Saturday, 29 December 2012

2012: how did it go?

This time last year I cracked my head trying to find some reading goals and now, a year later, they should all be completed. Or not?
  • Read 50 or more books. Success! I rounded 50 some time in November and am currently at 64 books. I have a long list of books you should read, see below.
  • Complete Line's 1001 books 2012 challenge.  A lot of heavy books on that list! Another great success! Read all 11 (12 if you count that I had already read Beloved previously). Many were great, but some like the Hunchback of Notre Dame I loathed.
  • Read something by Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and start on the books about Sherlock Holmes. Another yes! Read Pride and Prejudice and really enjoyed it, Mrs Dalloway was difficult and read the first two Sherlock before I got tired of him. 
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books. Two and a half. The biographies (Wild and We Bought a Zoo) were good reads, but then I really struggle with a history of the Crusaders. Will try again next year.
  • Read more Nobel Prize winners and continue on the 1001 books lists (read 6% until now). Life long goals. Up to 9% on all the four 1001 books lists. I also read John Steinbeck and John Galsworthy so that means two new Nobel Prize winners.
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books. 27 countries so far. 37 now (if I counted correctly) so 10 new countries.
  • Own no more than 500 unread books, the number of unread books is currently 428. Which also means buying less books. Hahahahaha. Current number of unread books is 566. Which means that I have books to read for the next 10 years, still I buy new ones. 
Almost there, at least. Better luck next year.

My goals for next year are as following:
  • Read more than 50 books
  • Complete Line's 1001 books 2013 challenge
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books
  • Read something by Henry James, Selma Lagerlöf, Thomas Hardy, Knut Hamsun, Henry Green, Sigrid Undset and Nancy Mitford
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (37 so far)
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (9%) and Nobel Prize winners
  • Own more than 1000 books (no more holding back! current number is 939 (I spent a lot of money I got for Christmas on books, there are about 30 coming my way right now)
And finally: Books I read in 2012 which you should read

  • The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
  • You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik (2011)
  • We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen (2006)
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1838)
  • A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1887)
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (2008-2010) 
  • Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (1932)
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter (2010)
  • the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1999)
  • Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant (1885)
  • Woman at Point Zero by Nawal el Saadawi (1975)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
  • the Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1868)
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: a Wicked Bestiary by David Sedaris (2010)
  • Wife of Gods by Kwei Quartey (2009)
  • Big Sur by Jack Kerouac (1962)
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
  • the Country Girls trilogy by Edna O'Brien (1960-1962)
  • the Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992)
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed (2011)
  • the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
  • the Latin America trilogy by Louis de Bernières (1990-1992)
  • the Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis (1987)
  • the Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (1984)
  • the Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (1906-1921)
  • the Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah (2007)
  • the Crow Road by Iain Banks (1992)
  • the Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling (2012)
  • Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver (2012)
  • the Last of the Vostyachs by Diego Marani (2002)
  • the Monk by M.G Lewis (1796)
Woha! I hope 2013 will be as exciting when it comes to book reading and book buying as 2012 was. Happy new year everyone! 

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