Thursday, January 12, 2012

State of the Blog: Part One, the Lists

Four times a year, I review the books I've read to that point and see what kind of progress I've made on my books lists and reading projects.  This winter review session is always my favorite because it is a wrap up of the books read by the end of the last calendar year.

This is the first of three quarterly blog assessment posts.  This first part addresses the book lists. Part Two, coming soon, will take a look at the author lists.  Part Three will deal with the challenges I joined this year.

My book lists are over in the right-side column. These are now divided into Prize Winners and "Must Reads" and include lists of books I have read or intend to read for some reason or another. Also in the right-side column are lists of my favorite authors. I add to these lists of lists from time to time.

NOTE: If you are working on any of these lists, please leave a comment here or on the post for the list (click on the title below or in the right-hand column) and leave a link to any related post. I will add the links on the list post. 

In 2011, I read 47 books from my book lists.  The list of all 115 books I read in 2011 is here.

THE PRIZE WINNERS



Books read in 2011: none


Books read in 2011: The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook (reviewed here).


Books read in 2011:

Books read in 2011:
  1. G by John Berger (reviewed here; read for my 2010 Battle of the Prizes, British Version, challenge);
  2. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (reviewed here; read for my 2011 Battle of the Prizes, British Version, challenge)


Books read in 2011:

Books read in 2011:one, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (reviewed here; read for my 2011 Battle of the Prizes, British Version, challenge).


Books read in 2011: none.


Books read in 2011: one, On Beauty by Zadie Smith (reviewed here)


Books read in 2011: one, The Human Stain by Philip Roth (reviewed here)


Books read in 2011:

THE "MUST READS"


Books read in 2011: one, Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (reviewed here)


Books read in 2011: All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (reviewed here; read for my 2011 Battle of the Prizes, American Version, challenge)


This list is from 99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939 by Anthony Burgess, which I finally read this year. My review is here

Books read in 2011: 

Books read in 2011: one, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.


Books read in 2011:


Books read in 2011:


Books read in 2011:
I've read many foodie books that weren't cookbooks.  I think I'll start a new list.


Books read in 2011:

Books read in 2011:

Books read in 2011:

Books read in 2011:

LT EARLY REVIEWERS

Books read in 2011:


Books read in 2011: none.


Books read in 2011: zero (finished this list a couple of years ago).


Books read in 2011:
  1.  The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James; and
  2.  Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor.


Books read in 2011: none.


Books read in 2011:


Books read in 2011: none so far. Who knows if the list will change this year.


This is a new list that I just created in 2011. I plan to make more progress in 2012 when I participate in the Venice in February Challenge.

Books read in 2011:


Books read in 2011: All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (reviewed here; read for my 2011 Battle of the Prizes, American Version, challenge)


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