12 Books in 2011 : 5 Months In

In the beginning of 2011, I set a goal for myself to read twelve books in twelve months. The vision I originally had for my grand plan was one book per month, and then I was introduced to The Hunger Games and read the first two in the month of January alone. Oops. Then my book for March, Freaknomics, had an unfortunate encounter with some toilet water while I was cleaning (R.I.P Freakonomics) and my plan got derailed.

I am, however, pretty much right on track even if I haven’t exactly read one book each month of this year so far. Here are the books that my brain has consumed so far, linked to a synopsis, and my thoughts on each book:

  • The Hunger Games:  ZOMG, Hunger Games. It took me a few pages to get into the story but once I did, I devoured it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had dreams about it. I was a woman with an obsession. I made at least three of the women in my office start reading it and they, too, became obsessed. The book is well-written and imaginative, and it throws you into this world full of horrors where children are made to fight to the death. You find yourself in the heroine’s (the tough-as-nails Katniss Everdeen) place. It’s not graphic or gross as you might think; it is in fact geared toward young adults but like the Harry Potter books, is a good enough read for adults to take interest as well. If you haven’t already started this trilogy, DO IT. NOW.
  • Catching Fire: The second in The Hunger Games trilogy. I can’t say much about this book without giving away what happened in the first, but I loved this one as well. Not quite as much as The Hunger Games, but it was still fantastic and the ending will make you want to immediately read the third. In fact, if you go and pick this one up just go ahead and get a copy of the next one which is…
  • Mockingjay: Harder to get through than the first two in the trilogy, but still a very good read. Katniss’s character changes a lot in this book; she is jaded by all that she has seen and forced to do and it makes her have a lot more depth. A lot of people say they don’t like the change she went through, but I believe in order to make a character multi-dimensional and interesting they have to evolve and change. I really liked the ending to the trilogy, but of course was left wanting more. The story was so fantastic and swept you into the world the author created, I couldn’t help but crave more!
  • Dead Reckoning: The latest installment in Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries… A.K.A “The books that True Blood is based off”. If you love True Blood but haven’t read the books yet, go NOW. Buy the first book, “Dead Until Dark” and kiss your social life goodbye as you tear through them with reckless abandon. This chapter in the Sookie Stackhouse Saga was better than her last one, but still not my favorite. I really enjoyed the introduction to a few new mythical beings and gaining more insight into Sookie’s family background and history. And of course there was a pretty good amount of the ever-sexy vampire Eric, who is my book and TV boyfriend (sorry honey). Chances are if you’re contemplating reading this, it’s only because you are already a fan of the series and just haven’t gotten your hands on a copy yet. If you haven’t started the series.. DO IT.

Those are the books that I have read so far this year. I just began my fifth book of the year which puts me pretty well on schedule, even if I have deviated from my original “book a month” plan. I’m currently reading She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, and though I’m only a few pages in I am loving it. It is some of the best writing that I have ever read, and even though I’ve heard it’s depressing I cannot wait to read more. In fact, once I finish writing this post I’m going to settle in on the couch and dive in!

What books have you read so far this year? Have any suggestions for me?