The Sunday Salon: 2012 in Numbers and 2013 Goals

Books Read: 80 (down from 93 last year)

I read quite a few fewer books than last year, but I also had a baby, so I think it’s cool. And actually, I only read 76 in 2010 , so I’m doing pretty well.

Print: 42 (18 of which were e-books)
Audio: 38

Pages Read: 13,220
Average Pages per Book: 330.5
Average Pages Read per Day: 36.21 
Longest Book: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (550 pages)
Shortest Book: Countdown by Mira Grant (84 pages)
Average Time Spent Reading a Book: 14 days

Audio Hours: 433.4 (over 18 days)
Average Length of Audiobook: 11.1 hours
Average Time Spent Listening to Audiobooks per Day: 1 hour 11 minutes
Longest Audio: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (24.3 hours)
Shortest Audio: Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me by Mindy Kaling (4.6 hours)
Average Time Spent Listening to a Book: 8 days

I read 7000 fewer pages in 2011 but listened to 120 more hours (about 20 fewer pages a day and 20 more minutes of audio).

Rereads: 1

Female Authors: 49
Male Authors: 31
New (to me) Authors: 53
Most Read Author: Lauren Kate and Jacqueline Winspear (4)

Adult: 51
Young Adult: 28
Children: 1

Fiction: 71

General Fiction: 17
Paranormal: 16
Mystery/Psychological Thriller: 9
Women’s Fiction: 7
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic: 6
Classics: 6
Other Fantasy: 5
Historical Fiction: 3
Humor: 1 
Play: 1

Nonfiction: 9

Memoirs: 3
Science: 3
Cultural/History: 3

Library books: 34 (mostly audio)
Review Copies: 21
Books from my existing collection: 25

Mean Year Published: 2006

2012: 33
2011: 19
2010: 5
2009: 4
2008: 0
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 3
2004: 3
2003: 0
2002: 0
2001: 0
2000: 0
1900s: 5
1800s: 0
1700s: 1

2012 Goals – How’d I do?

  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.

Yep – failed them all. Can I blame the baby?

2013 Goals

None. 2013 is a free year for me. I am still trying to find a good balance between work and parenting and reading and blogging and everything else. So I guess my only goal is to find this balance.

7 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: 2012 in Numbers and 2013 Goals

  1. Bryan January 6, 2013 / 9:19 am

    Blame the baby? How dare you! 😛

    I mean, yes, of course, you can blame the baby…in fact, you should.

    I like your goals for 2013. It’s as it should be after such a hectic year this year.


  2. Helen Murdoch January 6, 2013 / 10:43 am

    I am releasing myself from reading goals this year and I am going to see if it makes me enjoy reading again more. Only one reading challenge, no quotas, WAY fewer review requests, etc.

    Happy New Year


  3. Kyle @ A Reader's Pensieve January 6, 2013 / 10:49 am

    I admire your ability to listen to audiobooks! Sometimes after listening for a while, my mind starts to wander and then I realize I have no idea what I’m listening to…oops. I love that you continued to listen to them after E was born. I feel like when I have kids, I’d like to listen to them while feeding them and whatnot. Thanks for the future ideas 🙂


  4. Sandy January 6, 2013 / 11:10 am

    Nope, no goals for me, except to balance as well. Honestly I give you so much credit because when my kids were little I read NOTHING. Nada. Except maybe parenting books. This is how apathetic I am these days – I don’t even know how many books I read in 2012! I guess I should really look into that.


  5. Anita January 6, 2013 / 12:07 pm

    I set a book,goal, overall but I too just want to balance it all. I love new books, it’s exciting but obviously I,felt that way about other books I bought…which sit on my shelves.
    You did a wonderful job with a new baby!!!!


  6. Gayle January 14, 2013 / 1:41 am

    Yes, of course you can blame the baby! You still did a great job at 83. I was down to 47 this year. I blame the baby AND a new job. Oh well! Great wrapup – I love how you analyze your list. 🙂


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