I have been making good progress with my 2012 Reading Challenge. I finished three easy books over the last week. Coincidentally, two of them have movie versions… that I have yet to watch. Even the book that I am currently reading has a movie version. Is this a theme forming? I could.
Anyway, thank you for the great feedback to Part 1 of this “look back” to 2011. Also, huge thanks to author Max Allan Collins for taking the time to comment and posting a link to that entry on his blog. It means so much to me and it makes all this worth it.
What you will see on this next batch of books are titles that I have reviewed on this blog. It was around this time that I started this little baby. So I probably won’t say all that much about them. So without further ado, here’s part two.
19. The Art of Saying Goodbye by Ellyn Bache *
This was one of the first books that I won off of GoodReads First Reads. I remember it came in the mail wrapped in a cute ribbon. This book was sad but very inspiring. It’s sort of “looking at the brighter things in life” kind of thing when faced with a terminal illness.
20. Daphne and the Silver Ash by Joss Llewelyn *
This was my first author-sponsored review. Meaning, the author contacted me personally and gifted me a copy of his book for review considerations. It is such a gratifying feeling to hear kind words from an author. It is nice to know your work is appreciated.
21. Dominance by Will Lavender *
How much did I love this book? A LOT. The last two-three pages were so worth it. Even my mother loved it. (Yes, we recommend books to each other.) This is the first ever book that I won off First Reads. My ARC of this book is so well-loved. I think it’s with my brother now, in the Philippines. I can’t wait for him to read it!
22. The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff *
I’m not very big into romantic stories. But I liked this one. I thought it was sweet and very feel-good. Like the other books so far, I also won this from First Reads.
23. Love a la Carte by Jeffrey Stepakoff *
I got it for free on the B&N site. A companion piece to The Orchard. I think it was promoted as an introduction/teaser to the novel but I think you’d have to have read that in order to fully understand this.
24. Nowhere to Go by Iain Rowan *
The first of many short story collections that I read last year. And I must say, I enjoyed them a lot. This one in particular was pretty creative. I liked the variety and it was so interesting how it all tied up together.