Book Lists, Challenges and New Year’s Resolutions
Looking back over 2011, which was a good year for books! I had a few reading challenges which all went fairly well and managed to read over 100 books during the course of the year. I think during that time two things have become apparent for me. Firstly, I think my favourite type of book to read definitely falls into fantasy/adventure and secondly, I realised how much fun it is to join a few group read alongs. I also found quite a few really good and interesting blogs where I have picked up some really good advice and sound recommendations for books to read. So, thanks to all those lovely book bloggers out there for that.
I’ve looked back over the books I’ve read and wanted to choose my top 10. It wasn’t easy but these are my choices for 2011 in no particular order:
- Desert Spear by Peter Brett – I love this series and can’t wait for No.3 to come out.
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman – can’t believe I didn’t read this sooner. It’s a brilliant book
- The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – enough said! Brilliant book, I think I liked it even more than The Name of the Wind
- Bloodstone by Gillian Philips – Firebrand was one of my favourite books of 2010. I love GP’s sithe and Bloodstone was very dark and brooding (and who am I kidding – I love Seth McGregor, he is ‘the man’!)
- Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – I love the world that this author has created, The Lies of Locke Lamora was an amazing book to start the series and Red Seas Under Red Skies returned Jean and Locke to us with further adventures on the high seas.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – what a brilliant story teller. I was totally immersed in this world, the descriptions and the creatures are amazing.
- Ashes by Ilsa J Bick – this is a fantastic novel, totally gripping and horrifying.
- A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin – finally started the series off – absolutely brilliant, can’t wait to read No.2
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – I love this book and wish there were more so I could return to this world again!
- Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – dark and twisted but frankly unputtdownable!
That was so difficult. I want more on my list but I want to stick to 10!
I think I should mention the series that I’ve enjoyed reading this year as well:
- Patricia Briggs – Mercedes Thompson books – just love this series
- Jim Butcher’s – Dresden Files – found Harry Dresden and intend to keep reading his series
- Rachel Caine’s – Morganville Vampires, still loving this series, especially Myrnin!
- Gail Carriger’s – Parasol Protectorate, brilliant, original, witty
- Sookie Stackhouse – True Blook novels – good fun! (if you can call vampires, werewolves and fey – fun!)
- Melissa Marr – finished the Wicked Lovely series and really enjoyed it.
- Holly Black – curse workers – love this series, can’t wait for No.3
- Michael Grant – The Fayz – Plague was the best so far!
So, in 2012 I’m hoping to read some more Sci Fi – I’m going to join in with a Sci Fi Vintage reading month which is being hosted by The Little Red Reviewer and also reading some other sci fi for the 2012 Science Fiction Experience being hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings.
Also, going to continue with my 100 book challenge over at Book Chick City and will probably still take part in the British Book Challenge and 2012 Debut challenge hosted by The Story Siren.
On a personal note – I will eat more healthily (repeat 100 times) and I will exercise (repeat 100 times!). Starting with my healthy challenges I have decided to abstain from alcohol for the month of January! The gauntlet is down. Don’t get the wrong idea – I wouldn’t say I have a drinking problem, just think it’s a good idea to have a bit of a clean out after the indulgence of Christmas!
Hope everyone has a great 2012.