Books 2011

I love to read and this year I’m determined to read at least 52 books – one a week – in an effort to rekindle a passion for words that suffers because of the usual complaints … You know the ones: I don’t have time, I’m too busy, etc.

Included in this list are books I’ve read related to my studies (marked *) and books I’ve read for enjoyment. Not all of the books I read for study make it onto this list as there is a large pile of reference material sitting on my desk, but books I’ve re-read and regularly refer back to have been added while ones I skim through and read selected chapters from have been left out.

If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment! I love a challenge and I am working on reading things outside my usual repertoir!

  1. The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick*
  2. Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve*
  3. Web of Air by Philip Reeve*
  4. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson*
  5. Extras by Scott Westerfeld*
  6. The Boys From Brazil by Ira Levin
  7. No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
  8. Wanting by Richard Flanagan
  9. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  10. Room by Emma Donoghue
  11. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
  12. Ecocriticism by Greg Garrard*
  13. Ideologies of Identity in Adolescent Fiction by Robyn McCallum*
  14. Evil Seed by Joanne Harris
  15. The Environmental Imagination by Lawrence Buell*
  16. Writing for an Endangered World by Lawrence Buell*
  17. The Future of Environmental Criticism by Lawrence Buell*
  18. Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature by Roberta Seelinger Trites*
  19. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  20. The Ghost’s Child by Sonya Hartnett
  21. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
  22. The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld
  23. Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
  24. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  25. Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
  26. Beastly by Alex Flinn
  27. A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
  28. Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo
  29. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  30. Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
  31. Beauty by Robin McKinley
  32. The Fall by Garth Nix
  33. The Castle by Garth Nix
  34. Aenir by Garth Nix
  35. Magician by Raymond E. Feist
  36. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  37. The Fiftieth Gate by Mark Raphael Baker
  38. Literary Theory by Jonathan Culler*
  39. Tinkers by Paul Harding
  40. Deerskin by Robin McKinley
  41. Scrivener’s Moon by Philip Reeve
  42. Matched by Allie Condie
  43. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  44. The Solemn Lantern Maker by Merlinda Bobis
  45. Pegasus by Robin McKinley
  46. Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
  47. Chalice by Robin McKinley
  48. The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan
  49. The Novice by Trudi Canavan
  50. The High Lord by Trudi Canavan
  51. Little Ice Cream Boy by Jacques Pauw
  52. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

52 books and it’s only September! Given that 12 (did I count that correctly?) are Uni books, I’m going to aim to get through at least 12 more books before December 31st that aren’t related to my studies. The plot thickens …

  1. Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers
  2. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  4. Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
  5. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  6. The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho
  7. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  8. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  9. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  10. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  11. The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer
  12. I Came to say Goodbye by Caroline Overington
  13. Tithe by Holly Black
  14. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
  15. The Farseekers by Isobelle Carmody
  16. Ashling by Isobelle Carmody
  17. Forgotten by Cat Patrick
  18. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  19. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  20. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
  21. Crossed by Ally Condie
  22. Eve by Anna Carey
  23. Royal Exile by Fiona McIntosh
  24. Book Lover by Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack
  25. The Fiction Class by Susan Breen
  26. Incognito by Claire Carmichael
  27. The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost
  28. Skinned by Robin Wasserman
  29. Crashed by Robin Wasserman
  30. Wired by Robin Wasserman
  31. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  32. The Keepers and the Kept by Terry Boylan

84 books in 12 months – hurrah! I far exceed my goal of 52 books in a year … I wonder what 2012 will bring

6 comments on “Books 2011

  1. Hi! Can you tell me what beautiful books in this list are about love and family? Cos I love to read but sometimes it makes me feel sad cos I’m disappointed with the book that i chose. So please help me what best books should i choose about love and family? Thank you so much!

    • Hrm, there are a few on the list that would be relevant to love and family, though a lot of them are dystopian YA fiction, urban fantasy and fantasy … Do you have a particular genre you prefer?

  2. Wow, that is incredibly impressive. I am a literature major and absoulutly love to read. The one thing that saddened me most when I moved to Sweden was leaving behind my bookshelf filled with books I have and haven’t read. Thankfully I have a Kindle, but honestly I haven’t rekindled my reading habits. Right now they have been replaced with writting habits, which is great- even if its in the shape of a blog, I need to get back in the swing of things. I love your blog, and your goals. Inspiring. Keep it up.

    • I’m glad you enjoy my blog =) I am yet to get my hands on a Kindle (my sister “bought” me one for Christmas but I haven’t gotten around to ordering it yet and just discovered they don’t ship to Singapore … looong saga of juggling deliveries – to be continued) and I want to join a library so I don’t have to buy (and then ship) a bunch of books to feed the bookworm within! If reading is to be replaced with anything, I think writing is a noble pursuit! Good luck =D

  3. Woweee!! Do they have more hours in the day where you come from? 😉 I’m only up to just over 30 this year I think. Perhaps next year I will set a similar challenge to myself.

    How are you liking the Obernewtyn Chronicles? I am up to the Stone Key, which I should probably read now that the next one has come out. I do enjoy them, but I sometimes feel that the endings are a bit rushed. It is a great story though.

    Well done anyway for exceeding your challenge!

    • I read more than I sleep, I must admit! It’s great as previously my reading was restricted to books for uni or none at all. I lost the “reading for pleasure” habit and it feels so wonderful to have it back!

      Loving the Obernewtyn Chronicles and waiting for the rest to come from the Book Depository … I know what you mean about the rushed ending feeling, though I’m loving the characters and the construction of a post-apocalyptic/fantasy world.

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