I decided this year to keep track of the books I read. I really had no idea how much or how little I read. I still don't know how my number compares to the average reader but I must say I was surprised at the volumes of books that I managed to make my way through. Earlier this year I posted books I had read through August 2012. That list is here: Previous list of book read as of August 2012.
I did not include a handful of books that I began but was unable to finish. I also didn't include any non-fiction reference type books. That includes cook books, travel reference, finance how to etc.
My final total is 42 for the year. Here is the list from the rest of August through December:
Don't Look Back
Where Is The Baby
Sh*t My Dad Says
The Hour I First Believed
Call Me Princess
The Hypnotist's Love Story
Best Friends, Occasional Enemies
By Their Father's Hand
Letters From Alcatraz
Tales From The Stage
The Light Between Oceans
To All My Fans With Love From Sylvie
Meet Me At Emotional Baggage Claim
Here are my highlights from this list:
Wild: Yes, This book got a lot of press because Oprah loved it and started up her book club again with it but it really is a worthwhile read. It's a book about a flawed individual who begins a journey that is both literal (on the Pacific Crest Trail) and internal. She starts out damaged and becomes physically battered before beginning to heal a little bit. This was a memoir but she also has a book of fiction out that I would like to try.
The Hour I First Believed: I had forgotten how much I love Wally Lamb. The book is timely as it incorporates the school shootings at Littleton, Colorado but it is mostly about a couple who have had troubles and how this tragedy continues to challenge them and impact their lives.
Unsaid: This book is about (and I'm not giving anything away by saying this) a woman who is a veterinarian and she dies leaving her animals and a husband behind. It was a very touching book that has a final couple of pages that left me weeping. In fact I'm teary just thinking about it.