And I thought last year was a tough one to find time to read. I had no idea how much busier I would get in 2011! Due to this I did not get through my list of 12 books this year. Well, technically. I did read 30 books in all, but only six from the list of 12 I chose. Other books kept coming my way from recommendations, book club meetings, and books my husband and I chose to listen to while commuting.
The good part of all that is it gave me a chance to re-evaluate my book list intentions. While it's the first time in 5 years I haven't made it through my to-read-by-year-end-list, I think I've learned something this year. Not necessarily from the book list per se, but it definitely applies.
Sometimes a deviation from the original path is ok, even necessary. It might not be what I envisioned. It might not even be what I would have chosen, but that doesn't mean there are no lessons to learn. In fact, it's those situations we never imagine ourselves in that usually teach us the most.
So, I'll just add the 6 books that didn't get read (or finished) this year to 2012 and move forward.
My top 3 reads for the year:
- Bossypants – Tina Fey
- Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann
- Await Your Reply – Dan Chaon
Here's to whatever 2012 has in store, be it books or otherwise.