Reading List 2011

I’m pleasantly surprised with myself this month.  By the end of June I need to be around 50 books read, and I’m clearly on track.  I think the return to shorter books and reading my own books, rather than listening to them, helped a lot.  A number of the books I’ve read or listened to recently have been pretty hefty in length.  And, of course, audiobooks just take longer to listen to than reading on your own.

I’ve been pretty worried about the possibility of reaching my 100 book goal for this year, and while I certainly can’t relax, I’m feeling a little better about it now.  I have a bunch of books on my “to be read” shelf and want to take another shot at Blackveil and The Wise Man’s Fear, both books I read earlier this year.  I like to give new books time to settle and read them a second time to pick up anything I’ve missed.  Especially books in my favorite series or by my favorite authors.  So they’ll be hitting the list again in the next couple months, but I’m playing by my own rules and I think this is perfectly allowed.  If I’m feeling ambitious and have enough time maybe I’ll throw in a couple extra books to account for those I’ve re-read.

Anyway, here’s the list.  🙂

May
38. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
39. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
40. The Face on the Milk Carton, Caroline B. Cooney
41. Whatever Happened to Janie?, Caroline B. Cooney
42. The Voice on the Radio, Caroline B. Cooney
43. What Janie Found, Caroline B. Cooney
44. Chance Meeting, Laura Moore
45. Remember Me, Laura Moore
46. Married by Morning, Lisa Kleypas
47. Baby Bargains, Denise & Alan Fields (recommended if you’re interested in purchasing baby things)
48. Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan (cookbook) – I don’t usually include cookbooks in my reading list, but I have read this one cover to cover in the past two days and it is FABULOUS!  Expect recipes on the blog from this book in the future.

April
31. Seduce Me at Sunrise, Lisa Kleypas (audiobook)
32. Tempt Me at Twilight, Lisa Kleypas (audiobook)
33. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
34. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
35. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
36. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
37. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling (audiobook)

March
25.  The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss – highly recommended
26.  Shanna, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
27.  To Ride A Dark Horse, Laura Moore
28.  Mine Til Midnight, Lisa Kleypas (audiobook)
29.  No Choice but Seduction, Johanna Lindsey
30.  Pegasus, Robin McKinley

February
20. Lean, Mean Thirteen, Janet Evanovich (audiobook)
21. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss – strongly recommended
22. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey (audiobook)
23. Dragonquest, Anne McCaffrey (audiobook)
24. Dragonsong, Anne McCaffrey (audiobook)

January
1. What to Expect when You’re Expecting, Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
(for the record, I’m not expecting.  A friend gave me this and it’s interesting.)
2. Eragon, Christopher Paolini (audio book)
3.  Soulless, Gail Carrington – strongly recommended
4. Changeless, Gail Carrington – strongly recommended
5. Blameless, Gail Carrington – strongly recommended
6. Twin: A Memoir, Allen Shawn
7. Green Rider, Kristen Britain -strongly recommended
8. First Rider’s Call, Kristen Britain – strongly recommended
9. The High King’s Tomb, Kristen Britain – strongly recommended
10. Eldest, Christopher Paolini (audiobook)
11. Alanna, Tamora Pierce
12. In the Hands of the Goddess, Tamora Pierce
13. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Tamora Pierce
14. Lioness Rampant, Tamora Pierce
15. Brisingr, Christopher Paolini (audiobook)
16. Sea Swept, Nora Roberts (audiobook) – recommended
17. Rising Tides, Nora Roberts (audiobook) – recommended
18. Inner Harbor, Nora Roberts (audiobook) – recommended
19. Chesapeake Blue, Nora Roberts (audiobook) – recommended

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4 Responses to Reading List 2011

  1. Mom says:

    Anything you would recommend for me to read this summer? I like mystery novels with a feminine sleuth. I don’t want to have to think too much or analyze characters too much. Just easy reading 🙂

    • Kali says:

      I’ll search around and let you know. Those don’t usually hit my reading list, but I’m certain I can come up with something in that genre.

  2. Cheryl Waters says:

    I’m a slow reader so I don’t think listening to books takes me any longer than reading them. But good choice on listening to the Harry Potter series. Jim Dale is phenomenal.

    • Kali says:

      I can listen to a single HP book (4 and up… the others are shorter) in about 3 days. I can read the same HP book in about 1. It saves me a lot of time to read on my own.

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