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Reading Stats for 2011

We’re only a few days into 2012, but I already feel like I’m lagging behind!  I hope you don’t mind if I reflect for a bit…  2011 has been particularly full of ups and downs, highs and lows, and everything in between.  From Sam’s graduation with his master’s degree, to me leaving my first job, to moving across the country to San Francisco, to my urgent bowel surgery, to the months of healing with and without the ostomy bag, to the acceleration of the end of the year with visits to family in Alabama and Mississippi, and then in the very last days of the year my grandmother passed away… 2011 has been quite the year, to say the least.

I think I will follow last year’s example, skipping the month-by-month summary of events and accomplishments, and I’m still not big on resolutions… I saw a facebook status that sums it up perfectly: “More of the good, Less of the bad!”  That’s what I’m aiming for in 2012.

But since you’re allowing me to reflect a bit on 2011, I’d like to focus on a much more pleasant and interesting topic (to myself)… my Reading Log!

And ooh, even more exciting… now that this is my second year to analyze on this blog, I can compare data!  I hope this is as fun for you as it is for me 🙂

Some stats I have gleaned from a year’s worth of reading:

Data 2010 2011
(Finished) Books Read 94 61
Unfinished Books 4 4
(Finished) Chapter Books 80 61
Picture Books 14 0 (Didn’t count picture books this year)
(Finished) Audio Books 16 4
(Finished) Kindle Books 21 15
Longest Book to Read (not including Audio books) Five Sisters, by James Fox
7/7/10-10/23/10 = 108 days
Who’s Your City?, by Richard Florida
1/3/11-4/17/11 = 104 days
Books Read in a Day or Less (not including picture books) 13 7
Books with A+ Rating (in chronological order) (1) Anne of Avolea, by L.M. Montgomery(2) The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss

(3) The Help, by Katheryn Stockett

(4) The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, edited by David Shappard

(5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

(6) Home Game, by Michael Lewis

(7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

(8) The Guinea Pig Diaries, by A.J. Jacobs

(9) Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Remen

(10) The Know-It-All, by A.J. Jacobs

(11) Dear Enemy, by Jean Webster

(12) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson

(13) Talkin’ About Bessie, by Nikki Grimes

(14) Magic Island, by Elizabeth Waterston

(15) A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote

(16) The Annotated Persuasion, edited by David Shappard

(17) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson

(1) The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber(2) The Diamond in the Window, by Jane Langton

(3) The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery

(4) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

(5) The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff

(6) Two-Part Invention, by Madeleine L’Engle

(7) Operating Instructions: A Journal of my Son’s First Year, by Anne Lamott

(8) Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card


Books with a C or below Rating (1) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,
by Junot Diaz
(Grade = C)(2) Girls in Trucks, by Katie Crouch (Grade = C)
(1) Confessions of a Book Seller, by Robin Soma-Dudley (Grade = C-)(2) More Confessions of a Book Seller, by Robin Soma-Dudley
(Grade = C+)

(3) Eight Cousins,
by Louisa May Alcott
(Grade = C+)

Books that were Re-Read 20 6

Whew, That was fun!

I obviously didn’t read as much this year, but there were a lot of unsettling times when I just couldn’t read–packing, moving, unpacking, surgeries, etc.  I also stopped reading as much children’s literature when I left my school librarian job (Last year, especially, I read and recorded a lot of picture books, which I didn’t include this year.)  I’m just happy that, as 2012 begins, I’m surrounded by books,  a healthy To-Read list, and no obstacles to keep me from reading as much as I want!

Cheers to reading More of the Good and Less of the Bad in 2012!

What was your favorite book you read in 2011? I’m always looking for more recommendations!

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