2010: Books in Review

2011: Books in Review

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 was to read more than last year (274). Or get a job. I got a job. The reading took a nose-dive. Although, really, I mean 218 books in a year isn’t *bad* precisely.

Books Read: 218

Books Partially Read: 63

Books Bought: 123

Money Spent: $332

Money Made: $131

Books Borrowed: 150

Books Given: 60

Books Re-read: 47 (22% of total books read)

Other statistics:

Total Books In: 333

Total Books Read/Started: 281

Spent approximately: $2.70 (2011 = $4.30 a book, 2010 = $2.33/book)

Time spent reading: 9% (2011 = 12%, 2010 = 10%)

Favorite Books of 2012:

**YA**

The Tomorrow Series (not all of them) by John Marsden

*Demon’s Surrender* by Sarah Rees Brennan

*Cinder* by Marissa Meyer

*Prized* by Caragh M. O’Brien

*Losers in Space* by John Barnes

**Lit**

*The Thin Woma*n by Dorothy Cannell

*Alif the Unseen* by G. Willow Wilson

*The Haunting of Hill House* by Shirley Jackson

**Kids**

*Winnie the Pooh* and *The House at Pooh Corner* by A.A. Milne

*The School for Cats* and *Jenny Goes to Sea* by Esther Averill

**Fantasy/Sci-fi**

*A Princess of Mars* by Edgar Rice Burroughs

*Pawn of Prophecy* by David Eddings

*The Sparrow* by Maria Doria Russell

**Memoir**

*Raising Demons* by Shirley Jackson

*Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: a Mostly True Memoir* by Jenny Lawson

**Graphic Novel**

*Serenity: Better Days and Other Stories* by Joss Whedon

*Wings* by Shinsuke Tanaka

*Fruits Basket* by Natsuke Takaya

**Romance**

*The Other Guy’s Bride* by Connie Brockway

*A Week to be Wicked* by Tessa Dare

**Essays**

*The Girl Who Was On Fire* ed. by Leah Wilson

I really like the statistics. Is ‘time spent reading’ 9% of your total time in the year, I’m guessing? How do you calculate that, do you time yourself on each book? I’m fascinated by this.

Remember, I wrote about it on FB and copied the comment on 2010’s book stats? You yelled at me about it and then I had to do better math. Remember how we talked today about how math is too hard? This is one of the reasons for me. =) Anyway, you should just go read the string of comments (by you and me) on 2010, but here’s how it was calculated (copying the FB comment again–the stopwatch thing was Ed’s idea):

“And I *could* wear a stopwatch but I think it would make reading seem more like a chore than fun. But we can extrapolate. On average it takes me say 3.5 hours to read 1 book. Some less, some more, of course. But 239 x 3.5 = 836.5 and the 54 I started I probably spent average of 30 minutes on so 54 x 0.5 = 27. Then 27 + 836.5 = 863.5 hours in 2010 spent reading. Out of 8544 hours total in a year is 10%. In context, I spend about 32% of the year sleeping.”

um. wait. there’s 8760 hours total in a year. how did i get 8455? well 2010’s stats are obviously wrong. MATH! DAMN YOU! well, never mind it’s still 10%. but jeez, math, you got me again.

Heh, okay. I had forgotten all that, and I expect I will forget it again next year. As far as I am concerned, your math is flawless. Flawless! Good work.

P.S. What percentage of your year did you spend doing this math? =)

giggle.