I have definitely read my 52 books in 52 weeks this year. (Although I didn't do a very good job of keeping up with posting them every week.) I find myself reading more and more books for review now and fewer books that I chose. There have been some really good free Kindle reads, however. Here are some of the highs and lows of my reading year.
1) How many books did you read this year? 131 This doesn't count books I've read out loud to the kids.
2) Did you meet or beat your own personal goal? Well, I didn't really set a goal. I really read for fun. I didn't read as much nonfiction as I had hoped.
3) Favorite book of 2012? (You can list more than one or break it down by genre) Favorite fiction: Robin, Lady of Legend; Christian non-fiction-As One Devil to Another; Young Adult Fiction- Code Name:Verity; Christian Fiction: Through Rushing Water; Favorite New to Me Fiction Author: Barbara Samuels
4) Least favorite book of 2012 and why? The River by Michael Neale. This was supposed to be a spiritual awakening/allegory sort of book. I thought it was just really unrealistic, unbelievable, and meaningless.
5) One book you thought you'd never read and was pleasantly surprised you like it? Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond. When I began reading it, I thought it was rather slow, and I almost gave it up thinking I wouldn't like it. But as I kept reading, I began to really enjoy the characters and the story and this ended up being one of my most favorite books.
6) One book you thought you'd love but didn't? The Lovely Bones by Alice Seibold. I've heard so much about this book. I thought I would like it. But, I thought it was really dark( which I expected) and there just wasn't much to make me like it.
7) One book that touched you - made you laugh, cry, sing or dance. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein touched me greatly. I finished the book sobbing in my bed. This was also one of my very favorite reads this year. On the nonfiction front, 7 by Jen Hatmaker convicted me and made me think. I've been encouraged and inspired by Jen's blog since then.
8) Any new to you authors discovered and you can't wait to read more of their stories? I discovered Barbara Samuels, a fiction author, and read The Sleeping Night and In the Midnight Rain. I also really enjoyed a review book- Mortal Fire and can't wait to read anything else by the author C.F. Dunn.
9) Name the longest book you read? Shortest? It is difficult to judge the length of a book on my Kindle. I can remember being so surprised when I finally saw some of the Outlander books in print. They were HUGE. I do think the shortest was probably the novella by Diana Gabaldon- A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows Eve.
10) Name the most unputdownable book you read? I have had many- some I've already mentioned as favorites- but two others that were from a new review company: Mortal Fire by C.F. Dunn and The Hunted Hare by Faye Sampson. Both of these were page turners I didn't want to slow down reading, but I hated to come to the end.
11) Book that had the greatest impact on you this year? I can think of two: 7 by Jen Hatmaker and Family Driven Faith by Vodie Bauchman. Both of these caused me to think and to be convicted.
12) What book would you recommend everybody read? There are too many to name. I suppose if I want to be really spiritual, I would recommend the two from the previous question. But the truth is, I enjoy all genres, and any of those I've listed as favorites, I could recommend.
13) Share your most favorite cover(s) The Hunted Hare by Faye Sampson. It is very unusual, but it drew me to the book.
14) Do you have a character you fell in love with? The female Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Lady of Legend. This was such a different take on one of my favorite stories, and I thought it was so well done. I loved Robin!
15) What was your most favorite part of the challenge? Did you do any of the mini challenges? My favorite part is really just reading. I love any and all kinds of stories. I didn't do any of the many challenges. I actually find myself reading so many books for review these days that I have a hard time adding anything else to my to be read list.
What are your goals for the new year? To read more non fiction? To dip your toes into a mystery or a urban fantasy? What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2013? I really would like to visit/revisit some of the classics. Year before last I took the Weekly Geeks challenge to read from different decades, and I really enjoyed some new to me classic reads. I need to do that again.
Below are some of my very favorites: (I am an Amazon affiliate and purchasing from the below links may result in compensation for me. I do really recommend them, however. :-) )