The final tally is in: in 2012 I read 87 books, my goal was 50. I also listened to 8 audiobooks but I don't count those in the official tally. I'm not going to list all of them (track me down on Goodreads if you really want to know), but here is some of my favourites and least favourites of the past year.
North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell.
The Garden Party and other Stories, by Katherine Mansfield
Least Favourite Classic
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. Followed closely by Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.
At Home, A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson.
Least Favourite Non-Fiction
Moby Duck: the true story of 28,000 bath toys lost at sea and of the beachcombers, environmentalists and fools, including the author, who went in search of them, by Donovan Hohn
Favourite Guilty Pleasure Read
Dinner at Roses, by Danielle Hawkins. Followed by Match Me if You Can, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Best Kindle Freebie
A Hearth in Candlewood, by Delia Parr
Best New Author (to me) of the year
A quick list of everything else that still stands out to me at the end of the year as definitely being worthwhile reading
Life Stories, by David Attenborough
The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer
Young Prince Phillip: His Turbulent Early Life, by Philip Eade
The Library Book, by various
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
Period Piece, by Gwen Raverat
A quick list of what in retrospect wasn't worth the time
The Yiddish Policeman's Union, by Michael Chabon
Death Comes to Pemberly, by PD James
Secrets of a Lazy French Cook, by Marie-Morgane Le Moel
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Sentence of Marriage, by Shayne Parkinson