After abandoning the 100-books-a-year goal, I thought I had slowed down and read less. I was wrong: I kept up the same number of books and actually read more pages than in the previous quarter. And this while balancing a lot of work and family life! Yay!
But I know exactly what kept me reading: finally finding me some good books. 2011 had been a year of poor choices, so far, but in July things changed, so I read A Game of Thrones and thought “Finally! It’s not perfect but it’s way better than anything I read so far this year”, and then I read Romanitas and went “Wow, this is even better!”, and then I read The Agony and the Ecstasy and almost cried (yes, it’s that good. Just wait for the review, or go and read it yourself.)
Now for the stats:
Total books read: 19
(Year total: 58)
Total pages read: 5973
(Year total: 18014)
- in English: 7 books, 2922 pages
- in Italian: 6 books, 2464 pages
- in French: 4 books, 459 pages
- the 2 remaining books were in minority languages
By author’s nationality:
- 9 books from USA
- 4 books from France
- 2 books from UK
- 1 book each from Italy, Lebanon, Russia and Austria
Best book this quarter: I may be biased, because I just finished it last night, but I was fascinated: it’s The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone.
Best book so far: The Agony and the Ecstasy beats all!
Challenges completed: none. But I’ve been reading a lot for my Travel With Books project.
Travel With Books Reading Project update: I have two more books to finish Vienna, which we visited this summer. Then I’ll move to some Lisbon-based books (I hope to finish + visit before Christmas) and start again on Andalusia, where we should be able to go in 2012. There is also a mystery destination that we should visit later this year, but I’m not sure I will manage to read about it — I’m not ready to disclose it yet, because the last time(s) I wrote about places we planned to visit, and wrote it before buying flight tickets, we then had to cancel our plans altogether…