Thursday, January 10, 2013
I am a bibliophage, a life-time reader who never seems to have enough books or shelves. I believe one can never read too much or have too many books. When not actually reading I can often be found on the boards at GoodReads talking about books, and have joined their year-long reading challenge the last few years. I also tend to read across several different genres, and have found that by doing so I never (or very rarely) become bored or burned out on reading. Here's a look at how 2012 shaped up.
1. Number of Books read: I had a goal of 100; I read 106. Books ranged in length from 55-page novellas to the 976 page Anna Karenina. Total number of pages read was 30,868.
2. Genres read: Classics, Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult, Literary Fiction — many in the romance, mystery and YA genres also contained paranormal elements.
3. Number of Different Authors: About 60 (some books were multi-author anthologies)
4. New-to-me authors: I read 21 new-to-me authors in 2012 — Ellery Adams * Toni Anderson * Patricia Briggs * Anne Brontë * Michael Connelly * Jamie Ford * Kaui Hart Hemmings * Tami Hoag * Sue Ann Jaffarian * Linda O. Johnston * Julie Kenner * Aldo Leopold * Ridley Pearson * Nancy Pickard * Rick Riordan * Wendy Roberts * Nichole Robertson * Leo Tolstoy * Meredith Webber * H.G. Wells * Phyllis A. Whitney
5. Authors I read more than once: Ellery Adams * Louisa May Alcott * Madelyn Alt * Patricia Briggs * Kate Collins * EJ Copperman * Casey Daniels * Lori Foster * Jeaniene Frost * Tami Hoag * Lisa Kleypas * Johanna Lindsey * Elizabeth Lowell * Julie Miller * Ridley Pearson * Nancy Pickard * Rick Riordan * Wendy Roberts * Jill Shalvis * Amanda Stevens * Vicki Lewis Thompson * Heather Webber
6. Authors I plan to read again: As I already have books in Mount TBR by most of the authors read in 2012, I think it would be easier to say which author/s I am least likely to read again (at least in 2013). That would most likely be Lorna Barrett, Shirley Jackson, Dorothy L Sayers and HG Wells.
7. Best overall read of the year: This may shock some people but…Two of the books I enjoyed most were A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë.
8. Best overall romance I read this year: Holly Lane by Toni Blake.
9. Best overall mystery: Deeper Than the Dead by Tami Hoag — this was my introduction Hoag, who I will definitely be reading again this year
10. Most imaginative world: Rick Riordan’s modern day Mount Olympus, Ridley Pearson’s Disney After Dark series, JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth.
11. Weirdest read: The Time Machine by HG Wells.
12. I am tired of: I don’t think there are any subjects I am tired of. There was one author I determined NOT to read again—not because she isn’t a good writer, but because she has a habit of seizing on a motif in her books, and then beating it to death. Which made the books I read by her less enjoyable.
13. Reading goal for 2013: Once again I have joined the GoodReads Reading challenge with a goal of 100 books. Within that are mini-goals, such as reading at least 10 classics and catching up on some of the favorite authors/series in Mount TBR.
What about you? What was your year in books like? What was your favorite book read?
P.S. For a complete list of books read, check out the 2012 Books Page. You'll find links there for every book/author read, should you be interested in picking some up for yourself. Happy reading!