So, how much did I manage to read, watch, and collect during 2012?
I begin each and every New Year with the simplest of reading goals: To try and read more books than I buy/get (and thus make some kind of visible dent in my always gigantic "To Be Read" stack). Since I managed to do that in 2011, in 2012 I added a second goal: To read at least one book a week, for a somewhat impressive sounding total of 52 books.
I began the year with 197 books sitting in my "To Be Read" stack.
Number of books read: 49. Three books shy of my goal of 52, but six more books than I read last year. According to my Good Reads account, however, I read an impressive sounding 57 books, because Good Reads counted 8 graphic novels, which I counted separately, see below.
Last book of the year: Distant Thunders, the fourth book in the Destroyermen series.
Best book of the year: Reading Like A Writer, by Francine Prose.
Worst book of the year: Death Moon, by Alex S. Johnson.
The most read author(s) of 2012: Taylor Anderson (3), Joe R. Lansdale (3), Clive Cussler (2), Warren Fahy (2), Nancy Kilpatrick (2), and Stephen King (2).
Okay, that was what was taken off of my "To Be Read" stack. But how much was added to it?
Total number of books bought in 2012: 22.
First book purchased: Raquel E. Gur and Ann Braden Johnson's helpful and informative resource guide, If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia. As much as I would love to say that I bought and read it to research a writing project, it was for personal reasons.
Last book purchased: The Buffalo Hunter, by Peter Straub. A double dip that I completely forgot about making, until I got an e-mail informing me that my order had shipped. I don't even remember when I ordered the book.
Number of books given to me (as gifts) in 2012: 8.
Number of books solicited for review: 1.
Grand Total: 31. (Primary goal, to have read more than I got, achieved.)
Number of books in my "To Be Read" stack on January 1, 2013: 180 (A number that I'm okay with reaching, but I would have been a lot happier if I had managed to get it down to 177.)
The book that is taking me into 2013: Just An Ordinary Day, by Shirley Jackson.
Comic Books/Graphic Novels:
Comic books/graphic novels read in 2012: 49. That number looks awfully familiar to me. It is also embarrassingly low.
First: House of Mystery relaunch, issue six.
Last: How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, by Matthew Inman.
A sync error erased my comic book buying list. After much cursing and ranting, I just rolled my eyes and forced myself to let it go. I hope that I will be able to tell you all about my comic book buying next year.
Movies watched: 183.
I have already listed what I consider to be the 10 very best and 10 absolute worst movies that I saw during 2012.
First movie of 2012: Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Last movie of 2012: Les Miserables.
Movies/DVDs bought in 2012: 33.
I filled in quite a few blank spots in my personal collection this year. The first gap I filled (with my very first purchase of the year) was in the Third Doctor section of my ever growing collection of Doctor Who serials, Spearhead from Space (Story 51). This was John Pertwee's very first adventure as the Doctor, and it was also the only original series serial to be shot entirely on film.
But Doctor Who is a TV show. The very first movie I purchased on DVD in 2012 was Lars Von Trier's excellent and unsettling film, Melancholia.
The last movie I purchased in 2012: You Only Live Twice.
Number of movies given to me (as gifts): 16. (Ten of those movies were "given" to me when I started an UltraViolet account and downloaded the free copies of two movies I had received as Xmas gifts, but I don't know if I will be allowed to "keep" those freebies, or not.)
The number of soundtracks I bought in 2012: 24.
2012 got off to a grand start with several "Holy Grail" soundtracks getting a long thought to be impossible CD release. The biggest and best of these grails were Harry Manfredini's scores for the first six Friday the 13th movies.
But that boxed set was my second soundtrack purchases of 2012. The very first was the expanded edition reissue of Leonard Rosenman's Academy Award nominated score for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
My last soundtrack purchase: John Barry's score for A View to a Kill.
Soundtracks given to me (as gifts): 1. (Thomas Newman's score for Skyfall.)
I started gaming again the year (board and card, not video*).
Number of games I bought in 2012: 5.
First game I bought: Tribbles Customizable Card Game.
Last game I bought: Gloom.
Game(s) given to me as gifts: 2.
Well, that's it for 2012, folks. Until the end of the year, enjoy doing whatever it is that you enjoy doing most.
* I don't really enjoy video games, so I don't play them all that much.