Saturday, December 31, 2011

Looking Back at 2011

I didn't really have a set goal for the number of books that I wanted to read this year- I just knew that I wanted to read the same number of books, if not more, than I read in 2010 (which was 115 books)- and I accomplished that goal! Over the past year I have read 135 books.

Of the 135 books I read this year:
  • I reviewed 130 of them (96%)
    • Of those 130 books I reviewed: 
      • 62 were review request books (requests either from the publisher or the author) (47%)
      • 68 were books that I read/ reviewed for fun (53%)

Of the 135 books I read this year:
  • 71 were physical books (53%)
  • 64 were E-books (47%)- I cannot stress to you how much an E-reader has changed my life. I was very much one of those people who always said, "I will NEVER own an E-reader- I will FOREVER read only physical books", but then I got a Kindle... And let me tell you, my reading actually increased. Majorly. In having an E-reader I am now able to accept review requests that I would have previously rejected and in doing so I have discovered so many amazing authors, specifically self-published authors such as Derrolyn Anderson, Megan Duncan, Samantha Young and Denise Grover Swank (and I don't know about y'all, but I personally feel that I read books on my Kindle faster than I read the same book in physical copy- though I have no idea why). It is by far the best purchase I have ever made and well worth the money- as you can see 47% of what I have read this year I read on my Kindle- and food for thought, I only got my Kindle in April so I managed to read 68 E-books in less than 8 months. 

Of the 135 books I read this year:
  • 49 were self-published/ indie (37%)
  • 86 were traditionally published (63%)

Some other silly stats:
  • I read the largest number of books in May- 17 to be exact (13%)
  • I read the least number of books in October- 6 to be exact (4%)
  • I reviewed the largest number of books in July- 12 to be exact (8%)
  • I reread 13 books this year (9%)
 But more importantly than any stats...
  •  I have learned so much this past year- not only about the world of book blogging, publishing and the likes of, but about myself.
    • While I have always loved to read I never thought of doing anything with that love- career-wise specifically. I was fine with the idea of continuing on with my education in bioarchaeological anthropology, eventually getting my masters/ Phd and becoming a professor or a literal working-in-the-trenches-archaeologist, but when I became a blogger and started to learn more of the world of books I came to realize that it is something that I can see myself going for the rest of my life. So last week I followed my passion- instead of applying to grad school for bioarchaeological anthropology as I have intended to do for years, I applied to grad school for a masters program in library and information sciences- when I graduate from the program I will be a qualified librarian (AKA I WILL FOREVER BE SURROUNDED BY BOOKS).
  • Not to mention I have made so many amazing friends and contacts over the year- whether it be here through my blog, through their blogs, through Twitter, or through events such as the YA Sisterhood Heroine Tournament (seriously, I love each and every one of you and appreciate your friendship more than you will ever know!).    

Here is to 2012- may it be even better than 2011 (and may we read even more amazing books)!


  1. Impressive list Avery! Even more impressive is how you kept track of all those stats! Awesome job this year I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for your blog. :) Happy (almost) 2012!

  2. 135 books. Amazing. And here I was proud of the 68 books I read this year.

    How are you going to top that in 2012?

  3. Great job!! And that is so neat that you have come to understand what you want to do as a career through your experiences this year. Sounds like 2011 was a success!

  4. Great reading/reviewing! I want to read more of my own books! LOL

    Congrats on learning more about yourself. I think that is so cool. Hope you really enjoy your studies.

  5. How did you achieve to read 135 books last year? That's incredible, congrats. I bet you had a lot of fun with them. I read 90, but I plan to read 111 this year.


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