2012; A Reading Year in Review

autosave2012 has been a fascinating reading year; my reading habits have changed and my tastes evolved. I have climbed outside my reading comfort zone and discovered favourite books thanks to it. I have read new books because of television shows and loved them, because of films and hated them.1

54; the number of books I have read in 2012. I set myself a goal at the end of 2011 to read 50 books; two more than the 48 I had read then. As of today I have read six more books than last year and four more than target. I could have read a lot more, had my momentum not faltered at the end of November.

23; the number of 5 star books I have read this year. Some of these include; Bossypants, The Paris Wife, The Sun Also Rises, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Ender’s Game, Cloud Atlas, Parade’s End, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and How to be a Woman.

3; the number of books I couldn’t finish; The Hobbit, Dune and Interview With a Vampire.

9th September 2012; the date I finished reading the Parade’s End trilogy, now the best books I have ever read. Written by Ford Maddox Ford in the 20s, Parade’s End courses over nine years of the life of Christopher and Sylvia Tietjens and Valentine Wannop. Loves are lost, changed and gained all along side the backdrop of the first world war; you’ll never read anything better.

60; the number of books I have challenged myself to read next year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; I look forward to reading with you all again in 2013.

  1. Parade’s End and Interview with a Vampire respectively. []

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The TV shows versus films makes a lot of sense – films are far too often so different whereas TV allows more time. Comfort zone breaking is amazing, isn’t it? Those books that are awesome that you don’t know about unless you take the risk. You’ve had a good year, and happy new year!

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Awesome post to round up the year. I have yet to read a thousand splendid suns but I loved the kite runner. I’ll definitely be checking out the other books that you’ve mentioned above. The titles are intriguing. I did enjoy interview with the vampire and felt that the book was better than the movie. To more new books waiting be discovered in this new year! All the best with reaching 60. :)

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