to 50 books. Lots will be happening and I am guessing that I’ll have less time for reading. But I wanted to set a goal to help keep me reading.

I started this blog to document books I read and hikes I did while living on Vancouver Island, since my husband and I moved here in January of 2011. I wanted to keep track of what I was reading and what I thought about each book, since I find that I don’t always remember books a few years after I’ve read them (frustrating). We are moving away from Vancouver Island this month, back to our hometown, and in spite of that I fully intend to keep things rolling here – I want to keep this record of what I’ve read and what I thought about each book. Stay tuned!

HELLO, 2012!