I know you all have been sitting on the edge of your chairs wondering how I did on my goal of reading one book a week for the year. I DID IT. On the nose. I read 52 books and then decided not to read one more this year. I am burnt out. (((Amended. I finished a book today called The Swiss Courier. It was pretty good. Ben was watching basketball so I had to start another book even though I thought I was done for the year. It was historical fiction from the WWII. I was reminded how much I like historical fiction. May need to add that to my list for 2010.)))
What I realized is that there are only a couple of really good authors. Then there a lot of authors who must just write to make money, and some authors that should never have picked up a pencil.
The favorite for the year was Charles Martin. I love his writing and am anxiously awaiting his next book to come out in June, 2010. I was also surprised to find I liked DreamHunter and DreamQuake by Elizabeth Knox. Those were suggested from a blog that Stephanie Meyer's keeps, author of the Twilight series.
I also really enjoyed Last Lecture and books by Cecelia Ahern and O, My Stars by Lorna Landvik. I found I do not like Ted Dekker, though there he does have a following,and I was really disappointed in Vanity Fair.
I still have a stack of books to read, though none of them are really screaming to me to read them. They may be put away for awhile.
Next year I plan to have a reading goal again but am changing it up a bit. I would like to read a few more classics, Christian books, ones on specific areas of the Bible and Jesus' life, and maybe some history books. I would like to stray from what I normally read and try some other genres. Not actually sure how I will put guidelines on my goal but I need to work on it.