Wednesday, December 28, 2011

books i read in 2011

For several years now, I've made a book reading goal for myself.  The first two years I was able to make my goal. Last year, I almost made my goal.

This year?


Not even close!

My goal was 35 books for 2011. I read 13.

1. Second Thyme Around by Katie Fforde
2. The Smart One by Ellen Meister
3. Second Time Around by Beth Kendrick
4. Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
5. Save as Draft by Cavenagh Lee
6. Angel Lane by Sheila Roberts
7. Matters of the Heart by Emily Giffin
8. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
9. Work Hard. Be Nice. by Jay Mathews
10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
11. The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark
12. Who Loves You Best by Tess Stimson
13. The Help by Kathryn Stockett


No. I still found the time to read those 13 books. I do know that one pitfall to reading was taking papers to grade at dance class this fall instead of doing the reading that I normally do while the kids are dancing. I'm thinking that needs to stop.

However, this does lead me to a question. Should I make a goal for 2012 or just see how it goes? Each year I increased my goal. The first year I started with 24 and it has progressed to 35. Should I start with a lower number this time?

After a lot of only a little pondering, I have decided to set a conservative goal of 24 books for 2012.

Here's to reading in 2012!

Linking up with The Nester.  What books have you read?



Tara said...

I haven't read as many books this year as I normally do either, but it's all about balance and enjoyment, right? Great books, thanks for the list! The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is on my "must read" short list :)

Donna said...

I read Water for Elephants in 2010. It was a great read. Certainly a book that you remember and think about after you finish it. I also read The Help. I loved that the movie was very similar to what I pictured the characters to be. I have read The Essential 55, by Ron Clark. I didn't realize he had another book out. I'll add the End of Molasses Classes to my list for 2012.
Thanks for the great list.