Like Quarter 3 of 2011, I read 34 books (although it only amounted to 9,329 pages instead of 10,867 like it did July – September).
All in all, that put my totals for 2011 at 156 books with a total of 48,873 pages read. Not bad, even if it’s the least number of books I’ve read since 2008.
Last year I didn’t set a goal for how many books to read and I’m not this year either, since I find that it makes me more likely to read short, pointless novels just for the sake of my numbers and also to not give up on books I am finding absolutely not worth finishing.
Anyway, with all that out of the way, here’s what I read in October, November, and December:
I feel like I’m all talked out about this book.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I listened to this one and really found it interesting. But, apparently not interesting enough to review. I amaze myself sometimes.
I liked this one significantly upon a re-read.
And I liked this one a lot MORE on a re-read.
Bart finished this over Christmas break and loved it. Win for me! Anxiously awaiting the next book.
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
This book had a great title and cover. But the book itself did very little for me.
- The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Not as good as her first book, The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, but still really excellent.
- Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Usually I can race right through a book written in verse. Not so in this case. Took me ages.
- Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
I have been meaning to read this book for ages, but I just never got around to it. It’s kind of just the most horrible thing to read ever because it’s all SO AWFUL. I weep for people who live lives like this.
- The Shadows by Jacqueline West
This series is ridiculously popular, but I had the worst time getting through it. Just a very slow listen for me and I couldn’t keep a lot of it straight (yes, I am now apparently too dumb for middle grade books).
- A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss and Football in Dillon, Texas by Leah Wilson
If you are a Friday Night Lights fan, this book is for you. I loved nearly every essay and I REALLY loved all the little “Why We Love . . . ” things about each character.
I liked this even more the second time, when I listened to the audio version. It was fantastically narrated. Plus, afterward, we went and saw the movie, which was also excellent.
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Hmmm, I know people LOVE this book and I enjoyed parts of it, but. . .yeah, I wouldn’t recommend it. Also I can’t bear to watch the movie because it involves Robert Pattinson.
- Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Another re-read (I can’t believe how many I had this quarter!) and I liked it significantly less this time. Maybe because now that I have a child, I have a harder time buying the “I’m seventeen and keeping my baby and all will be perfect, la-la-la” bit.
- The Rivals by Daisy Whitney
Significantly better than the first book. I mean, it’s still not a top book for me, but . . .it was a big improvement.
- The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
This won the Newbery back a million years ago and . . . it is not like books that win the Newbery now. But I read it because it was short (I still didn’t quite reach my goal of six Newbery books in 2011).
Depressing and literary (which, frankly, usually means depressing, so that might be two adjectives to tell you one thing).
- Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
This was more of what I expect from a Newbery.
- Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer
I’ve loved some of her other books, but this one was really dumb.
- Flesh and Blood So Cheap: the Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin
GREAT non-fiction. I loved this book.
- 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My life by John Kralik
Read this for book club and it was, tragically, the book I liked least of the 12 we read, I think.
Really a great little book.
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Glad to have finally read this. Also, Tom Sawyer makes me insane.
- Shelter by Harlan Coben
A fun little teen mystery. I’d forgotten how much I liked this one until just now. Definitely worth reading if you want something fun and quick.
- Barn Boot Blues by Catherine Friend
A great middle-grade read. I wish I’d had this one to pass out at my elementary schools.
I seriously cannot stop telling people about this book. Excellent non-fiction.
- Playground by 50 Cent
I. . . kind of can’t believe I read a book by 50 cent.
- Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King
I wouldn’t recommend it, exactly, but I enjoyed it.
- Sounder by William H. Armstrong
I felt like a heathen for disliking this book, but this book did nothing for me.
- Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
Sweet, but ultimately unmemorable. Kind of too much going on, I thought (poverty, Alzheimers, ghosts, teen relationships, car accidents, etc).
- Dead End in Norvel by Jack Gantos
People said this was like The Wednesday Wars. They lied.
- Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt
This book was ridiculously dumb.
I loved this book (although that doesn’t mean I agree with all her parenting choices, of course). I just loved reading it.
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Some parts were awesome. Other parts were slow.