12/12/12 Reading Marathon!

Between revising, and busy weekends, and revising, and moving, and revising, and holidays, and more revising, I’ve fallen very behind on my 2012 reading goal. I wanted to read a book a week (52 books this year) but as of today, I’ve only read 38 books (though I’m *thisclose* to finishing #39 and #40). That leaves me with 12 books more to read by 12/31. That’s 12 books in the month of 12/12! Hence, the 12/12/12 Reading Marathon title. Think I can do it? I’m determined to make it happen.

Since I moved out of NYC, my commute into the city is longer and I spend the bulk of it on a pretty comfortable commuter train. I’m going to dedicate my morning and evening train rides to reading. I’ll limit my TV watching so I can read more in the evenings, when I’m not writing/revising. I also have a nice, long stay-cation coming up between Christmas and New Years.

My strategy is to pick 12 books that I’m REALLY excited to read, so I’ll want to breeze through them. The good news is there are SO many books to choose from! Since I finally unpacked my books in our new apartment, I decided to choose from my existing TBR (“to be read”) pile rather than buy new books. Then I can celebrate completing this reading challenge with new books in January.

First up will be Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, which I’ve been dying to read forever! I finally got a copy, thanks to my friend Alex. :)

And here’s the rest of my TBR pile for the rest of the year:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Every Day by David Levithan
You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Clare Legrand
Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
Burn for Burn by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mylnowski – not pictured (on my kindle)

If you feel so inclined to read 12 books in 12/12, or have your own reading goal to finish up, feel free to join me in this month-long reading marathon!

What’s on your TBR list for December?

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  1. I challenged myself to read 50 books this year and I fell behind for so many reasons. Good luck with catching up. You have some really awesome books in your pile.

  2. Oh how I wish I could join you in this reading marathon! Reading time has been hard to come by and will probably get harder next month, but the books at the top of my TBR pile include: Insurgent, Raven Boys, Passenger by Andrew Smith, and Finnikin’s Rock by Melina Marchetta, just to start…I wish I could create an extra day in the week that’s just for reading!

  3. Good luck getting caught up! I joined the Goodreads reading challenge over the summer and challenged myself to finish 25 books before the end of the year. So far, I have just three more to go, which I’m definitely hoping to finish during December. I fell so far behind with my reading during the years I was in grad school and working crazy hours on the Hill, so it’s been a real joy to have more free time these past few months. Thanks for the info about the Writer’s Digest Conference, too! I would definitely love to meet up with you if I am indeed able to go.

  4. What a great idea for a personal challenge! You can do it! :) You have some great reads in your TBR list (some are on my TBR list too), so that should make it that much more doable. :)

  5. So many awesome titles in your To-Read pile! I’m 100% with you on catching up with reading next month. Thanks to NaNo, I’m behind, but I’ve got a few awesome books I can’t wait to crack open when I hit 50K on my WiP. Good luck with all your reading… I can’t wait to hear what you think of all those books!

  6. I love this idea! I set myself a crazy-person goal without considering the fact that my main reading time–my commute–would end in June and not start up again in September. So, I’m not gonna hit 150, but if I real a whole whole lot, I might possibly get to 125. I just finished book #111 today, and maybe I can get one more in by the end of November, which would mean I would need to do 13 in December. Plus finishing the novel I started for NaNo (I think I’ll get to 50K by Friday, but it’s probably more like an 80K story, and I want to finish before Christmas) and baking a million cookies. But yeah, what the heck. I’m in!

  7. You have some great ones on your list. I also didn’t get get as much reading done as I wanted to either. Two on my list for December are RUINS by Orson Scott Card and REBEL HEART by Moira Young.

  8. That’s an awesome stack of books…you’ll plow through it in no time.

  9. Sophia Richardson

    I wanted to read 100 books, and as of now I think I’m at 88. With all the stuff I’m doing in December I doubt I’ll make it, but never mind. I have a lot of nonfic to read; I’ve converted to at least 50% nonfic in the last few months. The only book on your list I’ve read is Forest of Hands and Teeth, but I then went on to read the two companion books, so I can definitely recommend it. Good luck!

  10. Ooh…so many of those are on my TBR list, too. And now so are a few more (Like You Are Here. I can’t believe I hadn’t marked that once since I’m a sucker for road trip novels.) Good luck!

  11. You’ll read “Forest of Hands and Teeth” in a day. I promise. And if you want to borrow the sequels, I got em both!

    Good luck!

  12. Oooh, great idea! I, too, challenged myself to read 52 books this year, and I’ve met my goal but I still think it would be fun to do 12/12/12. Love it! Before I Fall is a terrific choice.

  13. Nice list! I am forever behind in my reading, but slowly catching up. :)

  14. Rebecca B

    Awesome challenge! I don’t know that I’ll read 12 this month, but I am trying to clear my TBR shelf. If I can read 6, I’ll be thrilled!

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