There are only thirteen days left in 2013. Get ready, this is the last post about Stellar Four's 52 Book Challenge! I want to hear victory stories, people!
The 52 Book Challenge was an audacious contest with yourself to read 52 books in one year, one book per week. It seemed so easy last winter to agree to the challenge. "52 books? Bah, that's easy!". The reality is far harsher.
So how did you do?
Personally, I WON THE CHALLENGE! I just got up and did a victory dance. It was pretty awesome. I'm on target to read 60 books this year! I have two I'm in the process of finishing and I know they'll be done before Dec 31st.
What do I attribute my success to? A bunch of things. There were a slew of fantastic new books this year that had me on the edge of my seat. I positively flew through them. I also had a Kindle this year, which opened up a whole world of ebook novellas and ebook-only books to read. I also have a daily commute on a train that is perfect for uninterrupted reading time. With these powers combined, I've managed to vault over the 52 book goal. I also read about a dozen more books than I did last year, which is incredibly encouraging.
Which books stand out as my favorites this year? My shortlist includes (in no particular order) Dying Is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann, The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, The Ocean At the End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman, The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding and Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore.
Now that I know I can hit 60, I'm going to do the 52 book challenge again next year. Will you join me? Tell me in comments how many books you read in 2013 and if you're on board for the 2014 challenge!