2012 Half-Way Summary

June is over, so it’s time for the half-way summary for 2012!

  • Total Books Read: 20
  • Books: 12
  • Audiobooks: 8
  • Pages: 2427
    –202 page average total, 261 page average without children’s books included
  • Hours: 94
    –12 hour average per audiobook
  • Fiction: 16
  • Nonfiction: 4 (2 memoirs, 1 biography, 1 collection of myths)
  • Female Authors: 15
  • Male Authors: 4
  • New-to-Me Authors: 14
  • Not New-to-Me Authors: 5
  • Most Read Author: Lauren Willig (2 books)
  • Books by Dead Authors: 1
  • Books by Living Authors: 19
  • American Authors: 11
  • Non-American Authors: (1 South African, 1 Pakistani, 1 British, 1 Canadian, 1 Guatemalan, 1 Tanzanian)
  • Longest Book: The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig (388 pages)
  • Shortest Book: Ivy and Intrigue by Lauren Willig (106 pages)
                   –Kele’s Secret by Tololwa Mollel (14 pages) was shortest children’s book
  • Longest Audiobook: The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry (19 hours)
  • Shortest Audiobook: The Color Purple by Alice Walker (8 hours)
  • Challenges Finished: 1 (of 3): LM Montgomery Mini-Challenge 2012
  • Challenges Continuing: 2 (of 2 remaining)
    –Around the World in 12 Books Challenge (5 of 12 read)
    –RIP VII Challenge (annually takes place in September-October, so it hasn’t even started, but I resolved to read 4 in those two months)
  • Resolutions Finished: 0 (0f 4)
  • Resolutions Continuing: 4 (of 4)
    –Copyright 2012 Resolution (3 of 5 read)
    –Personal Collection Resolution (2 of 10 read)
    –Years of Books Resolution (2 of 5 read)
    –Inspirational Resolution (2 of 5 read)

General facts about my year so far:

  • I haven’t eaten fast-food once this year, although I may have started eating out at restaurants more than I used to 🙂 But I don’t eat out nearly as often as I used to eat fast food, so health-wise it’s better, but it probably hasn’t made a big difference, finance-wise.
  • Nick and I bought a house in February 2012 and we are “almost” done fixing it up (biggest/most time-consuming project so far has been putting on a new roof)
  • In March 2012, I went to see Hunger Games at midnight with friends
  • I started to run in April 2012 after years of vowing I’d never be one of those people 🙂
  • My younger sister got married in May 2012
  • We bought Nick a truck in May 2012
  • I ran my first 5K in June 2012–I also hit 6 miles as my farthest distance of continual running in June 2012
  • My maternal grandpa died in June 2012 😦
  • Nick and I had our 9th anniversary in June 2012 (that’s 9 years together, not married)

a yearly wrap-up {2011}

Some Numbers:

  • Total Books Read: 83
    • Books Read: 68
      • Pages Read: 19493
      • Longest Book:
        HP and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (reread) = 870 pages
        The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown = 509 pages
      • Shortest Book:
        The Marquise of O— by Heinrich von Kleist (short story) = 30 pages
        Meet Kit by Valerie Tripp = 69 pages
      • Average Pages per Book: 287
    • Audiobooks Listened To: 15
      • Time Listened: 143 hours
      • Longest Audiobook: Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland = 16 hours
      • Shortest Audiobook: Mary Poppins by PL Travers = 3.75 hours
      • Average Hours: 9.5
  • Fiction: 36
    • Chick Lit: 1
    • Children’s Lit: 9
    • Classics: 3
    • Contemporary Fiction: 5
    • Dystopian: 8
    • Historical Fiction: 8
    • Plays: 0
    • Poetry: 0
    • Short Story: 1
    • Spoofs: 1
    • Young Adult: 15
  • Non-Fiction: 12 (5 memoir, 1 essays, 6 non-fiction)
    • Memoirs/Biographies: 5
    • Essays: 1
    • General Non-Fiction: 6
  • Female Authors: 42
  • Male Authors: 28
  • New (to me) Authors: 54
  • Not New Authors: 16
  • Most Read Author: of re-reads, JK Rowling (all seven Harry Potter books); of new books, Suzanne Collins (all three of the Hunger Games trilogy)
  • Books by Dead Authors: 13
  • Books by Living Authors: 70
  • Books by American Authors: 42 different authors
  • Books by Non-American Authors: 28
    (11 British, 3 Canadian, 1 French, 1 Latvian, 1 Maori/New Zealander, 1 German, 1 Ukrainian, 2 Greek, 1 Australian, 1 Turkish, 1 Chinese, 1 Indian, 1 Italian, 1 Peruvian, 1 Irish)
  • Rereads: The Odyssey by Homer, all of the Harry Potter series, and Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • Library books: 55
  • Books from my collection: 25
    • Kindle Books: 3
  • Daily Lit books: none
  • Online books: none
  • RBC Reads: 1 (Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte)
  • Challenges finished: 3 (Victorian Literature; RIP Challenge; HP Reading Marathon)
  • Challenges failed: none
  • New Year’s Resolutions finished: 5 (all); 1 sub-resolution (Regional World)
  • New Year’s Resolutions failed: 1 sub-sub-resolution (Regional USA)

a wrap-up for 2010

And now it is time to wrap-up 2010 in the reading world 🙂 So now I tell you how I fared on my challenges and resolutions, what sorts of books I read, and which books were my favorites of the year.

