This is the second year that I’ve kept track of my reading stats in this much detail, and so can make comparisons.
Challenge-wise, I completed one more challenge this year, but failed at the same number. As for quantity, I read two less books this year than last year.
With intended reading age, I read much less middle grade fiction this year – only 4% of my total reading. Part of this is because my kids are growing up, and so a lot of our read-alouds this past year have fallen into the YA category. I skewed more to the adult side of things than YA – about 70/30, whereas last year, it was closer to 60/30, with about 10% falling into the middle grade category.
My reading taste in genre stayed pretty much the same. Speculative is still my most-read genre, with contemporary fiction a close second and historical fiction coming in third, same as last year. I read more non-fiction this year, which I enjoyed very much. It looks like I read a lot less poetry, but I’m actually in the middle of two giant anthologies that I won’t finish until well into 2012, so that number is a bit deceptive.
One of my main goals in 2011 was to take on less review books. I failed miserably at that goal, with 24% of my reading being review copies in 2010, and a whopping 31% this year. This is a goal I plan to work on again in 2012.
Lastly, when it comes to the gender of the authors I read, I skewed more to the female this year.
Completed challenges: 16
Failed challenges: 5
Total books read: 192 – complete list with links to reviews
Young Adult 28%
Middle Grade 4%
Historical fiction 16%
Non-fiction – history 6%
Mystery and Thriller 5%
Graphic novels and graphic memoirs 3%
General non-fiction 1.5%
Short fiction 1.5%
Christian fiction 0.75%
Christian non-fiction 0.75%
Mixed (anthologies or jointly authored) 3%