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Anna has a post about her favorite reads for the year, and it occurred to me that I’ve never done one. Ever. Shame on me. So here’s my reading wrap-up for 2012.

I read 52 books in 2011, so I set a reasonable (HA HA foreshadowing) goal of 60 books for 2012. How many did I read? 38. Gah.

However! This is not a post about how many books I didn’t read, but the ones that I did!

My favorites:

Five books received five star ratings from me on Goodreads:

Attachments and Eleanor and Park, both by Rainbow Rowell. Both so, so good. The kind of books that you want to live in and never want to end.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. My adoration of The Bloggess is longstanding, and this book only cemented it.

Broken Harbor by Tana French. I hope she writes Dublin Murder Squad books forever and ever.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I am an unapologetic John Green fan so I was predisposed to like this. However, I did not expect to cry — nay, WEEP — the way I did when I read this.

My least favorites:

No one-star stinkers last year, but a few two star ratings:

Familiar by Robert J. Lennon. I was so intrigued by the premise, and stuck with it because I had to know what happened. But I felt as though I’d spent the time reading it locked in a dryer, tumbling all over the place. I was partly dazed, partly angry when I finished it.

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner. I’m not sure why I tried.

The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein. Again, suckered in by premise, disappointed by delivery.

This was also the year that sequels didn’t live up to their predecessors. Insurgent, Girl of Nightmares, Reached, and Shadow of Night failed to draw me in and left me wondering how much I would pursue the next installment. Thankfully, one of these ended a trilogy, so I won’t have to worry about that one.

I decided not to sign up for the reading challenge this year, but instead to make sure I devote time each day to reading.