Thursday, December 29, 2011

reading rainbow: 2011 wrap-up

I've always been a voracious reader. Anyone who knows me in real life, or follows me on Twitter knows this fact. I was the little girl who, in elementary school, would read books for fun and then write reports about them. I'd place them into a binder and when one was assigned in school, I'd just thumb through to find the one I wanted to submit. See? Total book nerd. And now that I have a Kindle Fire, I'm reading faster than ever. And another bonus? I no longer am mocked for carrying 1000+ page books in my bag wherever I go.

I've read 62 books this year, and am in the middle of the 63rd. I'm hoping I can get it finished by the end of the year. If not, I'd say that 62 is beyond respectable (and beats my 2008 record, which was 58!). I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites from this year:

Sister by Rosamund Lipton
The conversational tone of the writing was intriguing to me. It's told in letter/diary format from one sister to another. Bee is convinced that her sister, Tess, did not commit suicide. The story that follows is a crime drama that's not entirely typical -- which is right up my alley. 

Bossypants by Tina Fey
If you can read this book without laughing out loud then you're not the kind of person I'm going to get along wish. Seriously, Tina Fey is brilliant and witty. My love for her was solidified during the episode of 30 Rock where she sings "working on my night cheese.." in a Snuggie. This is my future. But yeah,  read this book if you haven't already done so.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
This book broke my heart about a million times. It's a really beautiful, heartbreaking story told from the perspective of a woman who is diagnosed with Alzheimers. It absolutely hit a raw nerve in me, as my nanny suffered from dementia towards the end of her life. If you're looking for something light and fluffy, this is not the book for you. Be prepared to cry (unless you have no soul). 

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanna Collins
Okay, these books aren't the BEST in terms of the quality of writing. But they're fun, quick reads that keep you entertained. Katniss is pretty bad ass and not at all whiny and annoying like Bella from Twilight (yes, I've read all of those too. Twice). I want all of my friends to read it so that we can debate over GALE vs. PEETA. 

For the record, it's Peeta FOREVA. 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
This is the first in a series that was written by Gabaldon. While some of them are more interesting than others, this is my favorite of them all. It's a sweeping, romantic saga that, at some points, is downright pornographic. Although, I think I've seen it described on goodreads as a "bodice ripper". Give it a read, it's long (they all are. some painfully so), but definitely enjoyable.

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