It was a good reading year. Read 99 books, but didn’t realize it until it was too late to make a final push to reach the triple digit. But that’s ok, it’s a funny number!

In the future, I’ll remember 2011 as the year when…

  • I started tweeting
  • I started reading Patrick O’Brian
  • I realized that non-fiction can be as fun as fiction
  • I discovered how read-alongs can enhanced the reading experience
  • My TBR imploded

OVERVIEW 2011

Format

I’ve had my e-reader for two years but it still not part of my reading habits. On the other hand, I can’t live without my audiobooks.

 

 

 

 

 

Genres

Not an exact science, but it seems about right: lots of fantasy, historical, “literary fiction” and classics. I’m happy with this balance, most of the time I read what I feel like reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Type

The expected supremacy of fiction, although 12 non-fiction is a record. I had such a great experience with them that I’m determined to increase that figure in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

Languages

Something I want to work on. If I can read in different languages, why don’t I? Laziness might have something to do with it…

 

 

 

 

 

So with this in mind, these are my

PLANS FOR 2012

I don’t want to be too strict because it gives me great pleasure to spend time in front of the TBR shelf and chose what to read next without any restraints. All in all, I’m very happy and motivated about these five resolutions:

Less challenges, more read-alongs

In 2011 I participated (and completed) three challenges: One, Two Theme, Graphic Novels and Steampunk – I also entered four read-alongs with other book bloggers – Villette, The Discovery of HeavenSense and Sensibility and Heart of Darkness. Although I had fun with the challenges, read-alongs not only added to the reading experience, but also worked better for me in bringing me closer to the community.

So far I’ve only signed up to one Challenge: The Introverted Reader’s Southern Literature Challenge. Others might still lure me, but what I’m really looking forward to is participating in read-alongs, especially if they coincide with books already on my shelfs. If you know of any interesting ones, please let me know!

Read more in different languages

At least one in Spanish, two in French and five in my native Portuguese. The plan is to read originals and not translations.

Re-read more

Only re-read three books in 2011, but they were some of the best. The lure of the TBR is too strong, but I want to make time for old favorites in 2012. Several that come to mind: The Mists of Avalon, AtonementMansfield Park and Emma, some by classic Portuguese author Júlio Dinis, some by Guy Gavriel Kay (probably Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan).

Read War & Peace

Already have the audiobook, all 61 hours of it. That’s about five hours per month. I’m taking it easy, there’s no hurry.

Celebrate Dickens & Shakespeare

I’m not a Dickens fan and it’s likely I’ll give him up after I read Our Mutual Friend, which has been waiting in the shelf for a couple of years. In 2012 the world will celebrate Dickens’ 200th birthday and it seems the perfect opportunity to pick it up, but I’m not sure I’ll have the courage. Still, I’d like to somehow pay homage to him (I’m always up for celebrating authors, even if they’re not favorites), probably by reading Clare Tomalin’s new biography.

Confession: I’ve never read anything by Shakespeare, but this is the right time to change that. After all, there’s so much happening to celebrate his work this year.

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