So what I'm going to do instead, to make up for my failure to complete the series, is to write down a concise, short-but-sweet enumeration of my best and worst reads for 2011 (which was the original plan I had, anyway). I've read a lot of great books this year, but I think I can narrow the best ones down to 4, and they are the following:
(1) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides >>> Absolutely one of the best books written, ever. I loved it so much I still stare off into space whenever I am reminded of Cal Stephanides, and his life's travails. I'm looking forward to reading The Virgin Suicides and Eugenides' new work, The Marriage Plot, soon.
(2) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro >>> The slow but steady pace, and then that big wham near the end, wow. I mean, just, wow. Too bad I'm only allowed to give 5 stars for the best books, otherwise I'd have given this one a 6, it was that good.
(3) Life of Pi by Yann Martel >>> Notwithstanding issues on plagiarism and non-originality of the plot, I still appreciated this book for what it's worth.
(4) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness >>> The combination of elements extant in this debut novel was successful, and I will always love the preternatural aspect of things. Looking forward to the next installment in the series.
As for the worst, well, I could only think of one, and that's A Passage To India by E.M. Forster. I buddy-read this with my fellow book blogger and Goodreads friend Angus, who shares the same sentiments. When we finished reading this, we were like, what the hell was that all about...??!
2012 has just rolled around, and reading resolutions abound. As for me, I don't have any: I still don't intend to join any reading challenges for the number of books read for a specific period, I don't have any new genres to discover because I read everything, and I couldn't think of anything new I'd like to introduce on this blog. I will still read any book from any genre that I feel like reading, and I will still buy both print (brand-new or secondhand) and e-books.
Well, okay, there is one thing: I will attempt to whittle down my TBR pile to a more manageable level, and I will not hoard books especially bargain copies. Does this count as a reading resolution? :D Oh, and I think I should try reading more of the local books. In 2011, I read only two: Mina V. Esguerra's Fairy Tale Fail and Paolo Chikiamco's High Society. I really should start picking more Filipino stuff, right?
Looking forward to a good reading year in 2012 - just like the one I had in 2011. See you in a bit! :)