Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Books Read in 2011!

Every year I keep a list of the books, I've read. I'm always amazed by how many it numbers, and this year, more so than ever. I felt like I hardly read at all. That was the one depressing thing about writing so much and all the lovely, yummy contracts that came with deadlines this year. It meant my reading potential decreased :( In the end though, I only read 12 books less than I did last year, so I guess it wasn't too terrible. I'm hoping for a lot more in 2012 - somehow!!

Here's the 52 books I read in 2011 (with an * next to the ones that truly captivated me from start to finish):

Perfect Kate - Bec Sampson
Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles *
Goodnight, Beautiful - Dorothy Koomson *
Every Girl's Secret Fantasy - Robyn Grady
Best Laid Plans - Sarah Mayberry
Blue Skies - Fleur McDonald
The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella
Claudia's Big Break - Lisa Heidke *
Molly Cooper's Dream Date - Barbara Hannay *
St Piran's: Rescuing Pregnant Cinderella - Carol Marinelli
The Woman He Loved Before - Dorothy Koomson
Shattered Sky - Helene Young
Heart of Gold - Fiona Palmer *
The Ice-Cream Girls - Dorothy Koomson *
Beyond Fear - Jaye Ford *
A Daddy For Jacoby - Christyne Butler
Getting Even With Fran - Christine Stinson
The Man She Loves to Hate - Kelly Hunter
North Star - Karly Lane
Shipwrecked With Mr Wrong - Nikki Logan
Addition - Toni Jordan
Rules of Attraction -  Simone Elkeles
The Search - Nora Roberts
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
Cupcakes and Killer Heels - Heidi Rice
Exclusively Yours - Shannon Stacy *
Undeniably Yours - Shannon Stacy
Meddling With The Millionaire - Cat Schield
When One Night Isn't Enough - Wendy Marcus
Road Signs - M.J. Frederick
It Started With A Pregnancy - Scarlet Wilson
Lakeshore Christmas - Susan Wiggs
Last Summer - Kylie Ladd
Marrying Daisy Bellamy - Susan Wiggs **** BEST READ OF 2011***
Promises - Cathryn Hein *
Secrets and Speed-dating - Leah Ashton *
The Secret History of a Good Girl - Aimee Carons
Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
Turn It Up - Inez Kelly
Young Wives - Adele Parks
Tempted by Trouble - Liz Fielding
Lola's Secret - Monica McInerney *
Summer at Willow Lake - Susan Wiggs
When Harriet Came Home - Coleen Kwan
Irresistible - Susan Mallery
What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty *
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
The First Night of Christmas - Heidi Rice
Mistletoe and Margaritas - Shannon Stacey
Nowhere Else - Fiona McCallum
Yours to Keep - Shannon Stacey

I'd love to know some of your best reads for 2011 and maybe I'll add them to my massive, ever-growing TBR pile for 2012!!


Toni Anderson said...

Wow, Rachel. I can't believe you keep a list. Must try some of these.

Anonymous said...

I love Goodreads ... It keeps my list for me.
I have a couple from your list on my TBR list
You inspired me. I've just made a list of my fave 10... So I'll have to blog them soon.

Rachael Johns said...

Hi Toni - yep, even though I'm on Goodreads, I still keep a list too. Although I'm scared I missed one or two books off.

Hi Michelle - glad to have inspired you and I can't wait to read YOUR list!

Natalie said...

A book a week! Cool. And a few favourite authors I see there. I can't wait to read Marrying Daisy Bellamy, too.
Here's a few of my favourites: Flirting with Forty (Jane Porter), Chances and Secrets (Freya North), Animal Magnetism (Jill Shalvis), Dream a Little Dream and Match me if you Can (Susan Elizabeth Phillips), Explosive Eighteen (Janet Evanovich). And category: Shipwrecked with Mr Wrong and A Kiss to Seal the Deal (Nikki Logan), Heart of a Hero (Barbara Wallace), Nikki and the Lone Wolf (Marion Lennox). Heaps more read but a bit of a blur now. Chances probably my favourite.

Eleni Konstantine said...

Great job, Rach! I have some on my TBR pile but I will have to check out others as well.

I recently finished Captive by Christina Phillips -brilliant. As well as J.R. Ward's 'The Rebel' (writing as Jessica Bird) and Anna Campbell's 'Temp the Devil', Tracey O'Hara's 'Death's Sweet Embrace.' I've read a many more great books this year.

Happy reading in 2012!

Rachael Johns said...

Natalie - I didn't even realise it was a book a week. That sounds quite good :) And thanks so much for your list - there's a few on there that are DEFINITELY going on mine!

Eleni - see some fabulous Aussie authors on that list! We are so lucky to have so many talented writers down under :)

Megan said...

I also did a similar list on my blog today but I didn't come anywhere close to reading the same amount of books as you! Well done :)

I really wanna read Marrying Daisy Bellamy now! I hadn't heard of it so thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!

Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

Rachael Johns said...

Thanks for stopping by Megan - off to check out your blog :)

Joanne Dannon said...

Like Michelle, I also love Goodreads - can't believe I've read 84 this year.

Hoping to finish the cat romance I'm currently reading before tomorrow night and make it 85 :)

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Great list you!
(word verification is listign...)
I reckon you read a few more of mine though (champ that you are!!)

Anonymous said...

Um that was bec above...

Rachael Johns said...

WOW Joanne - 84 is AMAZING!!! I didn't read too many category, so maybe that's why I'm slowing down :)

Bec - lol, yes, I definitely read all the brilliant LIFER as well, and maybe AP as well too :) But I loved them all!

Leah Ashton said...

I'm another that is so impressed you keep a list! And I'm so honoured that I got a little asterisk :)

This year has been basically a book drought, although I've been on holiday the past two weeks and have been reading up a storm - heaven! For some reason I've been devouring historical romances - Lorraine Heath, Pamela Morsi and Jennifer Ashley. I received What Alice Forgot for Christmas, so I'm looking forward to reading that, too. AND, of course, re-reading One Perfect Night ;)

Rachael Johns said...

Leah - your book DESERVED the asterix!!

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