December reads & annual wrap up

First, the December reads, which I seem to have skipped right over in last year’s recap:

I read 64 books this year, beating my goal of one book per week, which I tracked using Goodreads’ 2012 Reading Challenge. All the books that counted toward the challenge are at that link – I adjusted the goal number a few times to reflect things that I didn’t feel counted, primarily cookbooks and things I didn’t finish. This is way up from 41 books last year, and just about back to where I was in 2009 (63) and 2008 (73). I think in 2013 I’m going to shoot for 70.

I finished the most in March (9) and the least in November and June (3). That averages 5.3 per month, up from 3.5 per month in 2011. Audiobook consumption dropped off significantly, with just one this year, which is unsurprising given that I was mostly listening to audiobooks when my commute was a 30-minute walk.

More and more I am reading primarily what I can get on my nook – 54 ebooks this year, more than double the number last year. Exactly half came from the Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium, 8 were galleys from NetGalley and 1 was a galley from Edelweiss, which I learned about at ALA Midwinter. It’s similar to NetGalley, except meant more for bookstore owners. I find the interface lacking as it is more about helping you see what’s in, say, the fall releases from a particular publisher than it is about finding books in a particular genre. The rest I purchased – some were book club selections I knew I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on in time, and others were books that caught my eye through sales and other promotions that Barnes & Noble runs.

This was a good year for books I really liked, with 16 earning a 5-star review: Brave New World; The Joy the Baker Cookbook; The Dead Beat; When She Woke; In the Woods; Before I Go To Sleep; Soulless; Blood, Bones and Butter; To Say Nothing of the Dog; After the Quake; The Age of Miracles; The Uncommon Reader; The Lotus Eaters; The Likeness; Graceling; How to Be a Woman.
Additional breakdowns by type (there is overlap here):

  • 13 for bookclubs (same number as last year)
  • 48 works of fiction
  • 6 books of short stories
  • 14 works of nonfiction
  • 2 cookbooks
  • 2 I didn’t finish