Happy New Year!!!
What a reading year! I read 106 books in 2011, up from the 72 books I read in 2010. According to Goodreads, that’s a total of 30,030 pages. Overall, I’ve had a pretty good reading year. I’ll be sharing my favorites throughout the week, but today I wanted to look at my books by the numbers because my stats look verrrry different from last year.
The biggest changes in my reading were in the amount of nonfiction I read and the amount of ebooks I read. Both jumped significantly.
I read 65 books by women, 36 books by men, and 5 books by both. Of the 106 books read, 41 books were by people of color.
I read 60 printed books, 39 ebooks, and listened to 7 audiobooks.
One of the most shocking realizations for me was how many review copies I read this year: I read 28 books from my shelves (or e-shelves), 28 from the library, and a whopping 50 from publishers, 24 of which came from NetGalley. That’s insane.
My reading/blogging goals for 2012:
- Cut down on review copies. I had no idea I was reading that many — no wonder I could never make a dent in my shelves! — and I think I feel much more comfortable keeping my ARC stats to somewhere around ⅓ (or less) of my total reading, rather than ½!
- Comment more, both on my own blog (*hangs head in shame*) and on other people’s blogs. I swear I’m reading! I just rarely comment.
- Try and keep a couple of fully finished blog posts on hand at all times in case of an emergency. With a few exceptions, I tend to write posts as I go along. This works just swell until life kicks in and I disappear from the face of the internet. And then my blog haz a sad.
- Reread more books. I don’t do this as often as I should.
- Read to my nephew more. Can’t go wrong with that, right?
- Read to my students more. They’re in college, but I teach developmental courses and they’re all at different reading levels. I think they’d appreciate getting to listen to some passages on occasion.
- Read more pre-20th century books. A lot of the books I read were written after 2000, but I do like older books too! Really!
- Add some South American, African, and Australian locations to my Traveling Through Literature map. Those continents look so lonely:
So that’s that. Stay tuned for my favorite reads of 2011. I had a lot of trouble deciding what to feature, so I decided to dedicate all this week to looking back on an excellent year of books; I’ll be posting stuff up every day this week. 🙂