Looking Back, Moving Forward
In the Spring of 2008 I decided I needed a hobby. With no longer having wedding planning and school work take up my time, I wanted to find something I really enjoyed. And, being a newlywed, beginning a career, and still paying off student loans, it had to be a cheap hobby. I remembered that I had really enjoyed reading when I was younger and I did enjoy the few books I had read each year since being a preteen, but pleasure reading had mostly fallen by the wayside in my high school and college days. So, early in 2008 I got myself my very first library card in years and, despite only reading 2-3 books a year for who knows how long, I ended up reading 31 (mostly chick lit) books in 2008.
I tell you all this to let you know how much of an accomplishment it was for me to finish my 50th book of 2009 on December 31st. Not only did I read more books this past year, I branched out of chick lit into a variety of genres, including YA and classics. And I have you fellow book bloggers to thank for that. Not only have I enjoyed reading books you’ve recommended this past year, I have immensely enjoyed getting to know so many of you. I am very much looking forward to what 2010 has in store for all of you!
Top Rated Books of 2009 (9-10 rating)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (10)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (9.5)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (9.5)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (9)
The Third Elevator by Aimee Bender (9)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (9)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (9)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (9)
There a Petal Silently Falls by Ch’oe Yun (9)
Lowest Rated Book of 2009
Straight Talking by Jane Green
I completed both 2009 challenges I signed up for and am very much looking forward to all my 2010 challenges!
Back to School Challenge (September 1 – December 31, 2009)
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
3. Watership Down by Richard Adams
4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens