Well, I am happy to report that I will make my Goodreads challenge of reading 200 books in 2012. I'm currently reading book number 200.
So, in the remaining three days of 2012, I'm going to try to work on some blogging to-do stuff, so I can start the New Year all organized.
1. Put 2012 reviews on Goodreads.
I read and appreciate others' Goodreads reviews, so I feel like I must reciprocate and get my reviews up there. The last time I did this was the summer, so I have some catching up to do.
2. Write 2012 Stats Post
I'm busy crunching the numbers on all the books I reviewed in 2012 -- format, publisher, genre, etc.
3. Write January reviews
I am a very organized person, but I'm not one of those bloggers who has their posts scheduled months in advance. If I'm lucky, I have a week of posts in the bank. But I'd love to start January with some scheduled reviews.
Scariest Books Challenge
Steph @ Fake Steph Dot Com is hosting a Scariest Reads of 2012 Challenge. You can find her challenge post here.
I used to love scary movies and books, but I'm a way bigger wimp than I used to be. Still, I'm crazy about suspenseful and creepy stuff. Here are some of my favorite scary reads of 2012.
The Hallowed Ones
I don't usually read zombie books, but the whole Amish zombie thing just got me curious. As you can see by reading my review, I LOVED this book. It was smart and scary.
by Gretchen McNeil
This book was not overwhelmingly scary, but I think it did a very clever job of adapting the original Agatha Christie book to modern times and to YA. My full review of Ten is here.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
To me, this book was almost campy-creepy, like the movie Scream. It took all those great B-movie tropes, like the insane asylum, the dead animals on the porch, etc. etc. and made them just awesomely creepy and fun. Check out my review of Mara Dyer 2 here.
I Hunt Killers
by Barry Lyga
I really loved this one. The whole "am I going to turn into my parents" worry takes on new weight when your dad is a notorious serial killer. I was enjoying this so much that I didn't even identify the killer, which annoyed me, because all the clues were there. Read my review, which defines both "mangst" and Cabot Cove Syndrome, here.
by Libba Bray
Because this book was sooo long, I listened to the audio version while I walked the dog. Let me tell you, there is nothing like walking through a deserted part of Central Park on a foggy day while someone is singing that creepy "Naughty John" song in your ears. I know I jumped a few times! You can read my review of the Diviners here.
How is your end of year reading coming along?