2012 Goal Recap – Books – Part 4

Here is the final update on what I’ve been reading this year! I am super proud to say I surpassed my goal of reading 15 new to me books. I actually read 35! Like I said in my last update I never thought I’d read this many in a year. Forcing myself to read was the best, I realized I wasn’t as picky as I thought and that I really just needed to find a niche. I’m so thankful for amazon’s suggestions, they are almost always spot on.

I’ve only read five more books since my last update in early November but I guess that’s not really bad at all. 35 books in 12 months is just around 2.9 books per month so this is about right even though I didn’t set aside much time to read the last two months.

Since early November I’ve read…
The Price by Natalie McLennan.
Whore Stories by Tyler Stoddard Smith.
Sinner Takes All by Tera Patrick.
The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum.
The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger.

My favorite from this small group was The Contortionist’s Handbook which I actually found by accident while looking for an actual book on contorting. (I want to learn so bad!) After seeing it was actually a novel I was pretty bummed until I saw that my all time favorite author, Chuck Palahniuk, said “I swear to God this is the best book I have read in easily five years. Easily. Maybe ten years.” about the book. So I bought it. It sat in my to read pile for a while until I started running low on books I was super stoked to tear into to. Finally mid November I started reading it and oh my gosh, all I can say is – why did I wait so long?! It was SO good. Craig Clevenger immediately won over a new fan. I loved his style of writing. The story was great, I was instantly enthralled. It was the kind of book I found really hard to put down. He apparently has only written one other book, Dermaphoria, which I put it on my wishlist as soon as I finished The Contortionist’s Handbook. Why do all these great authors with books that are AMAZING only write one or two books?! I’m looking at you Katherine Dunn!

The others were okay, nothing to write home about. The Poisoner’s Handbook started off really strong but I often found myself bored and trying to just get through it. I want so badly to say I loved it since it really was packed with interesting facts and information but when it really comes down to it I probably wouldn’t re-read it.

The other 30 books I read this year can be found in these posts – Part One, Part Two, Part Three. My top seven from this year are…  drum roll, please..
The Dead Janitors Club by Jeff Klima .
The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger.
Curtains by Tom Jokinen.
Bonk by Mary Roach.
Stiff by Mary Roach.
Packing For Mars by Mary Roach.
Spook by Mary Roach.

I’ll definitely be making another reading goal for 2013. I want to keep up this momentum, find more authors to love and more subjects to dive into.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • I give you so many props for reading so much this year! I just recently got into the site goodreads, and that's inspired me to try to pick up more books. I'd complain that it's 'so hard' with college – I read so many textbooks, I can barely lift a fru-fru novel in the evenings – but really, it's hard anytime. Anyway, this is such a great idea and I can't wait to hear about your latest good reads!!

  • I set a goal on Goodreads.com to read 44 books this year. So far I've read 52! I really like goodreads because there are suggestions and wishlists and I can see what my friends are reading! I'm on the last few days of a Thailand vacation and all I want to do is lie in a hammock and read!

  • I get the feeling you're a fan of Mary Roach…
    Lovely post. It's always interesting to hear about what other people are reading. I will definitely be checking out some of these books.

  • Well done you! I think it's a good idea to read books that you would normally not read. I've yet to cross that bridge. I tend to read genres in phases and I'm currently sort of stuck between only 2 authors: Philippa Gregory and Deborah Harkness. I'm a girl on a mission for 2013–I intend to read more and I'll add The Contortionist's Handbook to my reading list!