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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012: The Year in Review

In 2010 I got this meme, but alas I did not note where I found it. Still, it was a fun way to summarize the year, so I thought I'd do it again.

How many books read in 2012? 70 new plus 2 rereads

How many fiction and non fiction?  39 fiction;  33 nonfiction

Male/Female author ratio? 31 male; 42 female

Favorite book of 2012? Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Least favorite? Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Any that you simply couldn’t finish and why? No DNFs this year!

Oldest book read? Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery (1921)
Newest? The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde (Oct. 9, 2012)

Longest and shortest book titles? (not including subtitles)
Longest: Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume by Jennifer O'Connell
Shortest: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Longest and shortest books?
Longest: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (945 pages)
Shortest: The Giver by Lois Lowry (180 pages)

How many books from the library? 7 - a new record! (at least since I was a kid.)

Any translated books? Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak; The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author?
4 authors are tied with 2 books each: Jacqueline Winspear, Lianne Moriarty, Larry McMurtry, and John Marsden

Any re-reads? two - Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Favorite character of the year? Louis Zamperini in Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading? Australia, England, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Russia, the former Czechoslovakia, Norway, New Zealand, Canada, Burundi, Japan, Byzantium

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation? The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

Which author was new to you in 2012 that you now want to read the entire works of? Liane Moriarty

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read? I meant to read more Geraldine March this year and didn't get around to it.

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read? Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond


2012 TOP EIGHT Book Events in Carin’s Book Life - in no particular order:
8. Found a post from 2010 talking about 6 books I intended to read in 2011. Found I had read one of them that year. I have since read two others - Lonesome Dove and GGAS. Obviously I still have 3 to tackle in 2013: a Dickens, The Remains of the Day, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
7. Realized I had not read many new books this year, did the best I could to remedy that by the end of the year. As of Oct. 9 when I figured it out, I had read 3 new hardcovers and 7 new paperbacks in 2012. I am now up to 6 new hardcovers and 1 paperback original (and those 7 new paperbacks.) Must do better next year.
6. Joined a second book club. Always meant to stick with just one, but my WNBA chapter started one specifically to read the Great Group Reads books, and I felt obligated. I plan to blog about these discussions.
5. Was quoted in the Erie, PA newspaper in an article about book clubs!
4. Cohosted my first (two!) Workshops.
3. Went to Australia. No, not very bookish (although I read a lot of Aussie books, did buy books there, and went to three bookstores while there) but too awesome a thing to leave off a list.
2. Was elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Women's National Book Association, national.
1. My editorial business is going really well, exceeding the sales goal I set for myself for 2012.

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