November is going by so fast, I almost want it to slow down! After such a stressful day on Friday, this weekend was just what I needed to relax. I devoured The Taste of Salt, started reading Bless Me, Ultima, and I’m almost finished with Wonderstruck. I’m on a reading roll though I did lose momentum for a little while yesterday while I was reading Wendy’s post over at Caribousmom. Wendy’s picking out which books she can fit in before the end of the year. I’m pretty aware that I’m 47 books away from my goal of 312 books read this year but I haven’t thought about what exactly to read!
I think the problem is that though I’ve read some great books this year, not many have knocked my socks off. I talked to both Heather and Ana about this and they agreed. I don’t understand it. Am I expecting too much? Is there too much hype in book reviews? What?
So with the end of the year just around the corner, I’m becoming more selective with what I’m reading. Or at least I’m trying to because I thought I was being selective. I know my reading tastes and I try to read outside my comfort zone but not many of the books I’ve read are books I would want to keep in my permanent collection.
With the year coming to a close, I still have this to deal with:
That is my ARC bin. I place all of my unread ARCs here so I can keep track of them and they don’t take up space of my shelves. It’s about twenty books, so I’ll finish them before the year’s end.
I also have my library loot which looks very different from the loot I checked out two weeks ago. I went through PW and Amazon’s Best of 2011 lists and placed a few of these books on hold. The funny this is that many of the books on PW’s list, I’ve never heard of while I’m familiar with many of the books on Amazon’s. I don’t know if I’ll get to all of my library loot, but we’ll see if PW and Amazon are right about some of the books they’ve recommended.
Now I’m off to curl up with Wonderstruck and another cup of coffee. What books have you read this year that knocked your socks off?