Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Top 10 Books I read in 2012

The year is coming to a close and I am thisclose to finishing my goal of 100 books (I have 1/4 of a book left and one day to finish it).   A number of the books I read this year were pretty hefty, meaning over 1000 pages!  Most of those were from George R. R. Martin and his Game of Thrones series.  In total, I read 100 books for about 41,000 pages.  Of those 100 books here are my ten favorite ones:

10.  Legend by Marie Lu

9.  The Mark of Athena (book 3 in The Hero's of Olympus series) by Rick Riordan

8.  The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

7.  The Invaders (book 2 in The Brotherband Chronicles) by John Flanagan

6.  Insurgent (book 2 in the Divergent series) by Veronica Roth

5.  Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

4.  The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

3.  The Shadow series by Orson Scott Card

2.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

and finally...

1. My Antonia by Willa Cather

Honorable Mention goes to: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss ( I am about 75% done with this and have loved it.  I didn't want to include it on the list though if it bombs at the end.  I have been burned before on endings.)

I loved each of these books for different reasons.  I believe that each person has a very specific taste in literature so I know that my type of book may not be another person's preference.  However, each of these authors are excellent writers.  I adore how they are able to bring their characters to life.  How they are able to describe something so well that I can actually envision it in my head.  I encourage you to check these books out on Goodreads or Amazon and see if they might be something that you would be interested in.  I would write a description about each one but I don't feel that I would do the books justice.  Because I read so much I do know how terrible am I at writing.  I wouldn't want my deficiency to keep someone from trying out any of these books!

My reading goal in 2013 is going to be much smaller.  I have made some ambitious running goals for the year and I know that I will have to give some things up to accomplish those goals.  So, instead of attempting to 2-3 books a week I am cutting it down to one.  My 2013 reading goal is to read 52 books.  Hopefully I will be able to read more but we will just have to see how the year plays out.  Happy Reading my friends!