Thursday, December 27, 2012

Books 2012 + Book Stats

My favorite books of 2012 are here.


Here are some interesting (?) stats about the books I read in 2012 (complete list below).

The books I read in 2012 were:

68% fiction. This is by far the highest percentage since I started keeping track.

32% non-fiction (obviously).

Furthermore, 57% of the fiction was Young Adult. This is by far the lowest YA percentage since I started keeping track. So I'm reading more fiction, but less of it is YA. Hooray?

Overall, 39% of the books I read were Young Adult.

11% of the books I read in 2012 were non-first-time reads.

9% of 2012's reading list were books that Jeremy also read this year. This is way down from previous years. We need to get on that.

I read 27% of the books in their physical, hard-copy format, at least in part. A few of those I also had on Kindle and switched between the two formats. This was mostly true for non-fiction books so I could look at the pictures/graphs/maps more easily.

79% of the books were checked out from the library. The rest I either own/bought or (more likely) were borrowed from a friend. The library percentage includes books I checked out from the library in the Kindle format.

Only 7% of the books I read this year were audiobooks.

The longest stretch between completion of a book was two weeks at the end of October between Every Other Day and Catherine the Great.

My longest stretch of YA books was in May/June with four in a row: EnclavePandemoniumSilence, and Crossed.

My longest stretch of awesome books was over the summer, when I read four of my favorite books in 2012 right in a row: The Scorpio Races, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Make the Bread, Buy the Butter, and  A Safeway in Arizona. What a great month of reading that was.

My most productive period of reading was (surprise, surprise) when I was alone in Sharjah while Jeremy and the girls were in the US. I finished a book on July 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, and 11th. It was awesome.

Reading is awesome, too. I do it any chance I get. In case you can't tell.


Now for the list.

Young Adult/Juvenile Literature
Calico Captive (Elizabeth George Speare)
Please Ignore Vera Dietz (A.S. King)
Every Other Day (Jennifer Lynn Barnes)
Sweethearts (Sara Zarr)
Bitterblue (Kristin Cashore)
Clockwork Prince (Cassandra Clare)
Wither (Lauren DeStefano)
Legend (Marie Lu)
Ultraviolet (R.J. Anderson)
The Enemy (Charlie Higson)
The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater)
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (E. Lockhart)
Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)
Under the Never Sky (Veronica Rossi)
Shatter Me (Tahereh Mafi)
Unearthly (Cynthia Hand)
Hallowed (Cynthia Hand)
Crossed (Ally Condie)
Silence (Becca Fitzpatrick)
Pandemonium (Lauren Oliver)
Enclave (Ann Aguirre)
Imaginary Girls (Nova Ren Suma)
Tomorrow, When the War Began (series) (John Marsden)
All These Things I've Done (Gabrielle Zevin)
Angelfall (Susan Ee)
Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)
The Death Cure (James Dashner)
Kissing Shakespeare (Pamela Mingle)

Classics
North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy)
Anne of the Island (L.M. Montgomery)
Anne of Avonlea (L.M. Montgomery)
Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)

Fiction
Child of the Prophecy (Juliet Marillier)
Definitely Not Mr. Darcy (Karen Doornebos)
Midnight in Austenland (Shannon Hale)
I Am Half Sick Of Shadows (Alan Bradley)
A Fatal Waltz (Tasha Alexander)
A Poisoned Season (Tasha Alexander)
And Only to Deceive (Tasha Alexander)
A Study in Sherlock (Laurie R. King)
Pope Joan (Donna Woolfolk Cross)
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Alan Bradley)
Daughter of the Forest (Juliet Marillier)
The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains (Owen Wister)
A Town Like Alice (Nevil Shute)
Son of the Shadows (Juliet Marillier)
The Flight of Gemma Hardy (Margot Livesy)

Memoir/Biography
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness (Alexandra Fuller)
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (Robert K. Massie)
Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood (Barbara Demick)
The House by the Dvina: A Russian Childhood (Eugenie Fraser)
Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Aron Ralston)
A Midwife's Story (Penny Armstrong)
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (Alexandra Fuller)
A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter (William Deresiewicz)
The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith (Joanna Brooks)
The Storyteller's Daughter: One Woman's Return to Her Lost Homeland (Saira Shah)
The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo (Paula Huntley)

Current Events/Historical Non-Fiction
The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush (Howard Blum)
A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America (Tom Zoellner)
Beyond the Deep: Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave (William Stone)
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (Erik Larson)
Lost in Shangri-la (Mitchell Zuckoff)
A Night to Remember (Walter Lord)
Deception: The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today (Edward Lucas)
Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power (Robert D. Kaplan)
1861: The Civil War Awakening (Adam Goodheart)
Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--From 9/11 to Abbottabad (Peter L. Bergen)

Other
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter (Jennifer Reese)
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (Steven Pinker)

6 comments:

Suzanne Bubnash said...

We have some books in common this year. I'll read over each review little by little.

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Alyson Poundstone said...

Do you track your books on Goodreads only? I want to be better at recording what I read but I forget to log a lot of books and I don't know the best way to keep track of categories like audio, library, kindle, hard copy, etc. Also how do you track when you start & finish a book? Goodreads doesn't track that, does it?

Bridget said...

Goodreads. When I log a book, I enter in the date I finished it and that's how I keep track. I don't explicitly track audio/library/kindle etc. but when I look through the list I remember. Thanks for the library loaning privileges. I hope you can tell how much I use it!

Kathy Haynie said...

You read my memoir/thesis, too. Thank you! So you get credit for 1 more book / 140 pgs.

Bridget said...

Yes, you're right! Woohoo!

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