For the last couple of years I’ve kept a running list of the books I’ve read over the course of a year. My slightly compulsive brain likes having a record. This year’s list is a little shorter than past ones. I attribute that to working on three separate manuscripts (two completed, plus major rewrites) an editing class, querying agents, and a busier social life, taking up some of my reading time.
2012 by the numbers
25 books read since January. (That doesn’t include single issue comics or the many picture books I read to my insatiable niece.) – 11 graphic novels/12 novels/1 short story collection
24 audiobooks listened to. (Coincidence that it’s equal to the number of books.
Breaking it down by category
6 read on my Kindle
4 of the 6 Kindle reads were unpublished manuscripts reviewed for my critique group. (I’m not counting the many times I read and reread my own work as I edited.)
4 books I’d read in the past and wanted to revisit.
5 borrowed from friends
3 from the library
16 young adult – 5 books/10 audiobooks
7 middle grade – 4 books/3 audiobooks
4 nonfiction – 4 audiobooks
Favorite Author numbers
2 Neil Gaiman – 1 book (Fragile Things)/ 1 audiobooks (The Graveyard Book, one of the revisited)
2 Jane Austen (Mansfield Park) (Emma, one of the revisited)
1 Jasper Fforde (the Last Dragonslayer)
2 Brian K. Vaughan (False Faces) (Ex Machina vol.9)
1 Douglas Adams (the Salmon of the Doubt)
Currently, I’m reading Bumped by Megan McCafferty and listening to Cold Days by Jim Butcher. But I’m only counting the books I finished before the end of the year. Alright 2013, show me what you got!
Edited: I finished Bumped this morning so I went back and added to the totals.
Is it wrong that I’m pleased to have contributed so many distractions last year? I can’t wait until Colleen learns to read and we can all lounge around together devouring our own books.
What a fab idea! I just might do it myself in 2013. It’s too late for 2012 because it would be too difficult for me to go back over everything I read this year and I’d invariably miss stuff. I will say I read a lot of post-WW II history like “The Age of Reagan” and “Nixonland.” Plus, I read a good number of graphic novels like “Feyman,” ” Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout,” “A People’s History of American Empire,” “The Complete Persepolis,” and others.
I recommend everyone start doing this!
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