Friday, December 30, 2011

11K in 2011 - A final tally

Let me add the final 2 books to the list.

The Back of the Book:
For twelve years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black.  Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.  Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter's defeat of You-Know-Who was Black's downfall as well.  And the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, "He's at Hogwarts... he's at Hogwarts."  Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends.  Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

The Bibliography:
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  New York, New York: Scholastic, Inc, 1999.

You can find it here.  Or at your local public library.  Support the libraries!!!!!

Total Pages: 435
Total Pages in 2011: 10,923
Total Pages Remaining: 77!!!

And the final book of 2011-

The Back of the Book: 
(Actually, it's the description from Amazon... The book cover is upstairs.)

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?  As a child, Charley "Chick" Benetto was told by his father, "You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but you can't be both." So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.  Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.  He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother--who died eight years earlier–-is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.  What follows is the one "ordinary" day so many of us yearn for, a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets, and to seek forgiveness. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the astonishing things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. And he tries, with her tender guidance, to put the crumbled pieces of his life back together.

Albom, Mitch.  For One More Day.  New York, New York: Hyperion, 2006.

You can find it here.  Or at your local public library.  Support the libraries!!!!

Total Pages: 197
Total Pages for 2011 FINAL TALLY: 11,120

Goal accomplished?  Hells ya.  HELLS ya.  Sure, I re-read some of my favorites, but I read those over and over all the time, so it wasn't like it was out of the norm.  And you know what?  This total doesn't count the numerous blogs and online articles I've read.  Nor does it count the pages from the 2 books I started but never finished, nor the pages from the endless resource books I've buried myself with, looking for answers to endless pregnancy and baby questions.  I only counted the books I actually finished.  

And next year, I plan to do it all over again.  Happy New Years, everyone.

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