Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011: The Year in Reading

Last year 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 2011? 100!!!!

How many fiction and non fiction? 54 fiction; 46 nonfiction

Male/Female author ratio? 50/53

Favorite book of 2011? When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

Least favorite? Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream by William Powers

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

Oldest book read? The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1859)
Newest? When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (Sept. 2011)

Longest and shortest book titles? (not including subtitles)
Longest: Home-Based Business For Dummies by Paul Edwards, Sarah Edwards, and Peter Economy
Shortest: 'Tis by Frank McCourt

Longest and shortest books?
Longest: Shogun by James Clavell (1210)
Shortest: Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi (96)

How many books from the library? 3 - one from the public library and two from the library on the cruise ship.

Any translated books? Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi, translated by Anjali Singh

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author? L.M. Montgomery (7)

Any re-reads? seven
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Karen Kepplewhite is the World's Best Kisser by Eve Bunting
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel
The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Favorite character of the year? Mattie Ross in True Grit by Charles Portis

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading? Bosnia, Italy, Spain, Australia, Ireland, Korea, England, Canada, France, China, Panem, Hawai'i, Iraq, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation? Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber (Sally and Kristen)

Which author was new to you in 2010 that you now want to read the entire works of? Geraldine Brooks

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read? I meant to reread a Jane Austen this year and didn't get around to it. Also, I've been promising my boyfriend all year that I'd get around to Guns, Germs, and Steel, and he's annoyed I haven't yet.

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read? The Anne of Green Gables series, The Woman in White

2011 TOP EIGHT Book Events in Carin’s Book Life - in no particular order:
8. Finally read (listened to) Angela's Ashes, only 15 years after everyone told me I should.
7. Finally read several children's classics that I somehow missed: Hatchet, Summer of my German Soldier, The Indian in the Cupboard, and The Little Prince.
6. The librarians actually know who I am now and they call me "Detective" (I search for and often find lost books within the library.)
5. Completed my first (and last) full marathon! Never would have been been able to get through the training without audio books.
4. Finally read the Anne of Green Gables series (except for Rilla of Ingleside which I will read shortly.)
3. I found a replacement for myself (President) at the Women's National Book Association so I got to retire.
2. Reading 100 books this year! And that doesn't include rereads this time!
1. Opened my own editorial business!


Rebecca Chapman said...

Sounds like you had a brilliant year, especially starting your own business. Congrats!

Dusty said...

It was an amazing year for you in so many ways! Congratulations on being an inspiration for us followers. I look forward to working with you as an editor this winter.

tediousandbrief said...

I think I may have to borrow this meme for my own blog, if you don't mind.

Congrats on the business and reading 100 books! I only got 26 this year (down from 43 and 53 the two years prior!)