Thursday, November 10, 2011

The 2011 Reading Year is Almost Over

Much to my shock and amazement, 2011 is coming to an end. I know we still have about seven weeks left, but I was realizing last night just what a terrible reading year this has been.

I had one major reading resolution, this challenge swap I did with Hannah where we each picked books we wanted to read and wanted each other to read. I haven't read a single one. I will probably manage to get a few in before the end of the year, but wow. I haven't read many, if any, topping the year's end best of lists, and I'm behind on my one readalong already. I don't exactly know what happened this year, but I think it's because I was so burned after last year that my brain just shut down. Every time I picked up a book to read it because I had made a commitment to I couldn't concentrate. So ridiculous and disheartening to be honest.

That doesn't mean it was all bad though, the books I have read have been wonderful for the most part. You Are My Only by Beth Kephart was pure brilliance, The First Husband by Laura Dave was so fun and full of heart, Night Road by Kristin Hannah made me cryyyy, and I loved the language and artistry of You Know When the Are Gone. Even Canticle for Liebowitz, a difficult read that was hard to get through, I'm glad I read, because I think of it often.

I hope to read some more great books before the end of the year, but mostly I hope 2012 is something new for me in my reading life.

I suppose it's all part of evolving as a reader. I've been hard core book blogging for a few years and this was a bit of an off year. When you can't easily read because you're distracted by something else or stories aren't engaging you, the ones that do take on special significance as does the way you allocate your time. It doesn't matter I hope next year is better!

How has your 2011 reading gone?


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