I am pretty astonished, but I just finished the last book on the list. Overall, this was the toughest year yet for reading. So much going on in life and few of the books I chose really resonated with me. I didn't read anything that I hated, but several books (e.g., Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Confidence Man, and To the Wedding) I could appreciate for what the author was doing, but just couldn't say it moved me. Hindsight took a while because it was one of the most poorly written books I've ever encountered. That made it all the more sad because the idea behind the book was brilliant.
The only three books that really stood out this year were Wanting Seed, The Professor's House, and Catcher in the Rye. All made me want to read more by the respective authors.
I ended the year reading 24 books of which 11 came from my own shelves. Of these, 7 were from the 1001 book list.
Most of the books I ended up enjoying this year came not from the list of must reads but from others I encountered (book club reads, random reads, and suggestions from friends.)
Here's my top 5 for the year:
- Millennium Series – Stieg Larsson
- Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
- Room – Emma Donoghue
- Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk
- Professor's House – Willa Cather
So, wrapping up: I succeeded in reading a lot of books I had been putting off. I'm glad to have finished them all, but I'm hoping for more engrossing reading in 2011.