2012 has been an amazing year for me, book-wise.
I get an uncommon amount of my life pleasure from books. I know this about myself. And yet, not since before college have I gone so far out of my way to make reading for pleasure such a major priority in my life. I am pleased with this change, and wonder just how far I can push it, in terms of increased value in my life.
Most importantly, I discovered audio-books. So while I also spent the year visually reading the words of more pages per day than my norm, in addition, I consumed 5 great books that I otherwise wouldn't have experienced. I suspect that running, slowly, with an audiobook (or slowly using any of the cardio machines at the gym) may be my default "keep-myself-healthy-as-long-as-possible" work-out as I slide toward the comforts of middle age.
Second, I set a goal of 9,000 pages to avoid the short book shuffling I did in 2011. It worked like a charm. I'm still closing out the year, but I fit in IQ84 and Reamde without any concern -- Unlike last year, when I was shooting for total books and worried about the 900+ page options. This year's page count goal made the big bertha books just as attractive as their emaciated cousins.
I've got 9+ days to go and I'm guessing I'll land just short of 12,000 pages with an additional 6 audiobooks.
Reviews for all will come in over the last few days of the year.