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This will probably be long, so you can stop reading now unless you are interested in small reviews/pointless opinions of the books I read in 2011.
So for the past 2 years I have set reading goals for myself because I love to read and want to make sure I make time for reading instead of wasting time online or doing other mundane activities. This year’s goal was 30 books.
and I definitely fell short….(for the reason see: being online and doing other mundane activities)
I did get 16 read though, and only one of them was a reread. And here they are with some opinions/reviews/whatevers attached to them:
1) On the Road-I decided to read this because it is a “classic” and I feel I should probably read it. And if most of you consider “classic” books boring, then this is right up your alley. It’s not a terrible book, just a book where nothing much happens, so it was hard to keep my interest. (This seems to be a theme with lots of books I read this year.)
2) Jurassic Park- OH YOU BETTER BELIEVE MELLY LOVED THIS. I have always been a huge fan of the film Jurassic Park and a slight dinosaur enthusiast, so I don’t know what took me so long to read this book, but it was so good. The film varied from the book somewhat, but what book-based film doesn’t? Also Michael Crichton is a fantastic author…which led me to read 2 more of his books consecutively.
3) The Andromeda Strain - Another Michael Crichton book. He is just so smart and reading his books makes you feel smart. This one was probably my least favorite of the 3 I read, but still very good. It’s like, sort of a mystery and aliens and science. It also taught me how to understand binary code so…..I’m a genius.
4) Sphere- The third Crichton novel for me. I have a weird long childhood story connected to this book that I guess I’ll tell since this post is already going to be MILES long. When I was a kid I remember listening to this book on tape on a long car ride and falling asleep RIGHT at the end so I never knew what happened and I didn’t bother for like literally 14 years to read the book and find out what happened. It was such a good book that freaked me out a little because it’s people all deep underwater investigating this alien ship and then everything is going wrong and crazy and drowning and scary. Read it.
5) The House Next Door- This book is nothing. I checked it out of my hometown library’s “Young Adult” section. I hardly remember it. It’s like some awful haunted house book where a girl goes back in time and falls in love with a ghost or something.
6) Memoirs of a Geisha- This was my only reread of the year. I read it back when the movie was coming out in like 2004 or whenever and I remembered liking it so I wanted to read it again. It’s a fantastic novel written really beautifully. The movie sticks closely to the book, but books are always better to read. I recommend it.
7) The Hunger Games- Like honestly. I can’t even talk about this book. It’s too much. I read it in about a day and then immediately read the sequels. I really can’t get into describing it because it would take forever. I assume (if a single person is reading this) that you have already read it/seen the trailer/seen everything on tumblr already. READ IT. SO GOOD. SO SAD.
8) Catching Fire- Sequel to THG. I was reading this on my computer as a PDF on our drive to Florida this summer because I needed it immediately and couldn’t find an actual book. It.just.made.me.so.mad.I.SLAMMED.MY.COMPUTER.CLOSED. It’s so good. READ IT.
9) Mockingjay- Third and final of THG trilogy. Honestly. I can’t even. This.damn.book. I JUST CAN’T. Too many feelings. I don’t even….#puking #crying #screaming
10) Never Let Me Go- So after THG, I decided to go for something a lot happier since I felt the saddest/worst emotions reading that trilogy. OH WAIT JUST KIDDING. NEVER LET ME GO IS ALSO HEARTBREAKING. Like, why did I read so many sad books in a row? This book is superb and so is the movie. (I read a lot of books-into-movies books this year huh?) The book is a really sad, interesting love/friendship/coming of age story. Sort of. It’s perfect and ANDREW GARFIELD IS PERFECT IN THE FILM. (Along with Carey Mulligan who can s my d for marrying Marcus Mumford.)
11) The Kite Runner- Continuing my apparent need to read every depressing book known to man, I then read The Kite Runner. This.book.is.so.great. Set in like…I dunno…1950’s Afghanistan or something, it’s a really wonderful story of a boy and redemption and forgiveness and stuff and it’s just so sad and happy and great and awful. READ IT YALL.
12) Everything’s Eventual- From sad to scary. This is a collection of 14 of Stephen King’s short stories. Most were pretty good. Some were a little creepy, some not. I think only one really got to me and I don’t know why because the premise is stupid. It was like, a painting that came to life and like, killed people or something. It’s hard to describe. Overall the book was good. I like short stories and Stephen King is a great author. I would recommend “Insomnia” or “It” if you’re actually interested in some of his stuff.
13) The Haunting of Hill House- I picked this up for $2 at Half-Priced Books. It did freak me out a little at times, but it was also one of those kinda “classic” books that is hard to make yourself read. I would like to see the original movie that was made because apparently it’s good and the like 10 remakes aren’t from what I hear. One part in the book really scared me though, so like, good job.
14) Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me…?- Mindy Kaling’s autobiographical book my friend Sarah lent me. It was funny and kind of inspiring. I read it really quickly. Just funny little anecdotes of her life and struggles and successes and stuff. I think this is one of the first autobiographies I’ve ever read. It made me want to read Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.”
15) The Grapes of Wrath- This bitch. It’s like a zillion pages long and ONE thing happens ever. Over it. Boring classic. I mean, I adore John Steinbeck and his writing is superb, but like….this book. lawds. Summary: Let’s drive forever, never get work, get a little work, drive some more, get a little more work, then a bunch of action finally happens in the last 10 pages that I get really into, but then it’s ruined by being weird and gross at the end and I’m O.V.E.R.I.T.
16) A Thousand Splendid Suns- Written by the same guy who wrote The Kite Runner. Set again in Afghanistan but from the perspective of two different women. This was a beautifully sad book, but also happy. It’s just wonderful and a good way to end the year of reading. Highly recommended.
SO THERE’S MY LIST.
It’s super super long and I apologize. I greatly appreciate if you read my reviews and hope maybe I inspired you to read some of these books. Reading is great. I love to read.
I have reading goals in mind for next year, but I’ll probably write about those later when/if I make a “resolutions” post.
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