Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 Reading Stats

Some statistics from my 2011 Reading

Total books finished: 96
Fiction: 35
Nonfiction: 58
Other (poetry, mixed): 3

Female authors: 49
Male authors: 39
Mixed: 8
Authors new-to-me: 69
Authors with more than one book in my 2011 reads:
Jo Ann Beard (2 -- moving coming-of-age material)
Carrie Fisher (2 -- ballsy yet poignant celebrity memoirs)
James Lileks (2 -- hilarious pop-culture anti-homages)
Keiji Nakazawa (3 -- horrific graphic-novel memoirs of Hiroshima)
Original publication date:
1800s: 1
1920s: 2
1930s: 1
1970s: 5
1980s: 3
1990s: 11
2000s: 25
2010s: 48

Date acquired:
1980s: 2
1990s: 3
2000s: 12
2010s: 79

Notable tags:
Audiobook: 11 (more convenient but more difficult for me than reading)
From the library: 27 (many luscious illustrated books)
History or historical fiction: 26 (a goal, see below)
Humor: 14 (yay!)
Illustrated: 33 (a pleasure)
Novella: 7 (in 2012, it’s tomes)
Translated: 10 (an unwritten goal)
Workplace: 7 (my favorite setting)

Ratings: 77% are 3- to 4-star (okay to good), which exactly describes my reading year. Next year, I want better.

From my goals last January:
“In 2011, I want to read a little more history
--success! read 26 books of history/historical fiction--
and a few more classics,
--marginal, with 4--
to pull predominately from my TBRs,
--success! read 38 of 40 I’d set as goal and decreased my TBRs from 291 to 263--
and to [get to] other (non-book) reading [e.g. backlogged stacks of New Yorkers].”
--fail, but I'm going at it again in 2012--

Beginning tomorrow: reviews (or less-formal comments) on my ten favorite reads in 2011.

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