Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Halfway Point

Hard to believe we're half way through the year already. Thought I would post my half-year progress report re: books.

So... I'm kind of a little farther behind than I'd like. My big goal is to read 100 books a year. My little (acceptable, reasonable) goal is to read 75. I'm behind on both/either. What can I say? I've been distracted this year. Only 35 (and that's if I include the partial reads)

Here's the list so far.

This kind of makes me sad because I have been feeling like it's an "off" year for reading. Last year was so amazing, I read so many "Wow!!" books. This year... eh. I mean, definitely some good books in there, but there's no "Terror" yet. I'd better get moving if I want to reach 75.

Some favorites:

The Woman In Black: Scary!! Great writing, really atmospheric.

The Graveyard Book: It's growing on me. Although I still like Coraline better.

All the Charles de Lint: I just picked up a couple more at the library. I think he's my favorite author this year.

The Wood Wife: Okay, this one was pretty fantastic.

Anansi Boys: Pretty hard not to like Gaiman.

The Enchanted April: So charming. I want to be there RIGHT NOW.

Mother Night: Because, well, Vonnegut.

Sharp Objects: Creepy and disturbing. I loved, loved, loved it. (but not as much as The Terror)

So... got some serious legwork to do here. I need some big bangs, some real winners. I need to schedule a week where all I do is read, is what I need.

Any favorites I NEED to read in the next 6 months? I need to make a list.


Tammie said...

i highly suggest you work in a few graphic novels. they are a quick read without making you feel like youre reading garbage. the Persepolis books are a good start.

Stefanie said...

35 is a good number. that's more than a book a week so far, nothing to sniff at if you ask me :)

Nymeth said...

I ordered The Enchanted April today! Can't wait to read it. I hope you find this year's The Terror soon.

Daphne said...

Tammie: that's a good idea. I would very much like to read Persepolis and also the Sandman series.

Stefanie: that's a good way to look at it!

Ana: Yay! I can't wait to read your review!