2006 Reading Year in Review

>> Sunday, December 31, 2006

I had a few reading goals for 2006 and I’m pleased to say that I met them and more.

I wanted to read through two A to Z lists (by author and by title). I completed this by mid September and I’m very glad I did this.

I wanted to do more than just record the titles, dates read, and number of pages for my books. I started keeping a document of notes on all my books that in July became the beginnings of this blog. I hadn’t set out to start a book blog this year, but I’m very glad I did and have had a blast.

I managed to squeeze in just one more book today that I can count for 2006.

Totals for 2006
25 audiobooks
77 "3-D" books (28,880 pages)

Grand Total for 2006:
102 books :-)

My Top 5 books for the 2006 reading year are:

1. Hell at the Breech by Tom Franklin. It’s a brutal story, but so beautifully told.
2. One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash. Southern Literature at it’s best
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If not for my fellow book bloggers I would not have picked up this amazing book. For some reason it’s hiding in the young adult section and should be up front in every bookstore with a big “YOU NEED TO READ THIS!!” sign on it.
4. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. A lost and only recently discovered novel set in occupied France during WWII. The story OF the book told in the appendices is as compelling as the story IN the book itself.
5. A multiple way tie between my favorite mystery/thriller series authors – Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Harlan Coben, and Jack Kerley.
6. (Because there’s no way I could limit myself to a top 5) Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson. This is a true adventure story and it’s fabulous.

I also participated in my first book blogger’s reading challenge with the From the Stacks Winter Reading Challenge. I’ve finished 7 books for this challenge and I want to thank Michelle for hosting this challenge and inspiring me to read some of those books that have been on the shelves for way too long.

I’ll be charging full speed into Reading Challenges tomorrow to kick off 2007. Les Miserables is such a huge book that I’m counting it for all 3 of my next challenges. Classics, Chunkster and TBR. My first challenge of 2007 will be to see if I can finish Les Miserables before the end of January.


Literary Feline 12/31/2006 8:10 PM  

I am enjoying reading everyone's year in review. Congratulations on reaching your alphabet goals, Suzi! And I'm certainly glad you decided to start blogging. I enjoy visiting your blog. Have a happy new year!

Booklogged 1/01/2007 12:53 AM  

I enjoy your blog, too. I've only read 2 of your top five so that means I have more to add to my TBR list. Yay! I agree with the story about Suite Francaise being as interesting as the book. You've listed 5 mystery writers that I have never read - FIVE! Wow, more for the list.

So what was the one more book your squeezed in?

Happy New Year, SuzieQ. Hope it holds lots of reading rewards, as well as peace, health, wealth and happiness.

Booklogged 1/01/2007 1:44 AM  

Okay, I'm just a bit tired! I looked at the post just below this one and saw the book you finished reading in the last bit of 2006.

Lynne 1/01/2007 3:36 AM  

You said you were going to finish that last book for 2006 and you did it! Good for you!

Happy New Year!

Joy 1/01/2007 7:01 AM  

Hooray! Congratulations on a fine total!

I want to formally "Thank You!" for introducing me to the Blog World and for all your encouragement, suggestions, and reviews regarding books. (Actually that goes for the last 4 years!)

I, too, just wanted to have a place to write my thoughts about the books I read (some can be so easier forgotten) and creating a blog has turned out to be a great place for that and soooo much more! Again...THANK YOU.

Happy New Year, Suzi!

SuziQoregon 1/01/2007 9:27 AM  

Literary Feline: Thanks!

Booklogged: Should I apologize for adding some great mystery writers to your list? Nah - call it payback for the books you've added to mine ;-P

Lynne: Yeah - didn't do much else the past couple of days, but it made for a good last few days of vacation.

Joy: Awww - thank YOU! We don't always agree on books, but we do manage to stretch each others reading experiences, don't we?

Heather,  1/01/2007 12:17 PM  

Happy New Year! I hope you are able to finish it by the end of January! I'll be cheering you on!


Les 1/02/2007 4:18 PM  

Yay! Another entry for The Book Thief on the "Best of 2006" lists. I wonder if Zusak knows how many of us loved his book.

I really want to read Suite Francaise since I've been hearing great things about it, too. It slipped under my radar until I started blog-hopping.

Good luck with your challenges. I need to stop reading emails and blogs and start reading my books!

Happy New Year, SuziQ!

SuziQoregon 1/02/2007 7:07 PM  

Heather - It'll be a challenge to finish Les Miserables this month. My Husband will be going out of town for a few days so that should give me a weekend for a lot of reading.

Les: Happy New Year to you, too. Suite Francaise is excellent.

Beenzzz 1/04/2007 8:14 AM  

Wow! You are quite the reader. I received two books for Christmas and I hope to have them done in the next few weeks. My resolution is read more books this year.

ML 1/05/2007 1:05 PM  

I'm reading the Book Thief now. I'm more than 3/4 of the way done. It's fantastic! I seem to absorb every word!

Framed 1/05/2007 7:05 PM  

Great list. How did you manage to keep it at six? I managed to get to "M" with my "A toZ" of titles and authors, but I'm getting sidetracked by the new challenges. I guess I needed a break. I started my book blog for the same reason you did and I've gained so much more.

SuziQoregon 1/06/2007 9:54 AM  

Beenzzz: Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with your reading resolution. Always nice to meet another booklover.

ML: Glad to hear you're enjoying Book Thief. I need to update my links list and get you added.

Framed: LOL I only sort of kept it at six. #5 was a 5 way tie and My initial intention was a Top 5 ;-)

nessie 1/08/2007 2:24 PM  

Half way through Les Mis is when it starts to get really hard. The adventure in the beginning is good enough to make you whiz through. Good luck... you'll need it!

acquisitionist 1/10/2007 5:51 PM  

Each year we have a Perth Arts Festival and they've chosen The Book Thief as the book for 2007 because of Zusak's Australian background. I work in a bookstore and as soon as we get a new batch of them in they sell out. I enjoyed it also :)

sarala 1/21/2007 6:50 PM  

If you liked Suite Francaise you might like to join the Third Day Book Club--we did this book last month. This isn't an ad--it is not my book group--but I've been doing it for two months now and it is a fun bunch of people. The link is http://simplywait.blogspot.com/
Nice reading list.
I'm also doing TBR and chunkster.

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