2011 Reading Wrap-Up

One of my favorite book bloggers, The Boston Bibliophile, had this reading meme on her blog. I’d thought it would be fun to fill out and see just what I’ve read this year.

How many books read in 2011?
73 as of today – an all-time record for me!

How many fiction and non fiction?
I read 64 fiction and only 9 non-fiction. I’d like to read a higher percentage of non-fiction next year.

Male/Female author ratio?
I read 54 female authors and 19 male authors. Wow – I didn’t realize I favored female authors so heavily!

Favorite book of 2011?
It’s so hard to choose just one! I think I’d choose Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman. Or maybe Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross. I can’t decide!

Least favorite?
My only one-star review this year was Everything We Ever Wanted by Sara Shepard.

Any that you simply couldn’t finish and why?
I started the audiobook of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and couldn’t finish it because I found the narrator’s voice grating. I plan to read the print version at some point.

Oldest book read?
The oldest book I read was Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden. It was published in 1982.

That’s hard to say because I read a lot that were published in 2011 and I didn’t keep track of the exact day they came out.

Longest and shortest book titles?
Longest: As always, my longest title is a Jen Lancaster book – My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict’s Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb-Ass Is The New Black; Or, A Culture-Up Manifesto
Shortest: Room by Emma Donoghue

Longest and shortest books?
I think the longest was Blind Your Ponies by Stanley West. It was about 19 hours on audio. The shortest was probably Illyria by Elizabeth Hand. It was 144 pages.

How many books from the library?
24 books from the library. I checked out probably 4 times that many. I’m really good at putting books on hold and not nearly as good at actually getting them read!

Any translated books?
I read The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler which was translated to English from Swedish.

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author?
I read 9 books by Meg Cabot which doesn’t surprise me – she’s my go-to fun audio book author.

Any re-reads?

I re-read the first half of Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer in preparation for the release of the movie. I also re-read Dark Lover and Lover Eternal by JR Ward.

Favorite character of the year?
Hmmm…I think Felton Reinstein from Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach or Tom Violet in Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman. Come to think of it, I think Felton will be a lot like Tom Violet when he grows up.

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading?
I went to India, Sweden, Pakistan, England, Holland, Poland, Congo and France.

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation?
I wouldn’t have read Stupid Fast without my friend Molly’s recommendation. I’m so glad she recommended it to me!

Which author was new to you in 2011 that you now want to read the entire works of?

I don’t think there were any that I loved that were new to me that weren’t debut authors – interesting.

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read?
My TBR list is too long – there aren’t any I can think of that I want to read more than any other.

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?
Not really. Most of the books I read were newer books that I read fairly soon after I heard about them.

  • http://rhapsodyinbooks.wordpress.com rhapsodyinbooks

    Fun stats. Holy cow – 19 hours on audio! I read more women than I thought too, but that’s because I read a lot of young adult, so many of which are by females.

  • http://springraine.blogspot.com Bethany

    I didn’t listen to anything on audio…

    I definitely favor female authors too. I’m not sure why, but I can think of only 2 or 3 male authors I enjoyed in 2011.