The Sunday Salon: 2011 in Numbers and 2012 Goals

The Sunday Salon.comI know everyone loves the end of year lists, but I personally like this post the best. I like looking back and seeing what my reading year looked like. So maybe this post is mostly for me, but I hope a few of you enjoy it as well. You can skip to the bottom if you just want to see my goals for 2012.

Some Numbers

Books Read: 93 (up from 76 last year)

100 books wasn’t really my goal, but when I saw it in reach, it unofficially became one. However, the pregnancy threw my reading for a loop and my numbers fell drastically the last three months of 2011 (it’s a sad day when reading makes you nauseous). All in all, I am happy with 93 and it is still my best year ever.

Print: 60
Audio: 33

Pages Read: 20,264
Average Pages per Book: 337.7
Average Pages Read per Day: 55.5
Longest Book: Habibi (672 pages)
Shortest Book: Our Town by Thornton Wilder (114 pages)

Audio Hours: 354.9 (almost 15 days!)
Average Length of Audiobook: 10.2 hours
Average Time Spent Listening to Audiobooks per Day: 55 minutes
Longest Audio: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukerjee (20.8 hours)
Shortest Audio: Earth, the Audiobook by Jon Stewart (3.6 hours)

Fiction: 79
Nonfiction: 14

Rereads: 12

Female Authors: 67
Male Authors: 30 (2 books had both a male and female author)
New (to me) Authors: 57
Most Read Author: Jasper Fforde (6)

Target Age

Adult: 58
Young Adult: 33
Middle Grade: 2


Contemporary Fiction: 29
Paranormal: 14
Dystopian: 10
Other Fantasy: 9
Classics: 5
Memoirs: 4
Science: 4
Verse: 4
Gothic: 4
Short Story Collection: 3
Biography: 3
Other Nonfiction: 3
Graphic Novel: 2

Library books: 38
Review Copies: 23
Books from my existing collection: 22
Purchased in 2011: 10

Average Rating: 4.06 out of 5

Published in:
2011: 41
2010: 18
2009: 5
2008: 6
2007: 1
2006: 4
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 1
2002: 2
2001: 1
2000: 1
1900s: 11
1800s: 1

2011 Goals – How’d I do?

  1. Read more during the week. I do most of my reading on the weekend but there is no reason that I can’t read for 30 minutes or an hour every day. [I did alright at this one in early 2011. Not so great the second half.]
  2. Keep up with Goodreads. I’m going to just start from this point on and really try to use it. [Done!]
  3. Read more of my own books. I read a lot of library books this year. I’d like to balance this out a little. [Fail. Fewer library book but more review copies.]
  4. Along those lines, limit myself to two books on hold at once at the library. I hate when all 10 of the books I have on hold come in on the same day. [I did pretty good with this one.]
  5. Use audio mostly for nonfiction and rereads. I enjoy these audiobooks the most and I really want to focus a little more on nonfiction and rereads in general. [All of my rereads were audio and I read a lot more nonfiction.]
2012 Goals:

  1. Aim for reading a print and an audio a week.
  2. Write reviews within 5 days of finishing the book.
  3. Read more backlist and classics. Less emphasis on new releases.
  4. Read more of my own books.
  5. Catch up on my series.
I have no idea what my reading life is going to be like once this baby gets here so I tried to keep my goals pretty vague (except number one). What are you hoping to do differently in 2012?

11 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: 2011 in Numbers and 2012 Goals

  1. Sabine January 8, 2012 / 8:55 am

    Wow, those are impressive numbers. I especially like that you averagely read 55.5 pages and spent 55 minutes listening to an audiobook per day. What a coincidence!

    I wish you a happy reading year and hope that you still get to read a lot after the birth of your child!


    • Michelle January 8, 2012 / 5:20 pm

      I liked the 55 coincidence as well. 🙂


  2. unfinishedperson January 8, 2012 / 9:16 am

    I’m not changing much this year, other than to just read every day. However, I’m with you in reading more backlists and classics.


  3. Kyle @ A Reader's Pensieve January 8, 2012 / 9:43 am

    I’m with you on reading more classics. I’m doing the Back to the Classics Challenge and I’m actually starting with North and South! I know you read that one 🙂 I’m not sure if I’ll be able to read that one just by itself, since it’ll take me a while, so I think I’ll read a couple YA’s along with it.

    I’d like to read more audiobooks too. I tried a couple fiction ones earlier but didn’t like them too much, so I’m thinking nonfiction is the way to go. Earth by Jon Stewart sounds like a good one to start with!


    • Michelle January 8, 2012 / 5:22 pm

      I prefer nonfiction or fiction rereads in audio. I do read some new fiction that way but I prefer to read print.


  4. Helen Murdoch January 8, 2012 / 11:06 am

    It looks like you had a great year of reading! I wish I could get myself into audio books more


  5. Sandy January 9, 2012 / 5:58 am

    I think reading our own books is a big trend over the last year or two. Review copies have a way of taking over if you let it. These look like reasonable goals, although you never know the impact of a baby. I see so many bloggers handle it without a blip. My kids were 20 months apart, so I don’t think I read a book for about three years!


  6. Vishy January 12, 2012 / 9:24 am

    Congratulations on a wonderful reading year, Michelle! 93 books is awesome! I love the way you read quite diversely with respect to genre. I also loved your average rating – it looks like you liked most of the books you read. Hope you have a wonderful reading year in 2012! Happy Reading!


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