I usually do a little year-end number-crunching in the process of coming up with my Books of the Year, but this year I decided to share those before I put up the stats. However, before I get to the Bookkeeping, I have answers to some questions from the “Book Blogging/Reading Life” section of Jamie‘s annual End-of-Year Book Survey.
Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?
Best discussion you had on your blog?
- On Book Blogging: An Authentic Opinion is Priceless
- On Book Blogging: Really, Positively Enthusiastic
Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Best moment of book blogging in 2012?
Most Popular Post(s) This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
- The Warner Bros. Studio Tour (parts 1 and 2)
- “Are You Mom Enough?” Yes. No. Maybe.
- Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: Mobilize!
- Book Talk: I AM FORBIDDEN, by Anouk Markovits (honestly, I never know which book reviews will end up with the most hits, but I’m a bit surprised it was this one)
Post(s) You Wished Got A Little More Love?
- Independent Thinking, Part 1: Changing Times for Authors, or “Why DIY?”
- Independent Thinking, Part 2: Indie Authors & the Indie Reviewer
Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?
Total books read: 52 (counting one I’m still reading at year-end)
Total pages read: 14,363 (I’ve never tracked this before, but since Goodreads does, I’ll include it here)
Total reviews posted: 50 (books #51 and #52 will be reviewed in Shelf Awareness in January 2013 and posted on the blog after publication there), including 2 re-reads reviewed for the first time
Fiction: 36 (70%)
- Adult 32
- YA/children’s 4
Nonfiction: 16 (30%)
- Biography/Memoir 11
- History/Culture 3
- Other 2
Female authors: 36 (70%)
Male authors: 16 (30%)
(Despite the similarity in the numbers, there is no correlation between genre and gender. I read fiction written by men and nonfiction written by women, and vice versa.)
Paid reviews: 14
Reviews for blog tours: 10
Reviews of books published in 2012: 38
Personal (purchased/gifts), all formats including ebooks and audiobooks: 25
Publisher, for blog tours: 9
Publisher, for paid reviews (Shelf Awareness/BlogHer Book Club): 14
Publisher, direct: 4
4-5: 22, including 3 rated 4.25 / 5
Unrated: 2 (reviews not yet posted)
2012 Reading Challenges (goal / read):
Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge: 52 / 51 (not including book #52, currently in progress)
Memorable Memoirs Reading Challenge: 4 / 4 (I read more than 4 memoirs this year, but stopped counting them after I hit this target)
2012 Ebook Reading Challenge: 5 / 5 (signing up for the same level in 2013)
2012 Audiobook Challenge: 6 / 10 (jumping to the “Going Steady” level–12 audiobooks–in 2013)