How to sum up seven months of reading? In bullet point form! Since August, I’ve read 24 books.
- Of those 24, two were for school. The rest were for pleasure. (This makes it sound like grad school’s a cake walk. Let’s be clear: I read an awful lot more for school, it’s just that I mostly read chapters or articles, not full books. And believe me, you do not want to hear about most of the articles/chapters I read…blergh.)
- Nine of the books were nonfiction, while the other 15 were fiction. Of the nonfiction, seven were memoirs. I need to get back to reading some tougher nonfiction instead of the lighter stuff.
- On Goodreads, I gave four of the books five star reviews, eleven got four star reviews, five got three star reviews and four got two star reviews. I didn’t give out any one star reviews, because I’m super nice…well and I didn’t have to read any truly awful ones.
- My favorite four books were The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Sum, Never Fall Down and Hyperbole and a Half.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane was the perfect mix of childhood wonder, old magic and realistic fantasy. It reminded me a lot of A Wrinkle in Time, in the best ways.
- Sum was a complete impulse by at a very nice independent bookstore in downtown Santa Barbara. The author gives forty explanations for the afterlife, some whimsical, some puzzling and some incredibly sad. Each story is bite-sized, making it easy to either read a story at a time, or take it all in at once.
- Never Fall Down is a young adult book about the Khmer Rouge. Yeah, it’s just about as cheery as it sounds, but it’s affecting and gripping stuff.
- And of course, everyone’s favorite blogger Allie Brosh’s graphic memoir Hyperbole and a Half. If you haven’t checked out her website already, what the heck are you still doing here. Go read about cake and dogs and depression and life.
- My least favorite book was Happily Ever After. I can definitely enjoy some fluff, but wow, this was so fluffy that all I remember from it is a vague distaste.
- I read two Stephen King novels : The Tommyknockers (mostly silly, though the images of people having their teeth fall out has stuck with me) and Doctor Sleep (not a bad follow up to The Shining. Not particularly scary, though).
- I put aside some genre prejudices and read a book that you’d get in the fantasy section of Barnes and Noble…and I kinda liked it. More about that at a later date.
All in all not a bad few months, though I did slow down a bit from my usual pace. I’m hoping to hit at least 65 books in 2013, and right now I’m almost on track. Of course, I just started the tome that is The Goldfinch, so I may be behind for a while. Luckily for a nearly 800 page book, it is gripping and going along at a good clip.
What have you guys been reading? Anything I need to check out ASAP?