Are you on Goodreads? If you are, are you participating in the 2012 Goodreads Reading Challenge? I've talked before about how much I love being able to track what I've read on Goodreads -- I think there's some kind of strange rogue statistician living in my head, since I love tracking all of Cassidy's (and her teammates, in fact) stats for track and cross-country too. Strange -- that's something that didn't develop until after college, maybe even after kids.
Weird digression. Sorry. Back to the post at hand.
I love the sense of accomplishment that comes at the end of each month when I meet my reading goals. And even when I don't reach them, this list of books gives me a nice way to guage how busy our month was. Because reading is just a normal part of each day for me, I've set my goal pretty high. I know plenty of people who are thrilled to get one book read each month -- and that's great! I'm thrilled for you too. This is one of those things that's completely personal, I think. When other people choose to watch TV or spend time gardening or knitting or hiking, I choose to read. As a result, my reading goals reflect the amount of time that I spend doing this activity.
I thought it would be interesting to take a look at where I stand with almost six months down and six more to go. Here's a screenshot of the stats breakdown from the Goodreads site:
In January, I read 12 books. February was 7, March was 9, and April was 15. In May, I read 14 books, and so far I've finished 5 in June. I've read 18,316 pages. 42 of those books are YA. 20 are adult fiction. 5 were nonfiction, 3 were audio books, 2 were short story collections, 2 were graphic or illustrated novels, and 3 were digital short stories.
I've definitely had good luck with books this year; my list of 5-star reads is as long right now as it was for 2011 and 2010 at the end of each of those years. I'll do an updated post next week with my Top 10 of 2012 so far, and make some projections on what I think might end up (or more accurately, maybe, what I HOPE might end up) making that list by the end of the year.