Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year Resolutions, Goals, and Bookish News

Happy New Year, Readers!

2012 was an excellent year for me; I started Grad school, wedding planning, and continued my blog and career. 2013 should be even better, since I'll be marrying the love of my life and *hopefully* graduating with my Masters of Science in Management degree! I hope 2013 looks as bright for all of you as it does for me!
Engagement Photo by Photos by Crystal
In bookish news, I surprised myself by surpassing my page goal of 15,000 pages. I read 19,804 pages, which consisted of 58 books! I also had a few audiobooks scattered in there as well. Here's my list of what I've read (and reviewed, for those that I reviewed on the blog):

January 2012 (2,716 pages)
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 355           Page Goal: 355/15,000
Single in the City by Michele Gorman
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 352           Page Goal: 707/15,000
State of Fear by Michael Crichton
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 640           Page Goal: 1,347/15,000
Scent of Double Deception by Jeannie Faulkner Barber & Ann Alan
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 259           Page Goal: 1,606/15,000
Proof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 336           Page Goal: 1,942/15,000
Miss Minimalist by Francine Jay
Rating: 2/5          Pages: 98             Page Goal: 2,040/15,000
Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 360           Page Goal: 2,400/15,000
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 316           Page Goal: 2,716/15,000

February 2012 (1,326 pages)
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 262           Page Goal: 2,978/15,000
Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 496           Page Goal: 3,474/15,000
Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 256           Page Goal: 3,730/15,000
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 355           Page Goal: 4,042/15,000

March 2012 (1,598 pages)
Life from Scratch by Melissa Ford
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 266           Page Goal: 4,308/15,000
The Love of Her Life by Harriet Evans
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 427           Page Goal: 4,735/15,000
Sail by James Patterson
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 414           Page Goal: 5,149/15,000
The Rain Before it Falls by Jonathan Coe
Rating: 2/5          Pages: 240           Page Goal: 5,389/15,000
Colin Preston Rocked and Rolled by Bert Murray
Rating: 2/5          Pages: 251           Page Goal: 5,640/15,000

April 2012  (2,828 pages)
Walking with Grandfather by Joseph M. Marshall III
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 115           Page Goal: 5,755/15,000
Split Second by David Baldacci
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 484           Page Goal: 6,239/15,000
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 269           Page Goal: 6,508/15,000
The Quickie by James Patterson
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 347           Page Goal: 6,855/15,000
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 326           Page Goal: 7,181/15,000
Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 321           Page Goal: 7,502/15,000
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 167           Page Goal: 7,669/15,000
Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 375           Page Goal: 8,044/15,000
Without Mercy by Lisa Jackson
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 424           Page Goal: 8,468/15,000

May 2012 (876 pages)
The Modern Girl's Guide to Life by Jane Buckingham
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 362           Page Goal: 8,830/15,000
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 514           Page Goal: 9,344/15,000

June 2012 (2,946 pages)
7th Heaven by James Patterson
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 353           Page Goal: 9,697/15,000
Watch Me by Lauren Barnholdt
Rating: 2/5          Pages: 270           Page Goal: 9,967/15,000
The 8th Confession by James Patterson
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 342           Page Goal: 10,309/15,000
Dart by Phil Rustad
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 295           Page Goal: 10,604/15,000
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 373           Page Goal: 10,977/15,000
These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 337           Page Goal: 11,314/15,000
Body Count by P.D. Martin
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 393           Page Goal: 11,707/15,000
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 546           Page Goal: 12,243/15,000
One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 400           Page Goal: 12,643/15,000

July 2012 (1,186 pages)
Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 313           Page Goal: 12,956/15,000
Blaze by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 340           Page Goal: 13,296/15,000
A Girl Named Summer by Julie Garwood
Rating: 2/5          Pages: 176           Page Goal: 13,472/15,000
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 288           Page Goal: 13,760/15,000
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 382           Page Goal: 14,142/15,000

