Sunday, January 1, 2012


My official count for books read this year is 242. That number isn't totally right since I re-read a few favorites and didn't finish some very bad books, but marked them on my Goodreads account as read to keep track of them. Still, I would say that total is pretty on track, meaning I might have a serious addiction to books!

I can't imagine I will ever top this total so I feel like I have to make note of the accomplishment (or sickness, if you want to look at it that way) on the family blog. Most of the books I read were quick YA reads, but I had a few very long ones in there too (longest read: 896 pages). I also read some non-fiction, classics, and popular adult reads as well.

Out of the 242, there were a clear top 10 favorites so here is my list in descending order:

10. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
A totally innocent, sweet, and poignant love story. The characters are young but the message is timeless: A friend who is comfortable with who they are is a rare find.

9. Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
A daughter who has just lost her photographer dad goes searching for answers with a mysterious boy who was once his protégé. Emotions are brutally raw and Summers sucks you in from page one. My original Goodreads review was just one word: wow. My only complaint is the excessive use of the f-word.

8. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
This is the kind of story that makes you want to get up and cheer at the end. The completely loveable heroine D.J. is good at football and coming-of-age magic ensues. I love this book as much as I hate football. This is the first book of a trilogy; the rest are not as good, but I dare anyone to read this and not want to see what happens with D.J. and Brian.

7. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Marchetta is the queen of Australian YA and this book is my favorite of hers (I have read them all). I have never fallen so much in love with a ragtag group of friends like this ever. Makes being the uncool kids at the fancy private school seem like the coolest thing ever.

6. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
When I first laughed my way through this completely original story about a horny young teenager with ADD I didn't know if anyone else I knew would like this, let alone read it. It has been an absolute hit with my friends who have given it a chance. It is totally irreverent and offensive while being sincerely heartwarming at the same time.

5. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
Sweet, funny Bronwen actually has some standards and, when she falls for the ever adorable Jared, her life just gets better and better. This is the book I would write if I could actually write a book.

The only flaws being that Jenny Han has no idea what the word ironic actually means and she didn't write a book 4.

So there they are! It warms my heart to remember reading each of these books. I enjoyed most of the books I read this year, but these are the standouts. They are all already in my collection and most are out on loan to friends so I can share the love.

1 comment:

Lori said...

I was so proud of my 2010 (or 09) goal to read 50 books... I ready 67 and felt like I conquered the world. You, my friend, are far superior and I bow down. I've read a few of these books, too and was happy to see "saving francesca" on the list (loved that one). I read a book yesterday, so we'll see if I can even come close to your total this year.