Booking Through Thursday -- December 27, 2012
What are/were your favorite book(s) of the year? Bonus points if you know how many books you read.
Well, since I participated in the 2012 Reading Challenge, I know how many books I read. My goal was 25 books and I completed 22 and am still working on 23. I may or may not get it finished by the end of the year. I did better this year than last year but I don't think I will be participating in any more challenges. I feel like the goal to finish a certain number of books sort of lessens the enjoyment of reading so my goal for the new year will be to read books I really enjoy, take the time to really enjoy them and write some nice reviews.
As far as my favorite books of the year are concerned, I have to say I enjoyed all the books I read. I really enjoyed getting into the "Aunt Dimity" series and plan to continue with the series this year. There are fifteen in the series and I am about half done, taking breaks between books to read other things.
I have to say that "The School of Essential Ingredients" was a favorite contemporary work. The setting drew me in immediately -- I love being able to visualize where/when a book is set. If the setting is well developed, I am caught.
I think my favorite "period" novel was "The Forgotten Garden". For me it was a page turner that I couldn't put down. I read it on my Nook and then bought a hard copy for my library. I had never read any of Kate Morton works but several other titles of hers are on my list for 2013.
I enjoyed "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters but it wasn't as scary as I was hoping. It was more sad than scary and when I read it I was in the mood for scary but it was still really good -- I am a big fan of Sarah Waters and hope to read more of her works in the new year.
So, yeah, that's about it!