August 2012 (1,444 pages)
Are you there, Vodka? It's me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 264           Page Goal: 14,406/15,000
Play Dirty by Sandra Brown
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 404           Page Goal: 14,810/15,000
Along Came a Spider by James Patterson
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 449           Page Goal: 15,259/15,000
The Wedding Girl by Madeline Wickham
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 327           Page Goal: 15,586/15,000

September 2012 (1,004 pages)
High Five by Janet Evanovich
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 317           Page Goal: 15,903/15,000
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 311           Page Goal: 16,214/15,000
Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 376           Page Goal: 16,590/15,000

October 2012 (464 pages)
The Fiction Class by Susan Breen
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 296           Page Goal: 16,886/15,000
My Freshman Year by Rebeckah Nathan
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 168           Page Goal: 17,054/15,000

November 2012 (1,710 pages)
Left to Die by Lisa Jackson
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 496           Page Goal: 17,550/15,000
Chosen to Die by Lisa Jackson
Rating: 5/5          Pages: 460           Page Goal: 18,010/15,000
Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
Rating: 2/5          Pages: 448           Page Goal: 18,458/15,000
The Search by John Battelle
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 306           Page Goal: 18,764/15,000

December 2012 (1,040 pages)
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatshki Houston & James D. Houston
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 203           Page Goal: 18,967/15,000
Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline
Rating: 3/5          Pages: 410           Page Goal: 19,377/15,000
The Murderers' Club by P.D. Martin
Rating: 4/5          Pages: 427           Page Goal: 19,804/15,000

Audiobooks 2012
You've Been Warned by James Patterson
Sing you Home by Jodi Picoult
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Guilty Wives by James Patterson
Calico Joe by John Grisham
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
It by Stephen King
Come Home by Lisa Scottoline
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

I never would have thought I would read so much while juggling everything on my plate, but I somehow managed! I did get behind on reviews, though, so I will be posting book reviews in the earlier part of 2013 from 2012 still. Sorry about that, friends!

2013's page goal will be.....
21,500 pages
I'm concerned that with all the busyness 2013 will bring, I may not make it, but it's definitely a goal worth trying for.

Out of sheer nerdiness, I love looking at trends, particularly in my reading habits. So, I created a chart of my past 3 years of reading and how many pages I read each month. Super nerdy, right? Well, for those of you other nerds, here is my chart:
Page Goal Progress by month, 2010-2012
I'm sure you all know by now that I manage all my books on Goodreads. I have a shelf, "tbr-bookshelf" which contains books/e-books/audiobooks that I own and have yet to read. Last year at this time, that shelf had 159 unread books. This year, it has 186 unread books. That's horrible! So, one of my other new year resolutions, in addition to the page goal, is to get my TBR pile under 150 unread books. It doesn't sound like it should be that horrible, but this year I read/listened to 67 books. That means I would have to only receive about 30 books, or only two books per month. Horrible, right?!?!? But, it needs to be done--this TBR pile needs to shrink.

Well, this is a little longer of a post than I was expecting, so thanks for sticking with me. 

Questions for my readers:
  1. Will you be setting a page goal New Years Resolution? Or a book goal? Or both?
  2. What are some other New Years Resolutions you have?
  3. For the brave--do YOU know how many books are in your TBR pile?!?!? (warning--don't share this number with the hubby; he'll prevent you from buying more!)
  4. This chart of page goal progress: nerdy, or neat?   

Happy New Year, readers!!!


  1. Wow, you had a productive 2012! I've never checked the number of pages I read, but only managed to read 93 books last year. Shooting for 100 (or more) this year. Am afraid to know how many books are in my TBR pile, but I'm going to concentrate on getting that stack down to manageable levels!

    Don't think your chart is nerdy at all! Very neat!

    1. Thanks, Alexia! Wow, 93 books is a lot...I'm still pretty far off from that number!

      Good luck with the TBR pile and book goal this year!!! :)


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