TSS: 2011 in Review
Today’s post is, unsurprisingly, a look back at my 2011 in books. I’m going to start with some stats about my reading, and then get to my favorites of the year.
- I finished 185 books this year, 170 of which were new-to-me, and 15 of which were re-reads. 170 new books was my personal goal for the year, which I met mostly due to a last-minute sprint yesterday of a short audiobook and lots of NYE preparations.
- 144 of those were paper or e-books, for a total of 52,010 pages read. The remaining 41 were audiobooks, with a total of slightly over 20 full days of listening time. (Plus another 15 hours’ worth of individual short stories.)
- I read books by 125 different authors, 70 of which were new to me. I also did pretty well balancing the sex ratio: 53% percent of the books I read (excluding anthologies) were by female authors.
- Of the new books I read, about 49% came from my TBR pile. Another 5% were e-books, 19% were audiobooks, 19% were graphic novels from the library, and the remaining 7% were regular library books.
- I added 84 books to my TBR pile – the lowest yearly total since I started keeping track. I also either read or cleared 85 books from the pile, however, leaving me with a net change of -1!
- Of the books I read from my TBR pile, the average length of time between when I acquired them and when I finished them was 307 days.
- Half of the books I read were published in 2010 or later; however, the average publication date of my books was 2003.
- Unsurprisingly, my most-read genre was fantasy. I also read quite a bit of science fiction, but less historical fiction and general fiction than in previous years.
I will have a downloadable version of the spreadsheet I use to generate all these stats available soon, I swear!
I’m not going to do a formal “best of” list for 2011, since I always have a really hard time getting my picks down to 5 or even 10 “best” books. Instead, here are my picks-of-the-month for the year!
January: Songs of Love & Death by George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
July: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
October: Sleight of Hand by Peter S. Beagle
December: Banewreaker by Jacqueline Carey
What about you, readers? Read any good books this year?
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