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Just tying up some year-end loose ends over the next couple of days. First up, finishing my second resolution for this year, I only read 47 books this year, 9 of which were 2012 Debut Authors. If you don't recall, the goal was to read 12 debut books, so I'm 3 off my mark. I also mentioned wanting to read Gone with the Wind in 2012, which--looking at the list below--did not happen. Womp, womp.

2012 Final Book List

(*bold denotes a 2012 Debut Novel)

1. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
2. The Prestige by Christopher Priest
3. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (based on a story idea by Siobhan Dowd)
5. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
7. The Hidden by Jessica Verday
8. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9. The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Legend by Marie Lu
11. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
12. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
13. Bunheads by Sophie Flack
14. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
15. The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
16. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
17. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
18. Tempest by Julie Cross
19. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
20. Pure by Julianna Baggott
21. Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
22. Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
23. The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
24. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
25. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
26. The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge
27. Fever by Lauren DeStefano
28. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
29. Death in the Haymarket by James Green
30. Masque of the Red Death Bethany Griffin
31. Timeless by Gail Carriger
32. Timepiece by Myra McEntire
33. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
34. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
35. The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting
36. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
37. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
38. The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell
39. The Selection by Keira Cass
40. The Diviners by Libba Bray
41. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
42. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
43. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
44. The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
45. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
46. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
47. The Calculating Passion of Ada Byron by Joan Baum


Second, a television year-end meme:
End of Year Television Meme )
xerinmichellex: (Books)
I only had success with one resolution last year: my third, in which I promised to read 61 books, 11 of which counted for the 2011 Debut Challenge. In the end, I read 122 books, 30 counted as 2011 debuts. Here's the complete list:

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I read a lot of great things last year...and not so great things. There were books that wowed me, and books that should've wowed me but left me underwhelmed. When funds ran low, I rediscovered the library and now at any given time there's three books on my desk waiting to be read. I stepped outside my favorite genres and authors and entered new worlds and met some incredible--and unforgettable--characters. I checked The Book Smugglers daily to find new books to read.

I read a Stephen King novel for the first time, as well as Neil Gaiman. (Two books for Gaiman!) I finally read Jane Eyre. Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan Trilogy ended this year, but I started other series to fill the gap. I found and loved and raved about Patrick Ness's Walking Chaos Trilogy. I've added Connie Willis and Rick Yancey's Monstrumologist series as MUST BUYS! (I can't believe I have to wait another year for the next Monstrumologist novel. Quick, Doctor, come pick me up in your TARDIS!) Markus Zusak's The Book Thief made me cry; I laughed my way through Bite Me by Christopher Moore. Then again, I can always count on Moore to make me laugh. Entwined by Heather Dixon made me swoon and believe that romance in YA doesn't have to be insta-love, that slow burning love is the best. Because of the 2011 Debut Author Series I supported first time novelist, as well as found many, many new authors to get excited about.

So, books of 2012, you have a lot of work to do.
xerinmichellex: (Books)
Saw this on the Absolute Write forum and thought it'd be fun. (Clearly I am also looking for and finding all sorts of things to procrastinate with. Clearly.)

“The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.”

Instructions:
•Copy this list.
•Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
•Italicise the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

The List )

So...17 books on this list. However, many are on my "to-read" list. I just need to find the time to read them.

(An aside: I'm officially half-way through my reading challenge. I might actually read 100 books this year.)

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