This past year was the first time I have ever kept track of my reading statistics. I didn’t break it down by category/genre/gender as some people do, but I did find it rather interesting to see how I did this year. I do like comparisons, so I can only imagine that next year’s information will be even more interesting as I will be able to compare my year-over-year performance. It’s the accountant in me; just go with it.
Anyway, here’s how I stacked up this year:
- 197 books read, of which 35 were audiobooks
- 54,551 pages total
- 18.41 days spent listening to audiobooks
- 150.28 average pages read per day, or approximately 0.54 books read per day
- 57 percent of the books read were review copies
As for what I read, while it was review-copy heavy, 2011 was an excellent year in books. Here is a list of my favorites for the year:
- The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (audiobook)
- Paper Towns by John Green
- Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
- Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkenan
- Where She Went by Gayle Forman
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Doc by Mary Doria Russell
- Bossypants by Tina Fey (audiobook)
- Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
- The Tiger by John Vaillant
- Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
- The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (audiobook)
- Vlad: The Last Confession by C. C. Humphreys
- Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
- Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audiobook)
- Practical Jean by Trevor Cole
- Children of Paranoia by Trevor Shane (audiobook)
- When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
- The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum (audiobook)
- Monsters in America by W. Scott Poole
- The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
- Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
I can never narrow down the list to something a bit more manageable, but I will say that Sarah Pekkenan’s Skipping a Beat, Veronica Roth’s Divergent, and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One are the three books for which I championed the most throughout the year. If you didn’t have the pleasure last year, I highly recommend checking them out this year!
As I mentioned earlier, it was a heavy review copy year. 57 percent is way too high. I suspect this was in part due to my evolution as a blogger. If my first year was figuring everything out, my second year was all about finding my way as a serious reviewer/blogger. Even though I wish I would have read more of my own books and not let review copies dictate my reading list as much as I did, I now know in what direction I want to go next year. Everything is a learning opportunity, right?
Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with my numbers and what I read, except for the number of review books I read. On the website, it was even better. I was nominated for best feature during the Book Blogger Appreciation Week; Armchair BEA grew beyond our wildest dreams. I solidified my relationships with certain publishers and authors. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
I hope everyone had a successful 2011. Here’s to meeting all of your goals in 2012!