So I hit a bit of a rough patch at the end of the year in terms of my reading goal, but I'm very proud of myself that I fell only twelve short of my book-a-week goal. I developed some serious reading ADD in the fall and didn't seem to finish anything I started (and the same seemed to be true of a lot of the projects I began around then).
Above you can see one of the many in-progress book stacks around my home. I'm trying to pare these down before I begin anything new, and I'm making good progress so far. I'm almost through with The Two Towers (How have I never read that one before?), and I'm really enjoying Inner Alchemy. Hopefully I'll have some of these finished in my next reading post.
Without further ado, on the the books that I actually did finish:
Red Glove by Holly Black. How is Holly Black this amazing? I want so badly to read the last book in this series, but I don't know that I can bear for it to be over. I'll just have to summon the courage, I suppose.
Silver is for Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz. This has been such a fun series to read. I love the blend of mystery and magic.
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I read most of this book on my latest camping trip with Maggie, and it was so much fun. It's a modern horror book written in a Victorian style, which is just the perfect blend of flowery language and quick pace. I'd love to read more of Susan Hill's work.
Red is for Remembrance by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I couldn't resist the conclusion to this series for long. I enjoyed the pacing of these books and zipped right through them quite happily.
Mad Ship by Robin Hobb. Every time I read another Robin Hobb book (with her winding stories about dragons and politics), I feel I should be reading the other series with dragons and politics, but I just can't tear myself away from her tales. However, I promised Tony I'd finish Game of Thrones before I picked up the next book in this series.
The Goddess is in the Details by Deborah Blake. I read this book years ago and fell in love with Deborah Blake's style. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in Goddess religions, since she writes in a very matter-of-fact and approachable way. This book is one of my favorites of hers and it was a wonderful re-read.
The Witch's Broom by Deborah Blake. When I spotted this book in my local witchy store, I couldn't pass it up. It's full of really fun broom lore and trivia, activities, crafts, and more, and, of course, it has plenty of black cats sprinkled throughout.
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach. Has anyone here not read Johnathan Livingston Seagull? If so, you should amend that right away. This is the second book I've read by Richard Bach, and it's just as wonderful as the first. It's a great retelling of the Jesus or Siddhartha story in a modern setting, and it left me with some wonderful ideas to ponder. A perfect read to end the year.