Based on recent years, that seemed like a realistic, but challenging goal.
I'm pleased to say I made it to 61. Though, I have to admit, I know I could have read more. There were a few times this year when I went weeks without any "pleasure reading" at all - which is very unlike me and is probably a testament to just how crazy 2011 was. (As is the dearth of posts here on the ol' blog-front, I know.) In fact, about 45 of those 60 books were all read in the first 6-7 months of the year. So, fall and winter were obviously pretty lacking in "me-time".
Still, I've set the same goal for 2012 ... but (shhhh!) I'm secretly hoping to beat it buy a greater margin than my stunning one-more-than-planned in 2011. ;)
Like my reading lists for the last few years, 2011 was chock full o' brain candy and speculative fiction. But there are a few exceptions.
One notable standout - for me - is an actual best-seller! I almost never read those. I guess I'm something of a ... what's the opposite of a books-snob? Wait, I think that's still a book snob. Just a different kind. ;) But, in general, if it's "popular", I'm almost almost instinctively averse to reading it. Strange, I know. But, still true.
And yet, something about this one appealed to me ... so, for one of my last reads of 2011, I got a copy of The Hunger Games on Kindle ... and read it straight through (virtual) cover to cover in about 4 hours. And then I did the exact same thing with it's two sequels. (Those are on my 2012 list.) I have to admit - they were really good books. You should read them.
What did YOU read that was pleasantly surprising this year? :)
"We read to know that we are not alone." ~ C.S. Lewis