Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Reading Stats for 2012
Reading Stats for 2012:
Books completed: 84
DNFs (Did Not Finish): 44 (34% of books started)
Some of my reasons for DNFs: "Put me to sleep. Beautiful, but no story," "Hard work, gave up, too much else to read," "Too offensive," "Characters aren't realistic, tension not believable," "Terrible writing," "So much telling!" "No characterization, depth," "Too dark and artsy," "Too angsty, no action."
Books I bought after reading a free Nook sample: 10
Books I still read after unimpressive sample: 3
Graphic Novels: 4
Middle Grade (attempted): 51
Adult Fiction (attempted): 16
YA (attempted): 61
Person of Color (attempted): 23
Self-published: 1 (not completed)
Some thoughts: I got a Nook for Christmas last year, and I think my stats are very reflective of that. Last year I read a handful more books, and my DNFs were only 18%. This year I discovered the free Nook Sample. I blogged about my Nook experiences here, but in short, and the stats hold this out, I attempted and put down a lot more books. Some of those free samples culminated in a purchase, but many more ended in disinterest, even in some books everyone was talking about. And those books everyone was talking about? I did still read three of them (from the library!) after mediocre samples. And I was definitely wrong about 1 of them, but not so much the other 2.
It was also a year of reading middle grade--perhaps the most I've ever read in that genre. This also led to putting down a number of books, but I discovered some wonders, one of which is a favorite of the year. Likewise, I've continued my trend of reading audiobooks (which are especially great for travel, which I did a lot of this year!), and graphic novels. I have yet to read a self-published novel cover to cover. That perhaps isn't so much a comment on the quality of self-published books, but the small number I've read. However, I don't find myself inclined to try many more.
I'm really pleased at the number of books I read this year either about a person of color or by a person of color (or both). For years now, my goal has been 13 a year, to match the percentage of children's books published annually which feature a PoC, and to do my small part to encourage the industry to publish more diversely. I spent the month of February reading PoC books, but also returned to them throughout the year. I hope this is finally becoming a habitual way of reading for me--though, even more positively, maybe it also reflects a number of wonderful titles being published.
You can check out my previous stats here: 2010, 2011. And Thursday I'll be sharing my five favorite reads of 2012, and three other surprising discoveries!