15 October 2011

100 Books for 2011: Progress Post

Latest Reads.

At the start of this year, I set a goal for myself: 100 novels for the year 2011

It wasn't exactly a challenge. I love reading! But medical school makes you half-illiterate. You become well-versed in the language of body parts and illnesses and drugs, but otherwise your language skills regress (spelling included heh). You are well-read on pneumonia and heart disease, but you scarcely read anything else except for Harry Potter once a year before the movie comes out. I just felt like I needed to make a conscious effort to read more non-medical stuff.

As of five minutes ago, I've finished 72 novels, for a total of 28,189 pages. I'm an unabashed bookworm. :D

So far, I've found myself two new favorite authors: Michael Palmer and Lisa See. I've also grown fond of the characters of Special Agent Pendergast (Lincoln and Child), Dr. Jon Smith of Ludlum's Covert-One novels and Dexter the lovable psychopath. My favorite novel for the year is Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

For a complete list of the books I've read this year, read on. =)

1. The Hunger Games
2. Catching Fire
3. The Mockingjay

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
5.The Girl who Played with Fire
6. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

SPECIAL AGENT PENDERGAST NOVELS (Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child) 
7. Relic
8. Reliquary
9. Cabinet of Curiosities
10. Still Life with Crows
11. Brimstone
12. Dance of Death
13. The Book of the Dead
14.The Wheel of Darkness
15. Cemetery Dance
16. Fever Dream
17. Cold Vengeance

DISCWORLD NOVELS (Terry Pratchett)
18. Making Money
19. Guards Guards Guards!
20. Nightwatch
21. Unseen Academicals
22. Equal Rites
23. Mort
24. Sourcery
25. Eric

DEXTER NOVELS (Jeff Lindsay)
26. Darkly Dreaming Dexter
27. Dearly Devoted Dexter
28. Dexter in the Dark
29. Dexter by Design
30. Dexter is Delicious

SCARPETTA NOVELS (Patricia Cornwell)
31. Book of the Dead
32. Scarpetta
33. The Scarpetta Factor

34. The Hades Factor (with Gayle Lynds)
35. The Cassandra Compact (with Philip Shelby)
36. The Paris Option (with Gayle Lynds)
37. The Altman Code (with Gayle Lynds)
38. The Lazarus Vendetta (with Patrick Larkin)
39. The Arctic Event (James Cobb)

REX NOVELS (Daniel Garcia)
40. Anonymous Rex  
41. Casual Rex

42. Bones to Ashes (Kathy Reichs)
43. Shanghai Girls (Lisa See)
44. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)
45. Waiting (Ha Jin)
46. The First Patient (Michael Palmer)
47. The Second Option (Michael Palmer)
48. The Last Surgeon (Michael Palmer)
49. One Day ( David Nichols)
50. The Archivist (Martha Cooley) 
51. Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett)
52 Friday Night Lights (H.G. Bissinger)
53. The Piano Tuner (Daniel Mason)
54. Atonement (Ian McEwan)
55. A Very Long Engagement (Sebastien Japrisot)
56. Memory Book (Howard Engel)
57. Thunderhead (Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child)
58. Quidditch Through the Ages (JK Rowling as Kennilworthy Whisp)
59. Vector (Robin Cook)
60. Lullaby (Chuck Palahniuk)
61. Rant (Chuck Palahniuk)
62. Fool  (Christopher Moore)
63. The Ha-ha (Dave King)
64. Forever Odd (Dean Koontz)
65. What's Wrong with Dorfman (John Blumenthal)
66. Sigma Protocol (Robert Ludlum)
67. Chasing Darkness (Robert Crais) 
68. The Fifth Life of the Catwoman (Kathleen Dexter)
69. The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
70. The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart (Mathias Malzieu)
71. Carter Beats the Devil (Glen David Gold)
72. Freakonomics (Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner)

I've been fixated on books lately. Haha. Obvious much? I have phases of obsessions, this will pass in a few days. :D


  1. I envy you, you have time to read 100 books! I wanted to do 50 in 2011 but didn't have time so I settled for 30. I've been watching a lot of movies din kasi so my attention's been divided :))

  2. My goal was really ambitious no? :D Luckily medical internship involved a lot of idle waiting, so I sometimes finish 2 novels in a day. Plus I chose reading over sleeping during offduty hours hahaha which I do not advise.

    Next year, bababaan ko na to 30-50. But with a twist, dapat different authors!

    I think any number is a good number, as long as you keep reading. My cousins don't read novels (fiction or nonfiction) at all!

  3. I'm only on the 2nd page of your blog and I find myself liking you more and more :D

    I've been a bookworm ever since I can remember. One of my goals in life is to have a library in my house. With wall to wall shelves and ladders! :D

    Anyway, I wanted to ask how you choose the books to read? I'm very random about it. haha.

  4. Yay! :) Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, Nancy, Bess and George, and the Hardy Boys were my best friends growing up!

    I want that for my future house too, I go green with envy when I see pictures of really cool personal libraries on tumblr haha.

    There are some books I automatically want to read, like Pratchett or Murakami novels. Some are recommended to me by friends. Most of the time though, I just go to Booksale and try to find a book that interests me. Usually medical thrillers, contemporary novels, books with familiar authors, or those with really nice covers. :D

  5. Yes! The covers really do make a big difference. I have bought countless books with awesome covers. Haha more often than not though they were such letdowns. Still, once in a while, you discover awesome stories behind them, too. :)

  6. Yes I have those books too, nice to stare at, but I can't even get past the first few chapters. Haha. They make my shelf more colorful though. :)


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