Booking Through Thursday: Best of 2011

Happy New Year, and happy eighth day of Christmas. This post will rapidly be knocked down on the front page, but I didn’t want to miss saying that.

What were your favorite books of 2011?

For me, 2011 was a very good year in terms of books. I joined Goodreads, so keeping track of my reading was much easier and more social. I even picked up a Goodreads friend (who’s not someone I know otherwise) at the very end of the year. I was recruited by Austin Catholic New Media to write (book) reviews, which gave me a reason to read more and faster: both good things.

When I joined Goodreads, I challenged myself to read 20 books in (the rest of) 2011. Altogether, I read 32! I finished 29 new books and re-read 3.

  • Bumped was an incredible book. It was perfect because, although I didn’t agree with everything in it, it made me think. (ACNM review and additional material here at LL)
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz was remarkable as well. I was surprised I hadn’t heard more about it. My sci-fi side needed a stretch, I suppose. (ACNM review)
  • How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul was also really great, although it wasn’t quite what I need in my life right now. (ACNM review)

I’m excited for the books 2012 will bring. This year’s goal is 40 books: 26 for ACNM and the rest just for me. Two of those will be the rest of the Hunger Games trilogy, one will be a theology book I bought several months ago, one will be the second-to-last Alice book, and I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel to Bumped, Thumped. Good times ahead.

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