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2012 Year in Review – Transparency, Progress & Trends

I always think some self-reflection and analysis are important at the end of the year. In a very uncharacteristic move, I put this annual process in number form. (I don’t do numbers).

What I hope to show with these numbers is transparency, progress and trends. Transparency to show you where I get my books from. Progress to show how many books I’ve read this year and which were the best reads. And trends to show what genres have risen, died or are merely “sleeping.”

Transparency – Where I Got My Books

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Out of the 60 total books I’ve read this year (including one in progress), here are the ways I got books this year. I bought more books than I thought, which is always a good thing.

Progress – Total Books Read

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And a partridge in a pear tree.

How many books did you read this year? Did you meet your goal?

Trends – Book Genres I Read in 2012

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I really broke this down by sub-genre, as YA and Fantasy are two huge, main genres I read. From this chart, I see that dystopias, angels and epic fantasy books are alive and well.

I was surprised to see how many science fiction YA books I’d read, and was happy to see a resurgence of dragons and mythology.

Book Series & Sequence Order

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As you can see, I read a TON of books that were either debut novels by authors or the first in a series. Some series I will most definitely keep up with…others not so much.

I did pretty well with my Sophomore Reading Challenge, having read a good number of books that were sequels of some sort. What surprised me the most, were the number of standalone, or one-off, books.

YA is not known for one-offs, but it was refreshing to see. Two of my fave standalones were For Darkness Shows the Stars and The Dark Unwinding.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Pam

    Thanks, Lisa for all your inspiring reviews and suggestions. Didn’t make my goal of 75 books but got close. Impressed with your charts and graphs. Can’t wait for the next challenge. Read on!

  • http://twitter.com/sillylittle Linda P

    I love all the graphs and charts. I did something similar last year and plan to do it again this year. I find it fun to see graphically representations on what you read.

  • Jen

    For Darkness Shows the Stars actually has a sort of sequel coming out I think next year! It’s a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel and it’s called Across a Star-Swept Sea.

    Love all of your charts!!

  • http://twitter.com/heylisarenee Lisa!

    I LOVE CHARTS.

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