Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Reading Year in Review

Now that 2011 is officially over, I can look back on what I've read.  Sure, my goal was to read 100 books this past year.  I miss it by 10. 

Out of the 90 for 2011, the genres broke down like this:

Urban Fantasy - 27
Paranormal Romance - 16
Dystopian/Speculative/Post Apocalyptic - 11
Romantic Suspense - 7
Fantasy - 7
Paranormal Suspense - 6
SF - 5
Mystery - 3
Historical Romance - 2
Literature - 2
Suspense - 2
Thriller - 1
Nonfiction - 1

I seem to remember wanting to read more literature and nonfiction when the year started, but I got busy.  So many great books in other genres came out this past year, that I fell down on the last few categories.  And of course, Urban Fantasy tops the list again because hey, I've been working on this UF manuscript for like ever and I need to see what the competition is up to.  (At least that's what I tell myself.)

And the age ranges looked like this:

Adult - 74
YA - 14
MG - 3

Thirty of the books I read this year were by new-to-me authors.

June and July tied for the most books read in a month at 11 books each.  October failed with only 3 books read - but hey, I wrote like a banshee that month.  And my eyes were tired.  Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket.

And there she is - stats for 2011.  Any questions?  How do you think your reading went last year?  Were you busy-busy without a lot of time to read?  Or did you leave my numbers in the dust?  And if you had to guess, what do you think your most read genre is?


  1. Great stats, B.E. - love that you read some MG stuff!

    My stats would look pathetic next to yours - I think I read mostly literature and romance (oh, yeah, and one fabulous book about genies - Urban Fantasy - a new-to-me genre ;)

  2. The MG was all Rick Riordan this year, Janet. I love his take on mythology. OMG, I did read this one incredible historical romance that's not on the list. =o) And I hope that one book helps you catch the UF bug.

  3. I read more than I thought I could (59!). Vacation helps in that regard, I think. As for genres - I'm lucky to get the name and author written down. And most of the time I have no idea what the genre is. There are too many blurred cross-overs. I do read mostly romance, though, and I love paranormal, but hey - it's what I write. And I write what I love to read.

  4. Holy cow! 90? That's incredible. I didn't track mine completely, but it was more around 60.

  5. That's a lot of books! I'm jealous. So you're a urban fantasy lover, eh? I get that. :)

  6. I didn't think to track mine, but I'm definitely going to this year. As the weather gets colder, I get less motivated to do ANYTHING but hide inside my house, which means lots of reading (mostly literary fiction) and listening to audiobooks (yay YA!)

    I've just downloaded The Hobbit and LOTR on audiobook. It is time to revisit Middle Earth...