Okay, so I saw this lj community somewhere, and I joined it: 50bookchallenge. The point is to read 50 books in a year. I'll post what I've read and something about it there, and on my lj, as well. Keep in mind, though, that I'm not very good at giving summaries or reviews, so don't expect too much, most likely just some basic impressions and whether or not it was worth the read.
My personal goal this year is not only to read 50 books, but to read ALL of the Jeeves and Wooster stories by PG Wodehouse, with an option on any other books by him as well. Also, to read at least 6 nonfiction books.
Note, I'm going to count every 2 graphic novels as 1 book. I read too much manga not to count it at all, but I don't really think that I can count a graphic novel as a whole book, because of all the pictures. Just because they share a number, doesn't mean they have anything whatsoever to do with each other!
Also, I'm not counting anything under 100 pages, book or not, and no audiobooks.
So, to start me off, here's what I've read (that I remember) so far this year:
1: Jeeves and the Tie that Binds (PG Wodehouse)
There's not really much I can say about the Jeeves stories. They are truly wonderful, and should be required reading by everyone. However, I don't really think that I'm equal to summarizing them.
2: Jeeves in the Morning (PG Wodehouse)
3: Thank You, Jeeves (PG Wodehouse)
I must say that this is my favorite Wodehouse so far. I actually like Pauline Stoker. I don't usually like the girls, they tend to be very Unsuitable, but she's not bad.
4: The Man Who Doesn't Take Off His Clothes Vol. 1 (Narise Konohara, Yuki Shimizu) (yaoi novel)
It's not entirely porn, but I don't know that it would be worth reading if you didn't know that there was going to be a payoff at the end. Unfortunately, the porny bit was one of those dubious consent/probably rape scenarios that are common in yaoi. I'll still read Vol. 2, though, because I'm interested to see if the main character manages to make his man love him after all. Well-written consensual sex would make it all worthwhile.
5 (manga): Punch! Vol. 2 (Rie Takada)
I read this one because I thought the boys were pretty. I actually think it's kind of boring -- I won't be reading any more of this series.
Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 8 (Bisco Hatori)
Crazy, as always, but fun -- totally reading all of this series.
6 (manga): Good Luck Vol. 1 (E-Jin Kang)
The story was moderately interesting, and it's very pretty. It was worth an hour of reading time, but I'm not likely to finish the series if it goes above 3 volumes.
+Anima vol. 3 (Natsumi Mukai)
I like this very much. It's cute, but not too cute, and almost all of the characters are cool (minus the little bat-girl, I think she's really annoying). The idea, of people that are part animal (sort of), called +Anima, who are mostly feared by everyone else, is interesting. Worth the read.
7 + 8: Uglies and Pretties (Scott Westerfield)
There's a third in the series that I've started but not finished yet, so expect to see that later. I really like the theme of being different from others, and wanting to be who you are but also wanting to be part of the group as well, and finding out that what you expected and believed isn't necessarily valid. It's really well-written and interesting, and raises an interesting question: Would you rather be pretty or smart? (And how do you define those terms?) Plus, I very much want a hoverboard...
Anyway, there you go. That's what I've read so far this year.