For the last few years I've struggled to read more than, possibly, 5 new books a year. Saying that out loud causes me great shame. I don't even know what to blame it on, except that I found re-reading old favourites more enticing than the mystery and allure found in the pages of a new book. Those were dark times.
But huzzah. Look at this.
30 books in a year! Ok I cheated a teeny tiny little bit, in that I actually finished my last book a few days into 2012, but I think it totally counts because I only started the challenge somewhere in February. So if a year is 12 months, and it is, then this totally counts as a win. Boo to you Mr Samuel!
For 2012, my goal is the same. I contemplated really pushing myself and going for 50 books, but in the end settled on 30. Towards the end of last year, I found that the pressure to finish the challenge spoiled the enjoyment of the book, and since the purpose of the challenge is to read books, not speed read books, I think 30 is a solid number to aim for.
I must say I'm really excited about the books I have in store; Shantaram, Chinaman, Let's talk about Kevin, Thornbirds, the Glass Palace and Half of a Yellow Sun, among others. I've started, however, with a Thomas Harris spree. I could've sworn I've read Red Dragon et al before, but for the life of me I can't remember the story so I figured it counts as a new read.
I do recommend that you get on Goodreads and start a challenge for yourself, because it's such a great motivator, but even without a challenge, it's nice to see what others read and recommend, even if you're just looking for that one book to get through this year.
As for me, I shall keep you avid readers posted on what I am avidly reading. (It was right there).