Happy New Year!

It’s that time again, the time when I look back on my year of reading and think, “I could have done better.” Not that my year of reading was bad; actually, I’ve read a ton of awesome books this year, including some potential faves forever. But, you know, I could have not read that one terrible book or I could have read more books in translation or I could have listened to more audiobooks or whatever. It happens.

I’m also looking back on my year of blogging and thinking, “Goodness, it’s like I haven’t been here at all!” I was all sorts of energetic last January, even reserving the right to become more ambitious with the blog! Oh, how I laugh at my one-year-younger self. She’s so precious.

Obviously I’m terrible at resolutions, so I’m just going to say that this year I plan to keep on reading and keep on letting you guys know what I think about the things I read, and if inspiration strikes I may write other things from time to time. I think I can handle that. 🙂

Well, I’d better get started on writing about all the books I read while on winter break, so for now I will leave you with this list of five books that I read in 2012 that you should absolutely go read right now if you haven’t already.

The List
1. Gone Girl. All your friends have read it, so even if you hate it (which I hear is possible), at least you’ll be able to hate it loudly with other people?
2. The Fault in Our Stars. Because you need to have read a John Green book in your life, and this one’s probably the most universal.
3. A Confederacy of Dunces. The inanity of the book will break your brain, but it will make you feel much better about your own life.
4. The Man from Primrose Lane. This book will also break your brain, but in a completely different way.
5. The Phantom Tollbooth. I read the annotated version this year, but you can skip that and go straight to the unadulterated original, which is far and away my favorite book ever.

3 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Carl V. says:

    I wonder if I ever actually read The Phantom Tollbooth. I have this idea that I’ve read it but I wonder if it is based in reality. 🙂

    It is hard to look back on a year and think about all the books left unread and knowing there are many more one will be adding to the pile in the new year. Still, that part is also fun and exciting too. A catch-22 if there ever was one.

    I wish you a very happy 2013!

    • Alison says:

      Thanks! May yours be happy as well! And as to PT, I was first introduced to it as an excerpt in my Childcraft books, so you may have seen an excerpt somewhere as well? Or watched the really weird TV-movie version that I can never stay awake to finish?

      • Carl V. says:

        I know I haven’t seen a television version. I’m sure its just one of those books that has been in the social consciousness for so long that I feel as if I should have read it.

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