Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Reading Year 2011 in Review

Totals for 2011: 159 (27 more than last year. Hooray!)
Fiction: 60
Non-fiction (including poetry): 99
That works out to 13.25 books per month or around 3.05 books per week.

Most books finished in: June (19)
Fewest books finished in: April (6)
Most non-fiction finished: this is a two way tie between January and October (11 each)
Most fiction finished: August (12)
Fewest number of non-fiction books finished: tie between April & August (4)
Fewest number of fiction books finished: four way tie because I only finished two in January, February, March and April.

Favorite mystery series: The Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy Sayers (my favorite might have been:The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, but really, they're all good)

Favorite trilogy:The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Favorite Trilogy Runner-Up: Matched by Ally Condie deserves a shout out here too. I've only read the first but I'm eagerly anticipating the next 2 books in the series)
Least favorite trilogy: The Last Survivors series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Second least favorite trilogy:Chaos Walking: The Complete Trilogyby Patrick Ness. Both of these series had interesting premises but that's the only nice thing I can say about them.

Favorite novel: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Most Hyped (and therefore, most over-rated):Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
Most Austen-esque:Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal ("Austen meets Bewitched")
Also somewhat Austen-esque:Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

Best Book About Writing:If You Want to Writeby Brenda Ueland
Funniest: any of the books by Jean Kerr (such as: The Snake Has All the Lines)
Non-fiction Book that inspired more research:The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Ageby Juliet Nicolson
Favorite Book / Movie Combo:Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre (movie:The Man Who Never Was) I think this was the only book / movie combo, to be honest.

Worst Memoir: The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairieby Wendy McClure. Almost sucked all the joy out of Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic books. Almost.
Best Memoir:A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matterby William Deresciwicz. Several disclaimers apply (language, intimacy) but this book manages to be self-aware without being ridiculously self-important.

Favorite Biography: tie between-
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slaveryby Eric Metaxas and
And God Came In: The Extraordinary Story of Joy Davidmanby Lyle Dorsett

Number of books sent to me for review purposes: 2 (Practical Geniusand The Immigrant Advantage). This was a first for me. Of the two, I only properly reviewed the first so perhaps I am not cut-out for this position.

Books with fewest degrees of separation between the author and myself:
Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hopeby Trevin Wax (we had the same piano teacher and performed in the same piano recitals. Also, our parents were friends.)
Loving the Everyday: Meditations for Momsby Elizabeth Barkley (the author was my sister's academic adviser)

Most Quotable: From the Library of C. S. Lewis: Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journeycompiled by James Stuart Bell. In other news, I just found out today that I'm getting a copy of this via Paperback Swap. I probably don't have to tell you but: free books = happy me.
Favorite re-read: The Blue Castleby L.M. Montgomery. And, as far as I can tell looking over my book posts, the only re-read of 2011.
Dickens finished in 2011: none! That challenge is over and I haven't gone back to re-read any yet.
Dickens-esque: none, really. But I did read several books about London / Great Britain. (And I've already finished a "Dickens-esque" book in 2012, so there you go)

I read several books I shouldn't have. I read a lot of series fiction. I didn't get as much research done as I planned. But, all in all, I'm fairly proud of this reading year. If you've got a post about your favorite books of 2011, please do share in the comments.

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