The Sunday Salon: 2010 Reading in Numbers & 2011 Goals

The Sunday Salon.comHappy New Year! (I realized I didn’t say that yesterday). Today is my final year-end wrap up post and it looks ahead to 2011 a bit at the end with some goals. This is one of my favorite posts because I love stats and figuring all of this out was really fun for me. It is my year of reading in numbers. And if you missed it, I posted my favorite books of 2010 yesterday).

Some Numbers:

Books Read: 76 (up from 42 last year)
Print: 56
Audio: 20
Pages Read: 18,214
Audio Hours: 286.7 (just under 12 whole days!)
Average Pages per Book: 325
Average Pages Read per Day: 50
Books Acquired: Somewhere between 100 and 150

Fiction: 70
Nonfiction: 6

Female Authors: 49
Male Authors: 27
New (to me) Authors: 47
Most Read Author: JK Rowling (7)

Age group:

Adult: 42
Young Adult: 28
Middle Grade: 6

Genre:

Contemporary Fiction: 32
Fantasy: 10
Paranormal: 10
Classics: 8
Dystopian: 5
Memoirs: 2
Science: 2
Short Story Collection: 2
Social Issues: 2
Graphic Novel: 1
Science Fiction: 1
Verse: 1

Rereads: 7 (Just Harry Potter)

Longest Book: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (819 pages)
Shortest Book: The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy (134 pages)

Longest Audio: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (30 hours)
Shortest Audio: Stardust by Neil Gaiman (6.5 hours)

Library books: 43 (yikes!)
Books from my collection: 33

Average Rating: 4.18 out of 5

Published in:
2011: 2
2010: 27
2009: 13
2008: 3
2007: 0
2006: 2
2005: 3
2004: 0
2003: 5
2002: 0
2001: 1
2000: 1
1990s: 10
1900-1989: 6
1800s: 3 (*hangs head in shame*)

2010 Goals – How’d I do?:

  1. I want to read more adult literature than young adult/middle grade.  While I love YA/MG books, I felt like I got a little distracted from other books in 2009.  So it doesn’t matter if it’s one book more or 30 books more, I just want to read more adult literature than not. [Final count: 42 adult, 34 YA/MG]
  2. I’m aiming for 20% of my books to be classics.  That’s a little better than I did in 2009. [Boy did I fail this one].
  3. And I’m aiming for 15% of my books to me nonfiction/memoir v. fiction.  I’m trying to broaden my reading horizon. [Only 7% 😦 ].
  4. Specific authors: Margaret Atwood (never read); Isabelle Allende (never read); Kurt Vonnegut (haven’t read in awhile). [And Margaret Atwood remains unread once more. As well as Allende].
  5. Specific books: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld; The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (my one daunting read for the year) ; Finish the last 5 Betsy-Tacy books; The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharto. [Wow. I didn’t finish any of these. I did read two more of the Betsy-Tacy books. I think specific book goals are not good for me].

Five goals in 2011:

  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.
  2. Keep up with Goodreads. I’m going to just start from this point on and really try to use it.
  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.
  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.
  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.

Do you have any reading/blogging goals this year? Were you surprised by any of your stats?