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As for the wrap-up, I liked the stats that I pulled last year so I'm looking at most of the same ones this year. Overall, I think it was a good year except for being a little bit short on the actual blogging!
Pages Read: 31367
Last year I read 24914+ pages (I wasn't recording bedtime chapter books with Z yet). This year does include them but it's obvious that I read more of my own books as well.
Books Read: 104
This year was on track as an average year. I am happiest when I read right around 100 books -- any less and I don't feel like I read enough, too many more and I feel like I neglected other important things.
Non-US/UK Authors: 11
Books in Translation: 6
Original Languages: Japanese, Icelandic, Spanish (3), Norwegian
Last year it was only 4 books in translation so I think this is a nice improvement. And last year it was 9 non-US/UK authors, regardless of language. I would still like these numbers to be higher but I'm satisfied in the variety that I chose this year.
New-to-Me Authors: 39
Most Read Author: Diana Wynne Jones -- 15 books
I think this is a pretty good number of new authors, especially since I obviously focused on re-reads this year. I had no idea that I had read 15 books by DWJ!
Oldest Book Read: The Diamond Lens and Other Stories by Fitz-James O'Brien - 1858
Longest Book Read: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson - 763
Books Over 500 Pages: 10
Blackout by Connie Willis (491, close enough)
All Clear by Connie Willis (641)
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (508)
Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones (517)
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (537)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon (636)
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (560)
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (763)
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (724)
The Map of the Sky by Félix J. Palma (591)
These 10 books were almost 20 percent of the pages I read! I plan to tackle more chunksters next year too. Even though it's harder to keep a schedule on the blog, it's more satisfying to read longer stories once in a while.
I am actually shocked that this number is so low. I really thought it was more than this. This is the one number that I really see as a failure. Luckily, I have some fantastic non-fiction titles in my TBR stacks for the coming year.
Books From My Shelves: 59
Books From the Library: 20
Review Books/ARCs: 26
My goal was 50 books from my shelves so I call this a success! I started using the library a bit more for read-alongs but 20 is still keeping it nicely in check. As for review books, this is still over two a month which I might decrease a bit more in the coming year.
Would Not Read Again: 9 maybe nots
These are definitely numbers I can live with! Besides the DNF, there were no books that I would absolutely not read again. I chose well this year.
Best New-to-Me Reads of the Year:
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis
The Solitary House by Lynn Shepherd
The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon
The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino
The Infernals by John Connolly
The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde
Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley (review in January)
Best Re-Reads of the Year:
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Aunt Maria by Diana Wynne Jones
Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I have a couple more reviews to finish before I can close the book, so to speak, on this year -- The Map of the Sky, The Woman in Black and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Look for those reviews in the coming weeks.
How was your reading this year? Did you get to read as much as you planned to or wanted to? What was your favorite book of 2012?
Tying up loose ends,