Monday, December 31, 2012


On behalf of everyone at BWOBNY we'd like to wish all our friends and followers a very Happy New Year!  May your 2013 be filled with good times and great reads.

At the beginning of 2012, we all challenged ourselves to personal reading goals.  I set out to read 100 books.  I tried my best but ultimately read only 84 books however this was better than 2011 where I only read 54 books.  So, I was quite proud of myself.   Some of my favorites from 2012 included "The Longest Way Home," by Andrew McCarthy, "The Siren," by Tiffany Reisz, and "The Next Best Thing," by Jennifer Weiner.   If you're curious about the other 81 books I read, you can look me up on 

Alan read about 20 books this year, he lost count on his official tally.  His favorites included Mira Grant's "Newsflesh" trilogy and Lee Child's "One Shot." 

Busy mom Jess P. didn't get to do too much leisure reading once Ana was born but she really enjoyed "The Help," by 

Rachel aimed to read 75 books this past year.  She lost track of exactly how many books she read this but judging from her rather large list of favorite reads this year, I am certain she either met or came very close to meeting her goal.  Her favorite books this year included the graphic novel serial "Bone" by Jeff Smith and "Amulet" by Kazu Kibuishi.   "IT" and "11/22/63" by Stephen King were also too amazing for [her] words. She also loved "Ready Player One" by Ernest Kline, "The Visible Man" by Chuck Klosterman, "Goose Girl" by Shannon Hale, "Shatter Me" by Taherah Mafi, "Fever" by Lauren Destefano, "The Tale of Despereaux" and "The Magician's Elephant" by Kate DiCamillo, "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbit, "One Day" by David Levithan, "Serpent's Shadow" and "Mark of Athena" by Rick Riordan, "Unorthodox" by Deborah Feldman, and finally,  "Heart Shaped Box" by Joe Hill.

Rebecca read an impressive 146 books, just 4 books short of her 150 book goal and Jess B. read a whopping 162 books this year!!  

How many books did you read in 2012?  Any reading resolutions for 2013?  Share them with us and we can all cheer each other on.  It's a much easier resolution to keep than going to the gym, right?   

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Rebecca T. said...

Ah! I forgot to list my favorites. I LOVED Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and the follow-up The Crown of Embers. Partials by Dan Wells and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers were in my top reads too. And Who I Kissed by Janet Gurtler made me cry through the entire book. So good. I could keep going, but you know.... :)

Rebecca T. said...

AND I managed to hit 150 by the skin of my teeth :)

Jenn N. said...

Whoo Hoo!! Congratulations on meeting your goal. We need to set up our goals for 2013.