Fifty Two...

What does the number "52" mean to me? That's the number of books I read in 2011!

Earlier in the year, I noticed that Goodreads was promoting a Reading Challenge, where Goodreads members stating the number of books they will read during the year. Some people pledged to read a ridiculously low amount of books, (like 5, who can't read 5 books in a year?) while others went with an overblown number (150? Impossible).

I decided on the number 52, to average one book a week. In the beginning of the year, I was blowing through books, two to three a week. It got to the point that I really needed to slow down because my brain couldn't take anymore.

But I'm proud to say that as of yesterday, November 13, my goal has been hit. With A Game of Thrones: A Song Of Ice and Fire, I have completed my 52 books for 2011. And I'm probably done with reading for the year.

Will I be doing this again next year? Probably not. Most of the books I read I didn't get the chance to enjoy because I wanted to get through them as a +1. I think come 2012, I'll scale myself back so that I can enjoy reading again. That's not to say I'm not proud of my accomplishment; just that I won't be marathon-reading again any time soon. (Is there a way to raise money for charity through reading? If so, I'd probably do that.)

In case you're interested, below is the list of the 52 books I read, with links to Amazon if you're interested in reading any of them.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) - George R.R. Martin
Seizure - Kathy Reichs
No Dominion (Joe Pitt, #2) - Charlie Huston
Sweets: A New Orleans Crime Story - Kody Chamberlain
Alias Vol. 1 - Brian Michael Bendis
Why We Want You to be Rich: Two Men - One Message - Donald J. Trump & Robert Kiyosaki
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1) - Laurell K. Hamilton
The Fire Inside (Sidekicks, #1) - Raymond Rose
A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
Badass: The Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned - Ben Thompson
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex - Mary Roach
Mercury Rises - Robert Kroese
Vs. Reality - Blake Northcott
Dollars & Sense: The Definitive Guide to Self-publishing Success - Carolyn McCray
Plot & Structure - Write Great Fiction - James Scott Bell
Essential Moon Knight, Vol. 1 - Doug Moench
The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics - Dennis O'Neil
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
Dexter in the Dark (Dexter, #3) - Jeff Lindsay
Simple Simon - Ryne Douglas Pearson
Already Dead (Joe Pitt, #1) - Charlie Huston
Write Good or Die - Scott Nicholson
Young Junius - Seth Harwood
Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter, #2) - Jeff Lindsay
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
The Mephisto Club (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #6) - Tess Gerritsen
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
PLUTO 001 - Naoki Urasawa
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
Carved in Bone (Body Farm, #1) - Jefferson Bass
Novelist's Boot Camp: 101 Ways to Take Your Book From Boring to Bestseller - Todd A. Stone
Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight - Chris Onstad
Thank You for Smoking - Christopher Buckley
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Inner Circle - Brad Meltzer
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse - Victor Gischler
Self-Publish Your Novel: Lessons from an Indie Publishing Success Story - Robert Kroese
Vanish (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #5) - Tess Gerritsen
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
Body Double (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #4) - Tess Gerritsen
The Sinner (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles, #3) - Tess Gerritsen
Anybody Can Write: A Playful Approach - Jean Bryant
I am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) - Pittacus Lore
Anathem - Neal Stephenson
Boomsday - Christopher Buckley
Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1) - Ann Aguirre
Start Late, Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age - David Bach
Rich Dad's Advisors®: The ABC's of Getting Out of Debt: Turn Bad Debt into Good Debt and Bad Credit into Good Credit - Garrett Sutton
The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J. Stanley
The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet #1) - James Ellroy
Bottomfeeder: A Novel - Bob Fingerman

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