An Evaluation of my 2011 reading Challenge (Originally Posted from my FB notes)

This is an evaluation of the books-to-read in 2011 list I’ve made earlier this year. Im glad that I was able to read more books this year than last year with a target of  reading at least 20 books  this year and so far, I was able to read 9 books for the month of July alone so I’m trying to beat that record this August. Unfortunately, most of the books I’ve read in July were not in my list so I think it would be better to evaluate or rather monitor  how much I have achieved in completing my reading goal and here it is:

Original to-read List:

1. Dracula by Bam Stoker – not done yet (boo!) perhaps will read it this August (hmm)

2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Check. I’ve read it with a reading buddy at goodreads.com. Not the usual kind of love story but I like it.)

3. Mansfied Park by Jane Austen – (Check. Finally I was able to get trough the book but the ending was very disappointing)

4. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom – (check)

5. Jane Eyre – Check. But I want to re-read it.

6. The Life of PI –

7. The Time traveller’s Wife

8. Atonement

9. The Stand

10. Sense and Sensibility

11. Northranger Abbey

12. Pilgrim’s Progress

13. Passion and Purity

14. Ethical Ambition

15. Captain Correli’s Mandolin

16. Through the Looking glass

17. Wizard of Oz

18.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl– Check. I enjoyed reading this book.

19. 1984

20. The Last Lecture

Total -5/20

Books I’ve read this year that are not in my list

1. I Kissed Dating goodbye by Joshua Harris

2. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

3. Percy Jackson: The Sea of monters by Rick Riordan

4. Percy Jackson: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

5. Percy Jackson: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

6. Percy Jackson: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

7. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

8. Are you there God? It’s Me Margareth by Judy Blume

9. The Catcher in the Rye by J,D. Salinger

10. No Strings Attached by Mina Esguerra

11. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

12. Princess Diaries 1 by Meg Cabot

13. Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan by Bob Ong

14. Si Tandang Basio Macunat by Fray Miguel Lucio y Bustamante

15. Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

16. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Currently Reading:

1. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

4. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

See, how impulsive I am even in my reading choice? Most of the books in my read list this year are unplanned but I will still do my best to read all those in my original list before the year ends.

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A Forester’s Book Blog

Oh well, here I go again, creating a new blogsite, a book blog that is, when I can’t even maintain my supposed to be anonymous personal blog site. It’s been a year since I’ve written my last post in my original blogsite because one, I’m too lazy to organize and write my thoughts in a blog, two, my  writing really sucks, and three, I’m more of a reader than a writer. Oh yes, Im a reader and not a writer so why am I creating this blog again?!

I love reading books but because of my hectic schedule lately, I can’t really find time to pick up even one book from my increasing pile of books to read in 2011, which mostly are carry over of my unread books in 2010. Then last July, I discovered goodreads, an online catalog site for book lovers, where you can find a lot of book reviews and recommendations. Thinking that this site would help me get motivated to finish my 2011 reading challenge, I decided to sign up and create an account and indeed, the website is really great for I did not only find good book reviews and recommendations but also meet new friends.

In this site, you are also allowed to write reviews and discussions about the books you’ve read so my writing and critical thinking skills are really being challenged so I decided why not give book blogging a try to improve my skills. And so this blog is born. I may not be able to write here regularly but I’ll make sure to update my book blog from time to time.