Thursday, January 3, 2013

Reading Recap. Say goodbye 2012.

I read a grand total of 62 books this year.  I count chapter books not picture books but I'm seriously thinking about changing that up and counting new picture books that I read.  Of course, job wise if I counted every picture book I read to kids everyday my numbers would appreciatively sky-rocket.  I noticed Mr Schu at Watch. Connect. Read counts the picture books he reads.  I think this may be an idea to embrace.

As the new year has quietly ushered in 2013 I've been reading lists at Mr. Schu's, The Brain Lair's and the many Cybil's list that came out just a few days ago.  I love to browse through and see how many I've finished and new ones that intrigue me.

I also compiled some of my own stats and arranged them into categories. They are lined up in the order that I read them.  Trying to pick my top favorite in each category would take way more brain strength than I have right now as I'm exhausted after my first day back and I'm battling this dang old Dell computer which keeps stalling and timing out as I flip from tab to tab.  I need a new baby and by that I really  mean a new computer.  Wish I could blog and pin from my Kindle Fire.

Adult Top Reads:

Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock
Claire Marvel by Jonathon Burnham Schwartz
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
The Wild Girl by Jim Fergus
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (review to come)

YA Top Reads:

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
What Happens Next? by Colleen Clayton


Breadcrumbs by Anna Ursu
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
Something to Hold Katherine Schlick Noe
Abarat by Clive Barker (review to come)

Elementary Fiction:

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Rules by Cynthia Lord

Favorite Picture books/2012:

Boy + Boy by Ame Dyckeman/Dan Yaccarino
Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop
All the Awake Animals are almost asleep by Crescent Dagonwagon/David McPhail
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett/Jon Klassen

My top choices in all categories would be a tie between Ask the Passengers and What Happens Next? with Breadcrumbs and The Lions of Little Rock right behind them. As I peruse the list again I have to give a shout out to Neverwhere as it is begging to be noticed.  Gaiman is a genius.  Louise Erdrich would be my author pick of the year with one old one and one new one making my list.  I feel like I could make a whole 'nuther list that would have to do with fiesty girl characters and The Land of Elyon's Alexa and Kelly Barnhill's Iron Hearted Violet would show up there.

Happy 2013!  It's going to be a fantastic year.  Change is in the air.


Marie said...

Nice! I haven't read any of these, but I do have a couple of the adult ones sitting on my to-be-read shelf. I'll have to move them up to the top of the pile. Thanks!

Jana said...

Nice list! I didn't read as much adult fictionLike your new layout! as I had planned.

Anonymous said...

great titles!
yes, why not count also the picture books, and then separating in categories. here is my wrap-up, with pies and charts:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I loved Mudbound and The Round House as well. Hope 2013 is a good year for you all around.