Last year was the first one where I actually took stock of what and how much I read, all due to the fact that I participated in several reading challenges, as I will this year as well.
I honestly believed I’d read a 100 books a year which proved to be wrong as I only got as far as 76. I probably could hit a bigger number next year if I could force myself not to abandon some books in the middle of reading them (as then, they never count, you need to start and finish the book in the same year if you want it to count in a challenge).
I don’t think I’ll hit 100 this year but I will give it my best. 🙂
As I have a pretty good idea of the books I read, I knew that participating in the Speculative fiction challenge wouldn’t be a problem and it wasn’t. I participated as obsessed and read more than the necessary 24 books. 🙂 So, I’ll repeat that this year as well.
The Thriller and Suspense challenge I almost finished, I only needed one more book but that’s not so bad.
There were some other challenges throughout the year that lasted a season (Hogwarts, Summer reading challenge and Summer Romance challenge) of which I only finished the Hogwarts one (how surprising). 😉
Which I will probably finish this year as well what with the final movie hitting the cinemas and being addicted to those books as well. 🙂
Anyway, I hope you all have a good year in reading and I wonder how will I do by the end of this one.
The end of the year is upon us and it’s time to wrap up things that can be wrapped up. One of them is my participation in the Anita Blake reading challenge.
I am really glad I participated as I loved Anita since I read the first book about her and I don’t think that will ever stop. She is such a particularly unique character in the world of books that everyone who reads Laurell Hamilton’s books has strong feelings about her (either good or bad, but strong). Which in my opinion says a lot.
I expect I will re-visit the series again as I like the books a lot and feel like a glutton when reading through them (no stopping me). Since this was my second time around, and this time I didn’t have to wait for books to come out but could read the whole series through, I feel I got a better idea of the complicated inner world in which Anita battles each day, as well as the world of politics and metaphysics where she is forever trying to find a stable position. Even though she is a strong character (and ruthless when called for), she has a sof spot in my heart (and I know she has one in her heart due to all the love and friendship she displays throughout the books).
I know she is an imaginary character, but still she managed to show me how to be strong and persistent in the face of adversity, how much value should be put into true friendships and that love is always generous.
Hope you get to enjoy the series if you still haven’t and here is the list of books I read.
1. Guilty Pleasures
2. The Laughing corpse
3. Circus of the Damned
4. The Lunatic Cafe
5. Bloody Bones
6. The Killing Dance
7. Burnt Offerings
8. Blue Moon
9. Obsidian Butterfly
10. Narcissus in Chains
11. Cerulean Sins
12. Incubus Dreams
14. Danse Macabre
15. The Harlequin
16. Blood Noir
17. Skin Trade
P.S. I just didn’t read that one novella that I still can’t remember the name of and which isn’t listed on L. Hamilton’s site as a standalone work (all these are).