Tuesday, January 04, 2011
2010: My Year in Reading
I don't always do much at year's end or year's beginning to summarize my annual reading, but I decided to this year because I noticed some interesting changes from the previous year.
I've never been the type of person to make resolutions. I've learned the hard way that I'm much more likely to accomplish something if I tell myself "I need to..." rather than "I resolve...." There seems to be very little difference between the two, but there you go.
In 2010, I read 165 books-- one more than 2009. Is that a hoot or what?!? I still have 200 books as a goal, but I think I'm going to have to be laid up in bed for a long time to have any chance to crack that number. It is close, so I'll continue to whisper to myself, "I need to...."
Another thing I'm doing differently this year is adding some of those high tech graphs and pie charts... mostly because I found a website that even I could figure out how to use in order to make my pretties and transfer them to my blog.
I'll blather on a bit after each graph....
Books by Genre? I do say in my blog header that I read "mostly mysteries", but I did want to prove that's not all I read. However, since I do read a preponderance of crime fiction, I broke it down into sub-genres so you can see that, although I do like the coppers, I'm rather cool towards private investigators!
I thought where the books that I read came from might be an interesting statistic, and Paperback Swap narrowly edged out the number of books I bought. Since I'm going to be facing a lot of medical bills this year, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Paperback Swap represented an even larger slice of the pie for 2011. I don't like the idea of buying fewer books because I want to support the industry I love above all others; however, sometimes you have to do what you have to do.
My Book Ratings graph may prove to some that I'm easy on the books I read, with the vast majority being rated at B or above. There is another way to look at that: I'm close to being an expert at choosing books to read that I will enjoy.
In 2009, the books that I read were mostly written by men, which surprised me a bit. Surprised me enough for me to whisper to myself, "I need to read more women authors." As you can see, I certainly succeeded in that "need"!
More than half the books I read were by new-to-me authors. This is normal for me, which is undoubtedly why I'm so far behind in reading all my series books!
I'm an armchair traveler, and I always enjoy reading books with a strong sense of place, so I keep track of each book's setting-- not only in my book journal, but on my blog in Book Reviews by Setting and Book Reviews by Map.
My normal tendency has been to read books set in North America and Europe, but that started to change in 2010, due in large part to Dorte and her Global Reading Challenge. Thank you, Dorte! If not for your challenge, I doubt very much that there would be bars on the graph above for South America and Asia. This is a prime example of the good reading challenges can accomplish. I found some wonderful authors and fueled a desire to broaden my reading from now on. It will be fun to see this same graph next January!
Enjoy this brand-new year of reading that's ahead of you, everyone-- I know I will!
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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- Hi! I'm addicted to books (especially crime fiction), laughter and traveling off the beaten path. In my free time, when my eyes aren't glued to the printed page, one of them is usually pressed against the viewfinder of my camera. Let's see... books, laughter, travel, photography. Anything else? Oh yeah-- my dream house wouldn't have a kitchen!
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