Tuesday, January 01, 2013

By the Numbers
For the Year 2012

Total books read: 80.
(Sadly, for the first time since 2007 - the year I created this blog - I failed to read more books than I had read the previous year. Eighty equals my total for 2008, and in 2011 I read 93. I can't really pinpoint all the causes of the lesser output in 2012, but I think I worked more hours than in previous years. According to goodreads, I also read more pages in 2012 than I did in any year since 2007 except 2011 - so, although I know the page count isn't entirely accurate, perhaps I simply read longer books this year. No matter the cause, I'm planning for a higher count in 2013!)

Fiction: 64.
Non-fiction: 16.

Audiobooks: 32.
(I guess I've got to be glad that I can "read" during my commuting time!)

On the Kindle: 16.
(I purchased seven of these. I borrowed the other nine from the Kindle Lending Library.)

Published in 2012: 12.
Published prior to 1990: 1.

Books by male authors: 18.
Books by female authors: 62.

Books that are the first of a series: 8.
Books that are part of a series I started prior to 2012: 14.

Historical fiction: 13.

Biography, autobiography, or memoir: 9.

Young adult: 31.
Juvenile: 4.

Review copies: 5.

Read for my Teaching Through Literature class: 6.
Read with the "book lunch girls" (aka Natalie's Book Club): 10.
Read with my long-time book club: 7 (counting one that I also read with the "book lunch girls").

5-star rating: 6.
(These were Between Shades of Gray [a fabulous young adult historical novel, not to be confused with a certain similarly-named erotic romance], Doomsday Book [which was a re-read for me], Flunking Sainthood, Liar & Spy, One Thousand Gifts, and Unbroken.)
4-star rating: 56.
3-star rating: 17.
2-star rating: 1.

What were your reading numbers for 2012?

What are your reading goals for 2013?


  1. 80 seems like a very good number to me but I can understand the disappointment of apparently reading less.

    My highest number since I've been keeping track was 51. That was way back in 1994 and the first year I wrote them all down.

    In 2012 I read 33 and listened to 5. In 2011 I had read 36 and listed to 5. Would love to know which books you rated 5 star. Can I find that on the blog?

    1. I do acknowledge that 80 is a good number. I'm grateful that I have the luxury of a good amount of discretionary time in which I can read!

      Shortly I'll edit the post to add some links to my 5-star books! I'm also hoping to write a post about my "Favorite Reads of 2013" (which aren't necessarily the same thing).

    2. That should be "Favorite Reads of 2012"!

      Earlier in the year I posted reviews here of two of six 5-star books: Liar & Spy and One Thousand Gifts.

  2. Would love to know which one you rated a "2"...

    1. It's a book titled Muslim Women Reformers. I posted a few thoughts about it on goodreads here.

  3. Love your 5 star picks -- I've read 3 of them and concur -- I bought Gifts based on your suggestion, but it sits there abandoned on my bookshelf. Hopefully I'll get to it in 2013!

    1. I do hope you get to One Thousand Gifts in 2013. It's unique - but I'm still thinking about it almost a year later.

  4. I think 80 is a respectable number but know what you mean.

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

    1. Respectable, yeah. But ... yeah.

      Nice blog name, BTW. :)