I started writing a retrospective on 2011, but to me this year still feels unfinished. There’s been a fair amount of change and uncertainty. I split with my agent, had a book come out, wrote two more whose futures are still being determined, flirted with the possibility of a TV series. A lot of stuff happened, a lot is still happening and there’ve been few tidy conclusions. So I’m going to skip that post for now and do the other – much easier – end of year summary.
What I Read in 2011
1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
3. 13 to Life by Shannon Delaney
4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
6. A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
7. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
8. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
9. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
10. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
11. Numbers by Rachel Ward
12. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
13. Gone by Lisa McMann
14. Glass by Ellen Hopkins
15. Undone by Brooke Taylor
16. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King
17. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
18. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
19. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
20. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
21. Trapped by Michael Northrop
22. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
23. Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
24. Story by Robert McKee
In 2010, I read eighteen books. Seventeen of them were young adult. I was hoping to be a little better rounded this year and I was…a little. Five of this year’s twenty-four were adult novels. I really liked most of them, but what’s funny is they were all in the early part of the year. After that, my true bent took over and I went back to YA. SO many of the YA books I read in 2011 were awesome. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite, though Glass by Ellen Hopkins wowed me so much I did something I rarely do: sought out the first and last book in the series and read them, too (I usually like some breathing room between like books). All of them were such powerful and powerfully written stories.
For all the re-reading I thought I did, neither this year nor last year’s lists include any re-reads. Too short on time these days, I guess.
I’m not a huge non-fic reader, but ending the year with a book on the craft of writing was the perfect way to launch 2012. I couldn’t do much writing in December with the holidays and kids off school, but reading Story was a great way to gear up for digging back into my WIP this week.
My reading resolutions for this year? Read more books, pick whatever speaks to me and end the year with another book on writing.