The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 22,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

By my count, I read just shy of 100 books this year, with a handful of them not blogged/reviewed due to the move and time constraints. I’ll update with a total number of books and pages read soon (once I have time to run the totals). To get this year off to a good start, I’ll be “Reading in the New Year”. Instead of idly watching the ball drop and making lots of noise (which my apartment complex probably wouldn’t appreciate) I’m going to start early (or play catch up, however you wish to look at it) with my to-be-read list.

Think of it as my own personal 48 hours read-a-thon or reading challenge. From tonight onward through Jan. 1st, I’m going to see how many books I can read. I’ll keep you updated as the feeling suits me.

Since the name of this blog is Challenging the Bookworm, I’m returning to the practice of listing my challenges and reporting on my progress.

YALSA has one that started before the new year, challenging everyone to read the Morris and Nonfiction Award finalists before the winners are announced at the end of Jan. You can read more about the details here, although I’m listing the titles below for easier reference:

Morris Award finalists (for best debut Young Adult book)

Wonder Show, written by Hannah Barnaby

Love and Other Perishable Items, written by Laura Buzo

After the Snow, written by S.D. Crockett

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, written by emily m. danforth

Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman

Nonfiction Finalists (For best Nonfiction Young Adult Book)

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, written by Deborah Hopkinson

Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve Sheinkin

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, written by Phillip Hoose

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, a biography by Karen Blumenthal

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, written by Cynthia Levinson

Another challenge that I’ll be keeping in mind as I read this year are Beth Fish’s What’s In a Name Challenge which asks participants to find six books that meet the following criteria (the criteria changes each year):

1.A book with up or down (or equivalent) in the title: Deep down True, The Girl Below, The Diva Digs up the Dirt

2.A book with something you’d find in your kitchen in the title: Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Breadcrumbs

3.A book with a party or celebration in the title: A Feast for Crows, A Wedding in Haiti, Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness

4.A book with fire (or equivalent) in the title: Burning for Revenge, Fireworks over Toccoa, Catching Fire

5.A book with an emotion in the title: Baltimore Blues, Say You’re Sorry, Dreams of Joy

6.A book with lost or found (or equivalent) in the title: The Book of Lost Fragrances, The World We Found, A Discovery of Witches

I’m still attempting to read 200 chapter books in one year, and I have a confident feeling that this is the year I’m going to succeed. I’m only working one job now as opposed to two, and I will find/make the time to complete that goal. I also have a goal to read more manga/anime/graphic novels and picture books though, so we’ll see how they all live happily on my schedule. There are probably several other challenges that I could find and join, but right now I’m just anxious to start tackling that huge stack of books by my bed side. So for now, have a Happy New Year and happy reading!