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Year-end Reading Round-Up

Counting down from last year's 3131 books left to read, I've got "only" 2731 more books to enjoy.  What did I think about books I've read this past year? For lists, go here, here, here and here (the totals on the review blog won't match these because I don't add the books I read for the award committee or for professional review). A list of the Best of 2012 has been posted!

And here's the 2012 reading analysis (2011 numbers in parens):
  • number of books read in 2012: 400 (250) 
  • best month: July/48 (August/29) 
  • worst month: October/23 (May/12) 
  • average read per month:  33.33 (20.8) 
  • adult fiction as percentage of total: 22.75 (21.2) 
  • children's/YA fiction as percentage of total: 43.75 (54.4) 
  • YA nonfiction as percentage of total: 22.75 (didn't track in 2011)
  • Advance Readers Copies: 181 (177) 
  • e-books: 16 (none in 2011)
  • books read that were published in 2012: 288
  • books that will be published in 2013: 21
  • five star reviews: 31 (18) 
  • one star reviews: 20 (11) 
Last year I was surprised that I'd read 250 books, and said "Given that my circumstances will change in 2012, 250 is optimistic, but we'll try for 200 and further reduction on Mt. Bookpile." Ahem. Mt. Bookpile is down to 263 (so met - and passed - the Reading Challenge I set myself!).  I've more than passed 200 books for the year.  So for next year, I'm continuing to try to reduce Mt. Bookpile, and I'm going to go for 300 books.

Oh, and if you're looking for other lists (and To Be Read inspiration), Sherry over at Semicolon has done an amazing job of collecting booklists and year-end-round-ups.  The Daily Beast has an overview of the Best Books (per several review sources) in both fiction and non-fiction.  Go. Make a list for your 2013 reading. Enjoy.

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