I 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.
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.
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)
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)
Young Adult: 33
Middle Grade: 2
Contemporary Fiction: 29
Other Fantasy: 9
Short Story Collection: 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
2011 Goals – How’d I do?
- 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.]
Keep up with Goodreads. I’m going to just start from this point on and really try to use it.[Done!]
- 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.]
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.] 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.]
- Aim for reading a print and an audio a week.
- Write reviews within 5 days of finishing the book.
- Read more backlist and classics. Less emphasis on new releases.
- Read more of my own books.
- Catch up on my series.
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!
I liked the 55 coincidence as well. 🙂
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.
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!
I prefer nonfiction or fiction rereads in audio. I do read some new fiction that way but I prefer to read print.
It looks like you had a great year of reading! I wish I could get myself into audio books more
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!
Thanks for sharing, I had very close numbers with a total of 99.here is my recap: http://wordsandpeace.com/2011/12/30/year-of-reading-2011/
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!