I've been setting a pretty low book count with regards to my reading challenges because of time constraints. This year, I vowed to read at least 10 books -- and I'm so glad I did it, and more.
There were a bunch of recurring authors, specifically John Green and David Levithan. Well, John Green is always a staple in my reading choices so that comes with no surprise. But, Levithan -- I was so glad that I decided to pick up one of his books. "Everyday" broke me in all these unexpected places. Definitely trying out more of his works next year. As for Sara Craven, that was merely a random pick. I liked the first book I read, so I decided to pick up another. Besides, these books were just a few pages away so I finished fast. There were also revelations like Lang Leav's Love & Misadventure. I am so glad that poetry is not at all dead. :)) Also, one of the highlights of my reading experience this year is picking up Mario Puzo's The Godfather. It was a revelation in its own, and I was really surprised that I liked it so much because I am not really into this type of genre. This has been a pretty adventurous year! :3
The Books I've Read This Year
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer | The Forced Bride by Sara Craven | The Virgin's Wedding Night by Sara Craven | Everyday by David Levithan | The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan | Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan | Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan | Coraline by Neil Gaiman | It Had to Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel by Cecily von Ziegesar | Sabriel by Garth Nix | 5 Centimeters per Second by Makoto Shinkai | The Fault in Our Stars by John Green | The Godfather by Mario Puzo
You can click the link for a review-of-sorts of the books. Most of these, I've read after October. Why it turns out I've been too lazy writing reviews and got really busy catching up. Haha. Pardon me, but I hope I could finish filling up the gaps at least this January if my schedule permits me to do so.
Based on my stats, I've read a total of 4,187 pages this year. Yey. It was a far cry from 2012, because of the gigantic books from the ASOIAF series... but it was fulfilling all the same. There's this certain thrill of knowing you completed something. Now I know why it's really important to put goals in everything you do - it pushes you.
I figured I should post a Top Pick of sorts, so here goes:
5 Books That Made My Year
(in particular order)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Everyday by David Levithan
5 Centimeters per Second by Makoto Shinkai
The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
I definitely missed reading Haruki Murakami this year, and George R.R. Martin's absence in my system is pretty noticeable. I would be doing some re-reads especially when the Game of Thrones Season 4 is coming this May 2014.
Well this has been fun. :3
I'll probably post a wish list of the books that I wanna read this 2014 in the coming days so watch out.
In the mean time, HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!