Reading - Favorites from 2011 and Goals for 2012

My One Word is supposed to keep me from making vague resolutions that I really have no likelihood of keeping. But I do like setting goals. It helps me cast vision for the year, and give me some clear objectives. The last few years, I've tried setting goals in several different areas of life (physical, intellectual, spiritual, etc.). Some have been better than others. Last year, I set a very ambitious reading goal for me. I wanted to read a book each week. I didn't make it very far, for several reasons. Mainly, I was just really tired. I didn't exactly have it in me. But I did read a decent number of books last year.  These were some of my favorites and ones that you definitely don't want to miss!

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand (Author of Seabiscuit)

One of the best books I've ever read. Beautiful, redemptive story. Cried my way through the end.


 Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Go ahead and read all three of them.



Bossypants, by Tina Fey

Simply hilarious. Tina Fey is a hero.



 Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir... Of Sorts,

by Ian Cron

Maybe my favorite read of the year. Ian Cron's voice is refreshing, and his story is heartbreaking and hopeful.

This year, I’m rebooting this goal and going after it again, but just a little different. I’ve scaled back a bit, and will try for 36 books this year. That’s three a month. It is doable, but it will still take time and discipline. Setting a goal like this helps give me discipline to actually finish books (rather than juggle 3 or 4 at a time). I'll be keeping track of my books read over at Goodreads, if you want to follow along.

My first read of the new year: Duskwalker, by my friend, Jay. It's weird to say your friend wrote a novel. But it was awesome! And I can't wait for it to be published. So, kudos, Jay! Congrats on finishing your novel, and thanks for letting me read it.

Any recommendations of books I should read this year?