At the beginning of the year, I posted a list of goals for my 2012 reading. Now that the year is over, I’ve discovered that I did well with some goals, and not so well with others.
First, I vowed to read for quality, not quantity and stop avoiding chunksters. In the past, I participated in a challenge to read at least one more book than the year before. I found that caused me to avoid longer books, and so I decided to stop worrying about numbers. This is one goal I managed to accomplish. My total number of books read was down from 192 in 2011 to 138 in 2012. I read 10 books that were over 500 pages, and two Stephen King chunksters that were around 1,000 pages each.
Next, I wanted to read more of my own books. I did just okay with this goal. In 2011, 29% of the books I read were my own. This year, the number was 36%. I also wanted to limit review copies. This seems to be a never-ending challenge for book bloggers. I wanted to limit review copies to one per month, but that didn’t happen. I did bring my numbers down some, though: in 2011, 31% of my reading was review copies; in 2011, it was 22%.
I also made it a goal to read more works by author I already loved and enjoyed, and I kept my new author reading down to 40% in 2012, so I’m happy with that. Finally, I wanted to read more non-fiction in 2012. I failed miserably at this goal; only 3% of my reading was nonfiction. I am unapologetic about this however; this was a very difficult year for our family, and so I needed the escape of fiction.
Rereading familiar favorites is also something I do during times of stress, and I reread my beloved Anne of Green Gables series (I’m still working on this – currently reading Rilla of Ingleside), as well as my three favorite Jane Austen titles. And what makes better escapist reading than crime fiction? I read a lot more mysteries and thrillers in 2012, and my favorite find was the Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd.
My goals for 2013 are going to be the same as last year’s: don’t worry about numbers, read more of my own books, limit review copies, and read more non-fiction. I’m very much looking forward to the 2013 “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge, because it will motivate me to read some of those books I’ve been meaning to for years. I am also going to take part in a few other challenges – but that’s tomorrow’s post.
Finally, I leave you with my actual stats for 2012. As I look at the percentage of 4- and 5-star reads, I realized that one of the biggest things blogging has done for my reading is to make me better at picking books to read. Either that, or I’m getting less picky as I age!
Total books read: 138 – complete list with links to reviews
Reading age: – these stats are almost identical to 2011
Young Adult: 28%
Middle Grade: 5%
Genre: – more historical fiction, and a lot more crime fiction this year
Speculative fiction: 31%
Historical fiction: 22%
Contemporary fiction: 21%
Christian nonfiction: 2%
New authors: 40%
Number of books read aloud to the kids: 8
Total pages read: 36,069
Total audio time: 494 hours and 21 minutes