It was an amazing year for reading, which I attribute not only to our “empty nest” but that I stayed with my nonresolution to read what I want when I wanted. I read only 19 review copies this year, compared to 36 last year. Ultimately, I read far more books this year than ever before.
I read more than 51,000 pages last year. My personal reading in 2012 also reflected what is happening in society. Nearly half the books I read were ebooks, an increase of more than 300 percent since 2010 and up nearly 40 percent over last year.
I read slightly more fiction percentage-wise. That resulted from increases in both translated literature and SF. As for nonfiction, people’s lives apparently intrigued me in 2012. Nearly half the nonfiction I read in 2012 were autobiographies, memoirs or biographies. Here’s a breakdown of how the year shaped up:
Books Read: 162
Pages Read: 51,040
- Average Pages per Book: 315.06
- Average Pages per Day: 139.4
- Average Number of Days per Book: 2.26/li>
- Longest Book: 784 pages (The Untold History of the United States, Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick)
- Shortest Book: 80 pages (The Brummstein, Peter Adolphsen
Fiction: 87 (53.7 percent)
- Translated Works: 27 (25 fiction — 29 percent of the fiction– and two nonfiction)
- Languages: French (6), German (5), Russian (3), Spanish (3), Arabic (2), Finnish (2), Albanian (1), Chinese (1), Dutch (1), Korean (1), Norwegian (1), Various (1)
- Science Fiction: 20
- Short Stories: 8 (includes translated works and SF)
Non-fiction: 75 (46.3 percent)
- Autobiography/Memoirs/: 23 (19.4 percent of nonfiction)
- Biography: 13
- History: 12
Ebooks Read: 76 (47 percent)
Library materials: 56 (34.5 percent) (includes ebooks)
The presence of books in my hands, my home, my pockets, my life will never cease to be essential to my happiness.
Joe Queenan, One for the Books