Sunday, January 6

Well read

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.


Patricia Elizabeth Arriaza said...

I finished out the year with 2012 with a total of 31 books read. That's pretty good ... the Game of Thrones books really slowed me down. Damn thick books. I mean, really, nearly a thousand pages each? Are people getting paid by the word?? :D

I'm gonna stick with the goal of 30 because I want to read more books in Spanish this year and those always take me just a little bit longer.

Carolyn said...

"Tell the Wolves I'm Home" Carol Brun Rifka or something like that
"Scorpio Races" Maggie Stiefvater
also completely unrelated "The Raven Boys" Maggie Stiefvater
"The Night Circus" by Erin something
"Seraphina" by Rachel Hartman

those have been some recent highlights for me.

I couldn't keep going with Maisie Dobbs either!!!

Jenn said...

My Wife, Mother-in-law and a friend had a competition this year. I wasn't even close to winning (MIL won with 110 books) but I beat my personal best of 29 books with 42 books read. Goal this year bigger books and 43 book count. Still looking for that 5 star book.