The GoodReads 2012 Challenge – Completed

I didn’t think I was going to make it this year honestly. My goal this year was to read 40 books. Ten more than my goal in 2011. I started off strong. It helped that I was reading “book club” style in tandem with my sister. We read almost two complete series this way.

Then I switched gears and read some non-fiction that really dragged. For several months. Finally I gave up and went back to fiction. Some books took me longer to read than I anticipated. Some didn’t. I surprised myself by finishing the reading challenge having read 55 books.

Some of my favorites this year in no particular order:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (This book was recommended to me by my 12 year old niece)
  • The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
  • The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron
  • Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues by Bill Moyers
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
  • Wool by Hugh Howey

There have been several suggestions given for next years reading list and I’m pretty certain that I bought twice as many books as I’ve read this year so I’ll have plenty to choose from come January when the next challenge starts up.

What did you read this year? Did you accomplish what you wanted in regards to reading?


  1. J.C

    Well done! I managed to read 60 books so far, which was 10 above my goal. I had thought with reading slush this year there was no way I would make last years goal of 75, or what I actually read, which was 100. Still, I’m very happy with what I have read through the year. Love being able to keep track of it!

    1. Cheryl

      I saw that you started reading submissions not too long ago. That’s awesome. (seriously mean that) I noticed that a lot of the books that I read this year were in the YA genre, which likely contributed to the speed in which I read. It’s interesting to see how this genre has shifted within the last year – not to mention from when I was a kid.

      1. J.C

        I don’t even remember there being a ‘YA” genre back when I was a kid. In high school I was reading David Eddings, Clive Barker, Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman, Steven King, Raymond E Feist, Terry Pratchett, Ray Bradbury, Charles De Lint etc. It’s quite different now, with YA being such a huge deal.
        You know, I think it’s actually a year since I started reading slush lol I remember it was just before Xmas and I was like ‘Cassie, what the hell are you getting yourself into??’ but I feel like it’s been really good for me – stopping to think about all the things that work, and what doesn’t, and why a thing worked in one book but not in another. It means I don’t have to analyze the books I just read for fun or escapism 😉

      2. Cheryl

        There has always been a YA genre to some extent – However I think it was geared toward a much younger audience than it is now. Stories like Superfudge, and Mouse and the Motorcycle.

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