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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:

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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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