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
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
- 21869 pages read
- 563 pages was the longest book I read (Bitterblue)
- 60 books total- Goal Met
- 24 near perfect books
- 2 complete duds – The Shape of Desire & Dark Kiss
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
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
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.