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“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.” 

― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Harry — I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!”
And she sprinted away, up the stairs.
What does she understand?” said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.
“Loads more than I do,” said Ron, shaking his head.
“But why’s she got to go to the library?”
“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

As 2012 draws to a close, i have been looking over all the books i read during the year!

I used Goodreads to keep track of the books i’ve read, and set myself a challenge to read 80 books in 2012. I only realised just before Christmas that i wouldn’t be able to meet the target in time, so i reduced it to 70, which is still a reasonable target!

The good news is that i miscounted and actually read 71 books in 2012!

There has been a wide range of genres which i have covered over the year, and i have tried to review the books when i finished them (the only exceptions are Harry Potter and Twilight and a few others).

To see the full list, check out My 2012 Reading List

My favourite books i’ve read this year include “The Hunger Games” trilogy

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Starcrossed” and “Starcrossed: Dreamless” by Josephine Angelini

I read a few classics which i’ve never read before now (or read properly), and my favourite of these was “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens! (see my book-review)

Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. ...

It was nice to read a lot of the classics outside of an academic environment, which i think made it a more enjoyable reading experience!

I’ve also re-read a few favourites from when i was younger, from Beatrix Potter’s Tales, through “I Capture The Castle” by Dodie Smith, to Grimm’s Fairy Stories”.

Books which i was either disappointed with or thought were awful include “Fifty Shades of Grey” (which i only read the first book of and got annoyed with), and “The Nightlife: New York (The Nightlife Series)” by Travis Luedke (too much sex, and has put me off reading the Vampire genre for a while!)

I have also read 8 translated fiction titles this year! For the full list, complete with links to my reviews, see my Translated Fiction page!

Hopefully, in 2013 i can beat the target 0f 70 books and hopefully get above 80!

I hope you’ve had a good year of reading, and that my list inspires you to read more of these excellent books!