To see my stats for 2010, click here.

So over the course of 365 days, how many books did I read, buy, borrow from the library? How much did I spend? How much of my life has been wasted on literary pursuits?

My goal this year was to read slightly more than 2010 (where I read 239 books). I was aiming for 250. Success! But I also spent more (and on less books). But I also made more! Time for stats (how I love them.)


Books Read: 274

Books Partially Read: 73

Books Bought: 61

Money Spent: $262

Money Made: $348

Books Borrowed: 185

Books Given: 111

Books Re-read: 74 (27% of total books read)

Average books on To-Be-Read shelf during the year: 48.6 (I really need to winnow this down. New Year’s resolution? And by winnow down I mean: Stop Bringing More Books Into The House!)

Other statistics:

Total Books In: 357

Total Books Read/Started: 347

Of all the books I read or started to read compared to the books that came into my house this year that only leaves 10 I never even started. Did I start out with a huge backlog in January? I must have since I still have 71 books on the To-Be-Read shelf right now. Hm, no, it says only 26 on that blog. There is some funky math happening here. Oh! No, it’s the re-reads I think. That would account for it. (Still some funky math but I’m ignoring it).

Spent approximately $4.30 a book. Not great. I did better at this last year ($2.33/book).

I borrowed a lot less from the library this year (230 vs. 185). I also was given more books this year (111 vs. 58). Damn ARCs.

Last year I calculated that I spent about 10% of the year reading. This year (based on the same math) it’s 12%. Not a huge difference but still pretty sizable over a whole year.

Favorite Books of 2011:


Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Henrietta’s War and Henrietta Sees It Through by Joyce Dennys

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


As You Desire by Connie Brockway

Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin

Harmony by Project Itoh


Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson

Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson

Web 2.0 Tools and Strategies for Archives by Kate Theimer


Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

YA Fantasy

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Wither by Lauren DeStafano

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Eona by Alison Goodman


Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill

George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M.Valente