In 2011, I read 53 books, and I was pretty pleased with that number. I blew that out of the park in 2012 with a total of 79 books read. I'm pretty sure this number is unlikely to be matched this year, as I can credit last year's explosion in reading to getting a lot of mystery novels on the Kindle and blowing through them (Charles Todd and Robert Crais, I'm looking at you). My favorites were Nightwoods by Charles Frazier and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. (My least favorite was Maisie Dobbs -- the writing was so atrocious I wanted to gouge my eyes out at several turns.) Apparently, my longest book last year was Skippy Dies at a whopping 661 pages (luckily, Skippy didn't have to contend in the year I read War and Peace).
I can't say that I have any major goals for reading this year, but I have set a personal challenge to myself to continue going through all the old books on my "to-read" list, and I would like to try to read more nonfiction. And read at least 50 books in the year, of course. Typically, this post is accompanied by a picture of the stack of books I got over the holidays, but this year I only got a cookbook and a copy of The Invisible Bridge. So my reading list is wide open, people. All recommendations welcome.