Friday, January 13, 2012

The End

It’s now 2012, and my New Year’s resolution for 2011 has drawn to a close. Unfortunately, I completely dropped the ball this winter! To my surprise, the holiday season proved to be the most difficult time of year to be consistently reading. I had predicted that it would be the summertime – but I suppose days lazing in the sun provide perfect reading opportunities!

Since my last entry, I have completed two more books (that I enjoyed very much):

Assorted Fire Events, by David Means

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, by Stieg Larsson

Additionally, I am currently reading the following books, all at the same time (which I’m finding rather fun!):

Providence of a Sparrow: Lessons from a Life Gone to the Birds, by Chris Chester

Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

Three Junes, by Julia Glass

Living Dead in Dallas, by Charlaine Harris

I’m so pleased that I made this resolution last year. Although I came up a few books short, I still read 48 books over twelve months, which is way more than I read last year! Or any other year of my life, for that matter. This challenge has reiterated to me the joys of reading, and it has taught me that it’s not so hard to make time to read. It’s well-worth it to make the effort to incorporate more books into your life!

A few friends have asked for my favorite and least favorite books from the year.

Here are the best, in my opinion (in no particular order):

Week 3: 2666, by Roberto Bolaño

Week 7: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami

Week 31: The Hakawati, by Rabih Alameddine

Week 34: The World According to Garp, by John Irving

Week 10: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

Here are the worst:

Week 6: Words, by Jean-Paul Sartre

Week 17: Henry’s Demons, by Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn

Week 29: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach

Week 37: Talkative Man, by R.K. Narayan

Week 45: Falling Man, by Don DeLillo

And with that, I say goodbye and wish everyone a wonderful 2012! Happy reading!

Love, Nikki

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