Year End Number Crunch 2012

I saw this post on my friend Suey’s blog. I thought it was a great idea and I decided to do it myself. (Just don’t compare her list to mine. I don’t measure up in the least.)

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Total Books

Total Books Read: 24 (1 more book than I read last year)
Total Rereads: 9
Total Pages: 9,949

Authors

Men: 7
Women: 10
Utah Authors: 4
New-to-Me Authors: 10

For

Book Club: 7
Challenges: 6
Reviews for ARCs Received: 1
Read Alongs: 2

From

Library: 5
Own: 17
Kindle: 5
Borrowed: 2

Categories

YA and MG: 15
Adult: 9

Genres From the YA Category

Science Fiction/Fantasy: 14
Romance: 4
Historical Fiction: 1
Other (contemporary fiction): 1
Middle Grade: 4

Genres From the Adult Category

Non-fiction: 2
Classics: 2
Science Fiction/Fantasy: 2
Romance: 2
Mystery/Thriller: 2

Goodreads Stats 2012

Observations

  • I didn’t read nearly as many books as I wanted to.
  • Sadly, I was 51 pages off from reading 10,000 pages this year.
  • This year was definitely a reread year.
  • Normally, I don’t give out mostly 5 stars. Only 3 new books received 5 stars; the rest were rereads.
  • I didn’t go out of my comfort zone much this year.
  • I didn’t listen to any audiobooks.
  • I read two non-fiction books?! Wow!
  • I read two classics like I wanted to. It’s about the only goal I accomplished reading-wise this year.
  • I’m glad I finally read Pride and Prejudice!
  • I reread The Book of Mormon and got halfway through The Old Testament.
What about you? What have you observed about your reading habits this past year?

Neverfall by Brodi Ashton

UBWhen I heard that Brodi was writing a novella for the Everneath series from Cole’s perspective, I got really excited. Cole intrigued me in both Everneath and Everbound. I always questioned his motives and I wanted to know more about what he thought. I wasn’t disappointed with Neverfall in the least; I definitely got to know Cole and his motives more in this short 100-page ebook.

Other than the standard, “How was it?” question, I anticipate being asked two others. First, is Neverfall worth buying since it’s not really needed to further the story in the Everneath series? And, second, will it spoil anything in Everbound? The answer to the first question is a resounding yes, especially if you’re intrigued by Cole like I am and if you’re always questioning his motives. There are answers to questions I never thought about but now I’m glad I know because it helps me solidify my feelings for Cole better. And, there are a few small reveals from Everneath that I found fascinating! Sure, I wouldn’t have died had I not known them, but I love that I do know them now.

The answer to the second question is no. Neverfall won’t ruin anything in Everbound for you. There are a few things you just assume while reading Everbound and Neverfall just explains the background a little.

The thing I’m wondering now is whether the events in Neverfall will affect the third book. I want to know if any of the people, or especially the knowledge we learn, affect how things will play out, how Nikki will accomplish her goals. It’ll definitely be interesting to see.

December Book Club

For December, we read Unwind by Neal Shusterman. I was only a third of the way done with Unwind when I went to book club. My thoughts haven’t really changed from what I said at book club, though.

Here are the thoughts from the group:

  • Only three people read it and one (me) partially read it.
  • Two people thought it was too unbelievable and didn’t like it because of that. Although, they did like Shusterman’s writing.
  • Two people aren’t interested in reading the sequel Unwholly while two others, including myself, are mildly interested in reading it.
  • Most of us talked about our thoughts on pro-life vs. pro-choice and what situations, if there were any, that we’d make exceptions for our feelings/beliefs.
  • A few people were already familiar with Shusterman’s books, The Schwa was Here, being the most commonly read one.

We also did a book swap. I gave away a signed copy of Forest Born by Shannon Hale and I received The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume by Lisa Harris.

For next month, we’ll read The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind was this month’s book club book. I had heard nothing about it before going into the story. All I knew was that it was a dystopian set in the future where the pro-life/pro-choice war had been fought and “settled.”

In reading Unwind, I was forced to think about a very radical approach to a very unlikely possible outcome to a war between pro-life and pro-choice supporters. Sadly, I could see some parents actually unwinding their children, especially for profit and if they were fed the right mumbo jumbo or propaganda about it. But, I couldn’t see the “Bill of Life” actually passing; I don’t think, at least I hope, anyone would let something as drastic as this become law. For the sake of the story, I was able to get passed this, though, and still enjoy the book for was it was.

What I liked about Unwind is that it’s written in different third-person limited perspectives, mainly from the three protagonists–Connor, Risa, and Lev. Every now and then, however, another perspective is inserted and I found theirs the most interesting. While I grew to like the main three, Connor and Risa more than Lev, their perspectives were what I would expect from someone in their situations. The others, however, weren’t expected and it gave an insight to other things going on in this world; it helped fill in the gaps where Connor, Risa, and Lev couldn’t.

I’m glad I read Unwind and I thought it was a very interesting take on abortion. I’m mildly curious about Unwind‘s sequel Unwholly, but Unwind ends with a resolved enough ending that I’m not chomping at the bit to find out how the story continues/resolves.

Follow Friday

This week’s featured blogger from Parajunkee’s View is Meg from The Book Asylum. This week’s featured blogger from Alison Can Read is Samaine from Bookworms Avenue.

This week’s Follow Friday question is: What book do you think everyone should read? If you could gift the entire population with one book?

Like Parajunkee said in her response, I should probably say something like The Bible. But, right now, I’m obsessed with Everbound by Brodi Ashton. It comes out in less than a month and it was a great sequel to Everneath. It didn’t suffer from second-book syndrome, which makes it even better, and I’m now that much more anxious to read the final book in a year.

What about you?

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