Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2011 Summary - A Good Year :)

January -
1.  Sapphique by Catherine Fisher (5/5)
2.  Humorous Stories and Sketches by Mark Twain (4/5)
3.  Morgan the Jersey Spy by James Otis (1/5)
4.  The Kreutzer Sonata and other stories by Leo Tolstoy (4/5)
5.  The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby (4/5)
6.  Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (4/5)
7.  The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry (5/5)
8.  Fair is the Rose by Liz Curtis Higgs (2/5)

February -
9.  The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (4/5)
10.  Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (2/5)
11.  Timeless by Alexandra Monir (4/5)
12.  Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa M. Klein (4/5)
13.  Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (3/5)
14.  Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw (4/5)
15.  Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (5/5)
16.  Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck (4/5)
17.  The Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker (4/5)
18.  The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson (4/5)

March -
19.  The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (4/5)
20.  Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy (4/5)
21.  Exile by Anne Osterlund (5/5)
22.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (5/5)
23.  A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn (4/5)
24.  The Pale Assassin by Patricia Elliott (3/5)
25.  The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (5/5)
26.  Cloaked by Alex Flinn (4/5)
27.  I'll Take My Stand by Twelve Southerners (2/5)
28.  My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison (5/5)
29.  The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (5/5)

April -
30.  Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (5/5)
31.  Delirium by Lauren Oliver (5/5)
32.  Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (3/5)
33.  The Pearl by John Steinbeck (4/5)
34.  The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen (2/5)
35.  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (5/5)
36.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (4/5)
37.  Steel by Carrie Vaughn (3/5)
38.  My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison (5/5)
39.  Entwined by Heather Dixon (5/5)
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (4/5)

May -
41.  Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren (4/5)
42.  The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (5/5)
43.  The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberley (4/5)
44.  Dark Life by Kat Falls (4/5)
45.  A Dangerous Mourning by Anne Perry (5/5)
46.  A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (4/5)
47.  Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund (5/5)

June -
48.  Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke (5/5)
49.  School's Out - Forever by James Patterson (4/5)
50.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (5/5)

July -
51.  Defend and Betray by Anne Perry (5/5)
52.  Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (5/5)
53.  Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck (4/5)
54.  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson (4/5)
55.  I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (5/5)
56.  The Pirate Captain's Daughter by Eve Bunting (2/5)

August -
57.  Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (3/5)
58.  Rip Tide by Kat Falls (4/5)
59.  Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren (5/5)
60.  The Final Warning by James Patterson (3/5)
61.  The Queen's Daughter by Susan Coventry (5/5)
62.  Dormia by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski (4/5)
63.  Max by James Patterson (4/5)
64.  Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen (4/5)

September -
65.  Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson (5/5)
66.  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (4/5)
67.  The Dragon's Tooth by N. D. Wilson (5/5)
68.  Fang by James Patterson (4/5)
69.  (Review coming soon!)  Angel by James Patterson (4/5)
70.  Matched by Ally Condie (4/5)
71.  Wildwood by Collin Meloy (3/5)
72.  (Review coming soon!)  The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore (5/5)

October -
73.  (Review coming soon!)  Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren (5/5)
74.  The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (2/5)
75.  The Dark City by Catherine Fisher (4/5)
76.  Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (2/5)
77.  Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (2/5)
78.  (Review coming soon!)  The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (5/5)
79.  (Review coming soon!)  Enclave by Anne Aguire (4/5)
80.  (Review coming soon!)  This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (4/5)
81.  The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper (3/5)

November -
82.  (Review coming soon!)  The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (5/5)
83.  (Review coming soon!)  Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (4/5)
84.  Rebecca by Daphe du Maurier  (5/5)
85.  The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher (3/5)
86.  Ring of Fire by Pierdomenico Baccalario (2/5)
87.  Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by J. K. Rowling  (5/5)
88.  (Review coming soon!)  The Hangman in the Mirror by Kate Cayley (5/5)

December -
89.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (5/5)
90.  (Review coming soon!)  Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N. D. Wilson (5/5)
91.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (5/5)
92.  Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder (4/5)
93.  (Review coming soon!)  Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck (4/5)
94.  (Review coming soon!)  Eve by Anna Carey (4/5)
95.  The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan (5/5)  (re-read)
96.  Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (5/5)  (re-read)

Books I DNFed -
Around the World in 80 Days
Agnes Gray
Are You Going to Kiss Me Now?
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

This year...I have read a lot.  96 books and that was with comfort.  I'm shocked, as last year I only read 69.  At first I thought I should set my goal for 2012 to a high number to being with, but you never know what might happen...

But this is besides the point.  I've looooved this year's list.  So many favorites have risen from the pile I read this year.  And there were those bad eggs mixed in with the good, but we don't need to dwell on those.  They're in the past.

As a blogger, I feel like I've grown tremendously.  I constantly ask myself (almost every time I sit down to write a review), "What will make this review great?  What will make it stand out among the others?  What can I do to better my reviews?"  It's a constant learning process and I love every minute of it.  I have gained more followers than I'd ever expected (but totally hoped for - thanks everyone!!) as well as Facebook, Twitter, Feedburner, etc., followers.  You guys are the bomb for reading and commenting and sharing!!

As I enter the new year, there will be old and new:
1.  The new Review look will continue, and it might morph some more over time.
2.  I'm going to try to host a giveaway hop and am currently working out the details.
3.  I will post many more Author Interviews as a way to promote authors and their books.
4.  My goal is to read 70 books, but I'm sure I will up that as time goes on.
5.  I now have a Nook (yay!) so my Review Policy will be updated soon.
6.  I'm hoping to do fun themes with A Compilation of Inspirations.
7.  I have recently added 1-5 star categories so you can easily navigate through books I loved - and books I hated.
8.  I am going to try to re-read a ton of books this year; some I haven't reviewed, some I have.
9.  I want to read at least 8 classics this year in an attempt to further my work on the literature curriculum I'm writing.
10.  I want to bring more books to more people and spread the news about the great authors out there!!

So, I suppose that is my New Year's Resolution for my blog.  Or, something like it.  Some aren't resolutions, but...well, I'm blabbering now.  I'll stop.  ;)

In any case, I'm glad to be a part of this community of book bloggers, being able to read and learn from blogs such as Small Review, A Work of Fiction, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, Book Briefs, Miss Page Turner's City of Books, Reading Vacation, Pure Imagination, Muggle-Born Books, Book Rat, and many many more!!  It is such a fun hobby and passion and pastime and something I'm constantly looking forward to, now matter what is going on.

So, happy NEW YEAR!!! (Belatedly, sorry about that.)  I hope your New Year is full of wonderful books!! :D

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