Last year was a mixed bag. I did end up finishing most of my challenges. The only one I didn't finish was my 100+ Challenge. I ended up reading 87 books. Considering the facts that Since last January first I planned and executed a wedding for 300 people, gotten one house on the market, moved into a major fixer-upper and have been in constant project mode, and helped my hubby get settled into his commuter apartment out of state, and continued with my job and volunteer activities: I'll take 87.
I got a good start on my Filling in the Gaps Challenge, although a lot of the longest and meatiest books remain on the list. I read some very good to excellent books. I also read some that I already can't remember. The favorites for the year:
-The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (1/7/2011)(Fiction) (Gothic)(Myst & Susp) ( Gaps)
- Blackout by Connie Willis (1/12/2011) (Time Travel/Historical Fiction)
- All Clear by Connie Willis (1/15/2011) (Time Travel/Historical Fiction)
- A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (2/9/2011) (Post-Apocalyptic Fiction)
- Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison (3/9/2011) (Nonfiction/Memoir)
- Dune by Frank Herbert (3/19/2011) (Science Fiction) (Gothic)(Gaps)
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (3/27/2011) (Fiction) (Gothic) (Mystery)
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (4/12/2011) (Fantasy) (Gaps)
- Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (5/31/2011) (Historical Fiction) (Gaps)
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (7/3/2011) (Fantasy)
- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (7/18/2011) (Fiction) (Gaps)
-The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (12/26/2011) (fiction)
I started my first book of the New Year when I went to bed after midnight, but it may not be the first one I complete. I only got six pages in, and it wasn't one of the books I planned to start with. So I may choose another this morning.