- A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2) by George R.R. Martin | This is the book that locked me into the series, no matter how long and intense they are (and if I read the reviews right, the third book is kind of a letdown), I will finish the series because I have to find out how this all turns out. Martin has finished five books in the series and has two more to write (he says) so perhaps I will make it through them by the time he publishes the next one. There was a chapter in this book that surprised, no shocked, me so much I woke Simon up after I read it because I exclaimed, “What!? What just happened?” I can’t say this has ever happened before when I was reading a book and that is most definitely the sign of a good novel, or at least good storytelling.
- They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti | A free book that my friend, Dawn, lent me through Amazon/Kindle. It was probably not my favorite, but it wasn’t bad, just not my typical type of story and a bit predictable. But I needed a mindless book to cleanse my literary palate after the long, intense “A Clash of Kings…”
- The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley | This was a cheap kindle book that I purchased shortly after I got my Kindle when I was getting “special offers” right and left. It turned out to be a thinking woman’s romance novel and I quite liked it with its back story and historical fiction added in. Definitely a good read and if I were looking for a beach read, I’d download more of her books.
- Heat Wave (Nikki Heat 1) by Richard Castle | Simon and I are huge fans of the TV show Castle and Amazon was running a special on the Kindle edition of the book “written” by the main character in the show, Richard Castle. I read the favorable reviews and found it to be a quick read that was true to the TV characters. It certainly wasn’t high literature, but I think this is the year of mindless books for me – either that or the super intense.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | re-read on my weekend reality escape with my dear friend, Tracey. Cannot wait until the movie comes out.
So I accomplished that task of reading 12 books in 2011, though I probably could have done more had I not included the Ice and Fire series in my reading list for the year – those are each worth about three novels apiece. Alas.
In progress: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) by George R.R. Martin (my goodness is this one taking me FOREVER to get through).
Waiting on my Kindle to be read (this doesn’t include the plethora of hard copies I have in my possession): A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4) (George R.R. Martin), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith), Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir (Jennette Fulda), Pictures of You (Caroline Leavitt), Life of Pi (Yann Martel); and The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World (Kevin Malarkey)
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