Thursday, 29 December 2011

A Year in Books

Today is December 29th, which marks one year since I started the 50 book challenge. I ended up reading 210 books, although that number would have been much lower if I hadn't been out of school/work for so long. You can see the list of all the books I read here. I probably read something like 20 books in 2010, and  having this blog definitely helped me read more. Earlier, someone asked me if I was going to post a picture of all the books I read this year. I can't do this since a) a number of them were from the library and b) there are too many to photograph without difficulty. Instead, I decided to list and photograph some of my favourites. Ones listed but not in the photograph are from the good ol' library. I didn't include rereads because if I reread a book it's one of my favourites anyways. So, if you look at my book challenge and wondered why I didn't list The Book Thief or The Hunger Games as a favourite, that's why.

Favourite Junior Fiction Books  
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
The Little Prince by  Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

Favourite YA Books
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan 
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Favourite Adult Fiction
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay 
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


  1. Hey there... I found your Tumblr by chance, fell in love with it and then found my way here! I'm a huge book lover who loves to smell books too :D I'm obsessed with how awesome your bookshelves look! I'm planning to redo my entire book collection when I get my own apartment next year, and your bookshelves is one of the top inspirations! :D
    Just wanted to ask if you have any tips for maintaining your books? Sometimes the books get unsightly yellow spots on their pages, even though I keep them in a closed shelf or drawer...

  2. Hey! I don't actually have any tips for taking care of my books, although I do try and dust the shelves frequently. Good luck on your own bookshelves!



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