First, some numbers. (I am borrowing this list from Michelle at My Books. My Life. from her 2009 wrap-up post, located here.)

  • Total Books Read: 60 (43 “adult”; 17 childrens, as I read a lot of children’s Christmas books)
  • Books Read: 39 (35, 3 DailyLit, 1 online)
  • Audiobooks Listened To: 4
  • Pages Read: 10,629
  • Time Listened: 58.5 hours
  • Average Pages per Book: 303
  • Books Acquired: 25 (plus 82 free books on my new Kindle 🙂 )
  • Fiction: 42
  • Nonfiction: 1
  • Female Authors: 23
  • Male Authors: 14
  • New (to me) Authors: 23
  • Most Read Author: Gail Carriger–I read three books of the Alexia Taribotti quintet written so far
  • Kid’s Lit: 2
  • Children’s Books: 17
  • Contemporary Fiction: 21
  • Chick Lit: 1
  • Historical Fiction: 7
  • Classics: 2
  • Young Adult: 2
  • Non-Fiction: 1
  • Plays: 2
  • Poetry: 1
  • Short Story Collection: 2
  • Spoofs: 2
  • Rereads: 3 (½ for Little Women and P&P each, because I read spoofs)
  • Series Started: 2 (Hitchhiker’s Guide, Parasol Protectorate)
  • Series Continued: 2 (Pink Carnation, Shopaholic)
  • Longest Book: 582 pages (Blankets by Craig Thomas)
  • Shortest Book: 99 pages (Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe)
  • Longest Audiobook: 21 hours (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
  • Shortest Audiobook: 6.5 hours (Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger)
  • Library books: 42 (includes audiobooks)
  • Books from my collection: 14
  • Daily Lit books: 3
  • Online books: 1
  • Challenges finished: 4 (Canadian Author Challenge, Aussie Author Challenge, RIP Challenge, and Historical Fiction Challenge)
  • Challenges failed: 0
  • New Year’s Resolutions finished: 4 (read at least 5 books published in 2010; read at least 26 books; DO NOT read anything that has to do with Jane Austen; complete all challenges started)
  • New Year’s Resolutions failed: 0
  • RBC Reads: 4

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Now for some Challenge/Resolution specifics. Here are the challenges I in which I participated and the books I read for them. (Note: I have already created a post about completing my challenges, located here, so this may be redundant.)

Canadian Author Challenge, hosted by Mrs. Q: Book Addict (my original post about it located here)
Level: Les Liseurs – Read three books by Canadian authors
1) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
2) The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
3) The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Aussie Author Challenge, hosted by Booklover (my original post about it located here)
Level: Tourist – Read three books by Aussie authors
1) Jennifer Government by Max Barry
2) The Secret River by Kate Grenville
3) People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Historical Fiction Challenge, hosted by Alaine – Queen of Happy Endings (my original post about it located here)
Level: Fascinated – Read six historical fiction novels
1) Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
2) Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
3) Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
4) Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
5) Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
6) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge, hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings (my original post about it located here)
Level: Peril the Second – Read two “Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, or Supernatural”books/stories/poems/etc.
1) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
2) miscellaneous works of Edgar Allan Poe, including the poems The Haunted Palace, The Raven, and The Conqueror Worm in The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe and the short storiesLigeia (1838), The Black Cat(1845), and The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether (1856) via PoeStories.com

2010 Resolution

  • Read at least five books published in 2010.
    1) The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
    2) Changeless by Gail Carriger
    3) Blameless by Gail Carriger
    4) Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
    5) Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
  • Read at least 26 books during the year.
    I read 43 “adult” books, so I’d say I beat this one 🙂
  • Read nothing that has anything to do with Jane Austen.
    I had a random spot of really wanting to read some books about her, spoofs or otherwise, but I resisted. And boy can’t I wait to delve back into the world of all things JA 😀

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And, last but not least, my favorites of the year.

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My favorite book/bookish thing acquired in 2010. Usually I only get books, but this year my in-laws bought me a Kindle 2 for Christmas! So it’s safe to say that it’s my favorite bookish thing I’ve gotten this year–even if I haven’t had a chance to read anything on it yet. I can’t get over how much the screen looks like a real book!! 😀

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I have already created five resolutions for the 2011 calendar year and have signed up for an additional challenge. I will create an overview post about these later this week so you can see what my reading goals for 2011 are 😀

I hope everyone had a successful reading year 🙂

EDIT:: I didn’t think to even include this, but here is a look at where I’ve been in my books, as far as geographic locations go. (PS- The link to look at it more interactively is on my sidebar, the globe picture!)