We are just not going to talk about the fact that I did not post a single time in December, because TODAY is a new day, right??
Of course, I’m going to post later this week about my favorite books from 2012, but I have to acknowledge that I managed to beat my goal for books read in 2012. I’d originally hoped to read 52 – one a week, on average – but by midnight last night, I’d completed 57! Considering my busy year, I’m immensely proud of that number.
A few more fun facts about my reading year:
- First book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (completed Jan. 4, 2012)
- Last book: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed (completed Dec. 31, 2012)
- Longest book: 11/22/63 by Stephen King, at 849 pages (started Jan. 15, 2012; completed Jan. 21, 2012)
- Shortest book: The Lifespan of a Fact by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, at 129 pages (completed March 29, 2012)
- Total number of pages: 19,602
- Oldest book: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, published in 1953
These stats are pretty cool, but they’re also going to influence the reading resolutions I’m making for 2013.
- Read over 20,000 pages. I got close this year, but to me, page count is almost more important than book count.
- Read at least 65 books. That being said, I still want to read more books too.
- Read older books. The fact that the oldest book I read in 2012 is 60 years old is tragic, especially since I’m gradually trying to read more classics.
- Read more books that challenge me. As much as I loved so many of the books I read this year, there were few that pushed my reading limits. All but ten of the books I read in 2012 I rated either 4 or 5 stars on Goodreads. And only one I gave one star - Watergate by Thomas Mallon. To me, this means I’m just not pushing myself beyond my comfort zone.
- Finish more books. I didn’t keep track of the number of books I DNF’d this year, but I know it was more than a few. So along the same lines as the previous resolution, I’m going to finish as many book as I can. Not to say I won’t DNF at all, but I want to do it far, far less often.
So with all of that in mind, I’m going to go back to a book that I put down in Puerto Rico, hoping I’d come back to it eventually. My first book of 2013: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. All 748 pages of it.
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