No, seriously, I do!
I did NOT reach my 52 books in a year goal last year (duh, we're not even the teensiest bit surprised, now are we?) but I did get closer than I thought I would, (41 I think? I sort of lost track, but I know I hit 40) and I really enjoyed having the book-a-week goal as motivation.
However, I am a realist, and would prefer to set goals that I stand a snowball's chance in hell of achieving (read: aim low! but do aim! ) so this year the goal is 2 books a month, 24 books for the year. I know, I know, it's not that impressive, but I'M BUSY, YOU GUYS.
For those of you who care, (and I love you for it,) here's what's been read thus far in 2012, and what's on the bookshelf for the year:
House Rules, by Jodi Picoult. This was a book club pick, and honestly, I didn't care for it. I've read several Jodi Picoult books, and each time I think I'm going to enjoy it, in a light-reading-beach-book kind of way, and I never do. I always just end up frustrated by plot holes, underdeveloped characters, cheap dialogue, and an ending that you can see coming from Chapter 3. I think this is my last Picoult book. Ever. I mean it this time! They're like a stale donut. I just pick it up because it's there, and then I'm sad I did it.
Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese. I LOVED this book. A friend lent it to me after her book club read it (what did all the SAHM's do before book clubs?!?! Oh, wait, BUNKO. Now I remember.) and I really, thoroughly enjoyed it. Plus, it's set in Ethiopia, and Mary Catherine's fiance's family is from Ethiopia, so now I know lots(?) of stuff about the country & it's history, and so I feel like we're BFF's. (Hey Dan! We're BFF's now! You're so lucky!!!!!)
The Lonely Polygamist, by Brady Udall. This is the most unbelievably FRUSTRATING book I have read in a very long time, and I mean that in a very good way. Udall tells a compelling story, and I was totally drawn in. However, his characters make TERRIBLE DECISIONS throughout the ENTIRE book, and I constantly wanted to climb into the book and smack some sense into them. Also, it was very sad, and beacuse I was so drawn in, it made me very sad. One of the marks of a very good book. (Wow, check out how many times I said 'very'! I'm so good at writing the words.)
Knowing God, by J.I. Packer. I'm currently reading this (I know, I know, this does mean I'm ALREADY behind) and am thoroughly enjoying it. Will report back when it's done.
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. This month's book club book, it's sitting next to me. I plan to begin it as soon as I finish this post. As long as no one wakes up early and ruins my naptime plans.
On The Bookshelf:
(i.e. I've already procured it, and will read it this year, because someone has accused me of procuring more books than I ever read, and I WILL PROVE HIM WRONG!)
The Bells, Richard Harvell
A Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp
Saturday, Ian McEwan
The Princess Bride, Goldman
Reading My Father, Alexandra Styron
Happy Reading Friends! And feel free to send recommendations my way.