For 2011, I challenged myself to finish reading 60 books by the time 2012 showed up.
I finished 68. More than 23,000 pages.
Some were great, some weren’t.
The five best books I read this year (not that came out this year, just that I read this year) were (as of right this very second. Ask me in 20 minutes, they’ll have changed):
5) The Help by Kathryn Stockett
4) Drama: An actor’s education by John Lithgow
3) Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
2) 11/22/63 by Stephen King
1) A shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Bossypants by Tina Fey, Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, A visit from the goon squad by Jennifer Egan, Skippy Dies by Paul Murray and The book thief by Markus Zusak.
Here’s a nice display of all the books I read this year, starting from the most recent and working back.