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message 1: by Liz (last edited Jan 07, 2011 01:26PM) (new)

Liz My overall goal was to read an average of one book per week, but now I think I want to change it to 80 books since I read 74 in 2010. Ideally, I'd love to hit 100, but we'll see. I also want to read 36 Books I Own (BIO) from before 2011, 12 YA 2011 Debut books, & at least 6 non-fiction (since I usually avoid these).

Read reviews & check out posts on my blog: Through the Pages


message 2: by Liz (last edited Jan 11, 2011 11:57AM) (new)

Liz Completed Books:

1 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - 4*
2. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer - 3.5*
3. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand - 4.5*


message 3: by Liz (last edited Jan 11, 2011 11:57AM) (new)

Liz Monthly Reads:

JANUARY:
Thirteen Reasons Why (borrowed-Nook)
Unearthly (debut, NetGalley)
Eating Animals (BIO, First Reads, NF-food)

Clockwork Angel (BIO)
Thirteen Moons (BIO, tbr)
The Lying Game (NetGalley)
The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me (local, NF-misc)
The Luxe (NI)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (if time - NF-memoir, NI)

FEBRUARY:
Angelfire (debut, NetGalley)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (BIO, tbr)
Delirium (NetGalley)
Unwind (local)
Redeeming Love (BIO)
Nevermore (BIO)
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (NI)

MARCH:
The Bronze Horseman (BIO)
Rebecca (BIO, joint)
The House at Riverton (BIO, joint)
The Outside Boy (local)

APRIL:
Vanity Fair (BIO, joint, tbr)
The Road (BIO, tbr)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (BIO, local, tbr-alt)

MAY:
Sense and Sensibility (BIO, tbr)
The Glass Castle (BIO, joint, NF-memoir, tbr)
The Goose Girl (BIO, local, reread)

JUNE:
Salvaged (BIO)
A Bride in the Bargain (BIO)
A Rose for the Crown: A Novel (BIO, joint)
City of Thieves (local)

JULY:
The Art of Racing in the Rain (BIO)
Les Miserables (BIO, joint, tbr)
1776 (BIO, joint, NF-US History, tbr-alt)
The Maze Runner (local, reread)

AUGUST:
The White Queen (BIO, joint)
Belong to Me (BIO, joint, tbr)
Grant (BIO, NF-US Presdient)

SEPTEMBER:
Daughter of the Forest (BIO, tbr)
To Kill a Mockingbird (BIO, tbr)
Perfect Chemistry (BIO)

OCTOBER:
A Gracious Plenty (BIO, tbr)
Dracula (BIO, joint)
A Light in the Window (BIO)

NOVEMBER:
The Historian (BIO)
Great Expectations (BIO)
Follow the River (BIO)

DECEMBER:
Crime and Punishment(BIO, joint)
The Prince of Tides (BIO)
A Voice in the Wind (BIO)


message 4: by Liz (last edited Jan 11, 2011 11:57AM) (new)

Liz I'm taking part in a 2011 YA Debut Authors Challenge hosted by The Story Siren.

These are my potential picks (must read a minimum of 12 by the end of the year).

1.Unearthly - Cynthia Hand

Wither - Lauren DeStefano
Clarity - Kim Harrington
Entwined - Heather Dixon
Across the Universe - Beth Revis
Angelfire - Courtney Allison Moulton
XVI - Julia Karr
Entangled - Cat Clarke
Warped - Maurissa Guibord
Luminous - Dawn Metcalf
The False Princess - Eilis O'Neal
Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini
Lost Voices - Sarah Porter
Hereafter - Tara Hudson
The Revenant - Sonia Gensler
Future Imperfect - K. Ryer Breese


message 5: by Liz (new)

Liz Non-Fiction Goal: Read at least 6 books from this list - each book must come from a new list. Once I've passed 6, I can double dip.

1. Eating Animals

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1. Misc: A Short History of Nearly Everything OR The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way OR The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America OR Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

2. US President: Grant OR The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt OR A. Lincoln: A Biography OR John Adams OR Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

3. US History: 1776 OR Washington's Crossing OR The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

4. Another Country: Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan OR Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea OR Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World

5. Memoir: The Glass Castle OR Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China OR Mao's Last Dancer OR The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me

6. Educational/Instructional: Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir OR Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

7. Inspirational/Instructional: Choosing Glory OR God Wants A Powerful People OR The Happiness Project

8. Religious Study: Eve and the Choice Made in Eden OR The Hidden Christ: Beneath the Surface of the Old Testament

9. Relationships: Covenant Hearts: Marriage And the Joy of Human Love

10. Religious Leader/History: Exiled: The Story of John Lathrop

11. Travel:The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey OR Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

12. Biography: Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery OR Beethoven: The Universal Composer OR Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

13. Ancestors: A History of the Swedish People 1: From Prehistory to the Renaissance OR How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe

14. British History: The Six Wives of Henry VIII OR The Wars of the Roses

15. Science/Food: Eating Animals OR The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals OR Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life OR All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!


message 6: by Liz (new)

Liz Sorry for all the intro posts - I just like to stay organized :)


message 7: by Liz (last edited Jan 07, 2011 04:34PM) (new)

Liz 1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (4*)

This was a thought-provoking book, a very tragic look into the reasons why someone would commit suicide. It took me a while to get used to the format, but once I did, it was quite powerful.

My Full Review - Thirteen Reasons Why


message 8: by Liz (last edited Jan 11, 2011 11:56AM) (new)

Liz 2. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (3.5*)

I was shocked with how much this book impacted me. No, I did not commit to be a vegetarian, but I finished it a couple days ago & still can't get myself to eat meat. That's saying something. I know I won't hold out forever, probably not even until the end of the week, but I have decided to make some changes in my eating habits. This book was very informative, & I would definitely recommend it!

My Full Review - Eating Animals


message 9: by Liz (new)

Liz 3. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (4.5*)
This was such a fun book! It almost had more of a magical realism feel to it than a paranormal fantasy. It was well written (IMO) & I loved the characters. I definitely have a new literary crush!

My Full Review - Unearthly


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