Friday, January 6, 2012

Reading challenges of 2011.

As I look back on my reading in 2011., I can tell that most of what I was reading was for the sole purpose of relaxing and getting rid of stress, which is why I went through the whole HP series twice in the last year.

I am happy to say that I read more books in the last year than in the previous one but I think that is mostly due to the fact that I had to get through a bunch of them for my thesis so the number grew a bit. I believe I finished the year with 81 but it is possible I missed one or two on the way (it happens). :)

I don't believe I will be participating in any this year though. I do plan on writing about books and keeping a list. The only one I find interesting to join is 100 books in a year (which I doubt I will ever manage) but this year non-fiction isn't allowed so I'm skipping it (as I know I will read some non-fiction as well and if it doesn't count, no way am I getting near to what I read in 2011).

As I can tell from how well I did in my challenges, there is no point in participating in the Speculative fiction one, as that's the easiest for me to finish - each year before the summer, since it's mostly what I read.

It turns out I don't read so much Mystery and Suspense, I only managed 10 out of 12.

And I'm ashamed to say, it was my idea to ask for the Vampire Chronicles challenge which I didn't even begin. I've been wanting to read those books again for some time, but I guess it wasn't meant to be in 2011. Possibly this year...

I'll see where 2012. takes me reading-wise. I'm bound to enjoy again many, many books, some again, some for the first time.


  1. Oh Wow Ines, I only Dream of reading that many books in a year (as I've always said I need more than one lifetime to read all I would and fall in love with all I may) :) I'm most intrigued that you read the Vampire Chronicles in the past - me too! :) And I have such a sentimental attachment to that time in my life, neck-deep in those awesome tomes and characters ~ So if you do decide to revisit them, I may read alongside you - 'twould be bloody Awesome, my friend!

    Zanne :)

  2. A book a week would be considered plenty admirable... but TWO books a week is a Herculean labor of literary love! :) I usually have several going at once and jump back & forth between them at whim. That makes me just a wanderer of the written word... while you, in contrast, are a mountaineer!

  3. I read about 15 books a year. That is impressive, Ines!

  4. Zanne, ha, incredible, you read the Vampire Chronicles! :) Honestly, I don't know anyone else who read them and I was completely in love with those books.
    The mood is so strange and addictive.
    It would be fun to have a read-along. I do hope I get to read them this year. :)

  5. Thanks Olenska. :)
    Although I also never read only one book at a time, I just can't help it. I'm always reading 2 or 3 at the same time but last year I didn't finish only one book I started, so the list got a bit longer.
    I cannot not read - it's something I need to do to relax (I don't really watch TV). :)

  6. Joan, if only everyone would read so many books as you have, I'd be a happy person. :)