It’s A Wonderful Bookworld: A (Belated) Year-End Reading Goal Evaluation

THE EXCUSE: Have you ever noticed how festivities seem to run on top of another during Christmas season, and before you know it, a new year has started and you haven’t been able to properly bid adieu to the past year before it ended?

Well, I have. And enough of that lame excuse, haha.

THE WARNING: Long post hereafter.

I was able to finish the draft of this post before the year ended but __________. (Fill in the blank with the first paragraph). It is better late than never, pardon the cliché, so here is my take on how 2011 had been with regard to my reading.

When 2011 started, I put up a reading goal for myself for the first time. I had 3 reading challenges lined up for the year but alas, barely two months thereafter I already felt signs of waning interest. By the middle of 2011, I totally forgot about the positive reinforcement challenge. (Maybe, the reward-punishment motivation wasn’t that effective?) It had been quite disheartening, but when I really thought about it, I felt that I had some progress made by first, actually keeping track of the number of books I read, second, finishing more than 10 books for this year, because the past years I think I was only able to finish at most 10 books every year, and last, writing lengthier reviews.

My first reading challenge was the Off The Shelf (With A Twist) Challenge. So far, out of the 30 books in the list, I only managed to reach 8! The second challenge was the 2011 Goodreads Reading Goal. This is the challenge which I did very well for this year. Out of the 50 books to read, I finished 39! Yay! And last, I did a Birthday Challenge which I called Countdown to October. This is the challenge which has the most dismal results because out of the 9 books listed, I finished only one! I decided to give away all my Mitford books (the books included in this birthday challenge) because I had a really difficult time finishing the second book which shows that the series is not just to my taste.

Here is a quick round up of the books I managed to finish this year. The list is in the order of the book I most recently finished:

  1. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  2. The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness
  3. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  4. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  5. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  7. Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  8. Five Children And It by E. Nesbit
  9. A Monster Calls by Patrick Nes
  10. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  11. Confessions of a Teenage Baboon by Paul Zindel
  12. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
  13. Trash by Andy Mulligan
  14. The Third Twin by Ken Follett
  15. The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr
  16. Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz
  17. The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers
  18. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  19. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  20. The Ballerina, the Gymnast, and the Yoga Master by R.J. Silver
  21. The Princess & the Penis by R.J. Silver
  22. At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years by Jan Karon
  23. The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5) by Patrick Ness
  24. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins
  25. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins
  26. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness
  27. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  28. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  29. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  30. A Lesson in Murder by Augustus Cileone
  31. Columbine by Dave Cullen
  32. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  33. Kaleidoscope by Danielle Steel
  34. Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
  35. Piercing the Darkness (Darkness Set, #2) by Frank E. Peretti
  36. Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport, #2) by John Sandford
  37. Are You Afraid of the Dark? by Sidney Sheldon
  38. Morning, Noon & Night by Sidney Sheldon
  39. The Shack by William P. Young

I am on an organizing mood this time (as of the time of writing) so below is a list of the books according to their ratings. Almost of the titles have their corresponding reviews so feel free to search for them on the search box at the top of this page.

5 stars

  1. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  2. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  6. The Princess & the Penis by R.J. Silver
  7. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins
  8. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness
  9. Columbine by Dave Cullen
  10. Piercing the Darkness (Darkness Set, #2) by Frank E. Peretti

4 stars

  1. The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness
  2. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  3. Five Children And It by E. Nesbit
  4. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  5. Confessions of a Teenage Baboon by Paul Zindel
  6. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
  7. Trash by Andy Mulligan
  8. The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr
  9. The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers
  10. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  11. The Ballerina, the Gymnast, and the Yoga Master by R.J. Silver
  12. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

3 stars

  1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  2. At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years) by Jan Karon
  3. The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5) by Patrick Ness
  4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins
  5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  6. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  7. A Lesson in Murder by Augustus Cileone
  8. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  9. Kaleidoscope by Danielle Steel
  10. Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
  11. Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport, #2) by John Sandford
  12. Are You Afraid of the Dark? by Sidney Sheldon
  13. Morning, Noon & Night by Sidney Sheldon

2 stars

  1. Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz
  2. The Shack by William P. Young

1 star

  1. Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  2. The Third Twin by Ken Follett

Best Read for 2011: The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Worst Read for 2011: Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

At any rate though, 2011 has been a wonderful reading year, add to that the joys of receiving books in the mail, which seemed to be quite frequent for this year. 😉

Next up, I will be putting up my 2012 Reading Goal as well as a list, if I can, of the books I plan to read for the new year.

Cheers to 2012 and cheers to more books to read! 🙂

7 thoughts on “It’s A Wonderful Bookworld: A (Belated) Year-End Reading Goal Evaluation

  1. Hi Lynai! This is a very genre- rich list for the year. Can’t say I agree with you on The Knife of Never Letting Go and A Wrinkle in Time, but yay to A Monster Calls! 🙂

    Looking forward to reading about your 2012 reading goals!

    1. Yay for the WP Avatar! 🙂 And I can’t thank you enough for giving away The Knife, haha. 😀 Will try to post my 2012 reading goals before the week ends. 🙂

    1. Hi hanh! I am also making an effort to squeeze in reading in my tight schedule. I miss those olden days na pwede magbasa asta mag-aga. 😀

      Thanks for visiting my humble book blog. 😉

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