I love Goodreads because it allows me to look back and see if I've read something or an author before. It also keeps track of how many books I've read each year.
Every year, I set my goal at just higher than the number of books I read the year before, so this year, I guestimated I'd read around 125 books. I read over 135 instead. I may keep my goal at 125 for next year, though, because with three books coming out, that's a lot of reading not counted on goodreads. :-) Worth it.
I posted back in July about the first half of the year and what I'd read. Here's the link for that, if you want to see the first six months. And here's what I read in the second half of the year for my various challenges and groups I'm in.
For my FB challenge group, here are the categories and books I chose to fit them:
7. A Book you haven't read before because it intimidates you -- I read War and Peace by Tolstoy. And actually enjoyed it until the last chapter or so.
8. A book on religion or philosophy -- I read Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller
9. A book someone in the group read last year -- I read The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I don't recommend.
10. A book that pushes you out of your comfort zone or on a topic you know nothing about -- I read Memoirs of a Geisha. I didn't like the way it ended, and it definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone.
11. A book about oppression by someone in the oppressed group -- I read The Color of Compromise.
12. A book published in the decade you were born -- I read The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams, which made me laugh a lot, but sort of ended abruptly.
For my C. S. Lewis challenge, here's what I read:
That Hideous Strength
The Problem of Pain
Surprised by Joy
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
For my book club, here's what we've read:
Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
Saving Grace by Amy Anguish
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle
As you can see, by the time I got to December, my reading choices got a little less ... hard, if you will. I needed something lighter and easier and almost mindless because of all the edits and craziness going on with Christmas plans. So, that's some of what I've read this year. If you'd like to see the full list, click here. I highly recommend some and not so much others, but feel free to ask, because I love talking about books. :-)
Did you have a personal challenge this year? Did you read anything you absolutely loved or hated?
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