In December I read 9 books for a total of 2,874 pages and an average of 93 pages per day. Considering the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I’m very happy with what I managed to read.
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
First Sentence: Locke Lamora stood on the pier in Tal Verrar with the hot wind of a burning ship at his back and the cold bite fo a loaded crossbow’s bolt at his neck.
Greyglass by Tanith Lee
First Sentence: She lived in a vegetable house.
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
First Sentence: How is it possible to bring order our of memory?
Notable Quotes: “Every tomorrow ought not to resemble every yesterday.”
“You can live a lifetime and, and the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself.”
Challenge: A memoir
The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver
First Sentence: Riley Blackthorne rolled her eyes.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
First Sentence: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Notable Quote: “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
Challenge: A banned book
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
First Sentence: Languid, lovely, lonley; the swans arched their beautiful necks and turned to gaze at him as he stood rooted to the shore, his feet encased in mud.
The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels
First Sentence: Some adventures are so small, you hardly know they’ve happened.
Notable Quote: “Other adventures are so big and last so long, you might forget they are adventures at all – like growing up.”
The World of Ice and Fire by G.R.R.M.
First Sentence: It is said with truth that every building is constructed stone by stone, and the same may be said of knowledge, extracted and compiled by many learned men, each of whom builds upon the works of those who preceeded him.
Challenge: A book you started but never finished
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Various Authors
Year End Review:
I’m very happy with my numbers! I didn’t think I’d surpass my goal of 110 books, so I’m pleasantly surprised. I did not however, meet my goal of reading 40 books from my “dusty bookshelf” – I took up this challenge through a group on Goodreads (I forget which…the Book Vipers perhaps? I’m no longer a member) and I wanted to read at least 40 books that have been on my shelves for years. I only managed to tackle 27 – I was too focused on all the new books I was buying.
I managed to meet 39 of the 50 requirements of the Pop Sugar challenge I took on. To be honest, I really didn’t try very hard. Rather than look at an item on the list and finding a book to match it, I just matched up what I read each month to the list. I feel like that’s almost cheating, so I don’t think I’ll take on any more challenges like that right now. You can view the masterlist here.
Here’s what I didn’t knock off the list:
A classic romance
A book with antonyms in the title
A book with bad reviews (though really…every book ever written has at least one bad review)
A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
A book your mom loves
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
A book that was originally written in a different language (perhaps I met this one and just didn’t realize a book I’ve read was translated?)
A book set during Christmas
A book written by an author with your same initials
A book based on or turned into a TV show
Did you meet or surpass your reading goals this past year?