#reverb 12: reading

What has been your favourite book or blog or magazine you've read this year? (Author: Carolyn Rubenstein)

One of the goals on my 34 x 34 list was to read more, specifically, to read 15 books this year. Now, for many of you that may seem like a lot or not very many, at all. I love to read; my whole life I've been a reader. I would get in trouble as a kid for reading past my bedtime, reading with a flashlight under the covers. I love bookstores, all those stories just waiting to be discovered. Once I started my Ph.D. program and had a ton of reading for class, I felt like there was never time to read for fun or maybe I saw it as a distraction. And while writing my dissertation I was consumed with my own work. I managed to read over my breaks and the summers were usually full of reading, but not with any real commitment. So, for the past few years I've made a conscious effort to read more. I listen to a lot of books as I drive. I've also read several books on my iPad, which I love. Here are the books I read this year:

My two favorites from this year are, without a doubt, The Night Circus and The Tiger's Wife, both of which I listened to in the car and recently finished. I also really liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series. 

Here is what I wrote about The Night Circus when I finished reading it: 

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I listened to the audio book which has a spectacular reader and I absolutely could not get enough of this story. I was hooked almost instantly. This novel is vibrant and descriptive and yes, magical. I have been waiting for a novel this good, one that inspired and intrigued me so I could tell all of my friends to read it and this is definitely that book. 

I would say it is my favorite book of this year. I highly recommend The Tiger's Wife, though and the Dragon Tattoo series, though be prepared for violence if you read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I believe the books are brilliant and I am sad that the series has ended.

Right now I'm reading A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan and am only three chapters in and I feel like I will read it pretty quickly. I'm still waiting for Gone Girl from the library; I'm on the waiting list. I am trying really hard not to buy any physical books this year.

What did you read this year? And what should I be reading next?