Happy New Year!
From being a finalist in the Goodreads awards to participating in World Book Night to meeting Junot again, I definitely had my share of bookish highlights in 2012. One of my biggest accomplishments was the number of books I read: 134! It’s weird and completely unheard of (for me, anyway), but yeah…somehow I managed to get through 134 books this year. That’s 37,236 pages and somewhere in the neighborhood of 202 hours of audiobook listening! This is what my year in reading boiled down to:
I think I’m getting better at finding books I like and putting down books I don’t like (I used to be one of those people who always finished a book no matter what, and I’m trying to let that go). I ended up reading 13 short story collections, 35 general nonfiction books (this is kind of a misnomer, but anything that isn’t a memoir or essay collection is lumped in here), 16 memoirs, 62 novels, 7 essay collections, and 1 anthology of both fiction and nonfiction. The most surprising thing of this year was how many novels I read. There was a big jump up from last year and I couldn’t figure out what it was.
Then it hit me: the audiobooks. I read 85 printed books, 30 ebooks, and listened to 19 audiobooks. Never in my life have I listened to so many audiobooks in a year, and most of those audiobooks were fiction. Without them, my stats would look a lot more like last year’s: roughly half fiction, half nonfiction. Nonfiction audiobooks can be hit or miss for me. If there’s a lot of data, I prefer to read it rather than listen to it, and it’s a lot easier to refer back to a book when it comes time to write a review. So next year, I’ll probably be throwing more memoirs and narrative nonfiction into the audiobook mix.
And finally, the one that made me laugh. Here’s a breakdown of the sources of my books:
Y’all. I actually thought I was doing good this year. After seeing that 47% of my reads in 2011 were advance review copies, my goal for this year was to cut back on ARCs. Even though I could have sworn to you that I was cutting back, apparently I went up by 2% in 2012. I need to make this happen in 2013! My shelves are overflowing!