Reading overview for 2011

I didn’t get to this before because so far this year I’ve been very lazy. My productivity in all aspects of my life is down right now.

I read 374 books last year, nine more than my goal of 365 (that is, averaging one book a day) and considerably less than the 445 I read in 2010. Most of them were fairly short; Goodreads says I read a total of 89,576 pages, or approximately 239 pages per book.

The first book I read in 2011 was Alex F. Young’s The Encyclopaedia of Scottish Executions, 1750-1963. The last was the legendary Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (Yes, I do occasionally read bestsellers. Once in a blue moon.)

For my around the world project I read books for the following countries: Albania, Angola, the Bahamas, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mali, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Oman, Palau, Panama, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, the Solomon Islands, Suriname, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu and Zambia. I had hoped to get the project done this year, but alas, I have 17 books to go. However, I’ve got five of those sitting in my lap right now.

If I had to wedge each book into a single category, the “Holocaust” books would be the most read: 94. There were also 46 true crime books, twenty books of history, 33 young adult books and 32 psychology books. Of course, most of my books could fit in several categories. The lack of young adult reading this year bothers me. I need to make up for it this year. Young adult literature is highly under-appreciated.

The longest book I read this year was probably The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City by Barbara Engelking and Jacek Leociak. It was 960 pages of tiny print and probably my favorite Holocaust book of the year. I have to mention the book with the most arresting title: I Am the Market: How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton, in Five Easy Lessons by Luca Rastello. I think my favorite around the world book was Forbidden Bread by Erica Johnson Debeljak for Slovenia. The best true crime book was probably Carol Ann Lee’s One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley.

So. Yeah.

13 thoughts on “Reading overview for 2011

  1. Lia January 10, 2012 / 11:31 am

    I just had to say that I’ve found so many interesting books from your blog! I’m hoping to top 300 books this year myself.

  2. K E-R January 10, 2012 / 3:11 pm

    wow…i’m on goodreads too…how can i find you there?

  3. K E-R January 10, 2012 / 3:26 pm

    i found you…sent friend request…i read a lot of urban fantasy…some true crime…and well i’m just eclectic

  4. Margie January 10, 2012 / 8:20 pm

    My goodness you read a lot of books! I love to read but I live in a tiny town with a tiny library so I cannot find so many of the books I would like to read and cannot afford to buy them. May I suggest the Twilight series for your young adult reading? Just kidding!

    Do you ever dream about the characters/people in the books you are reading? Sometimes, I have to put my book down for a day so I can get some sleep. I have dreams and conversations with the book’s characters and wake up tired! My brain seems to go on overload.

    • Karen January 10, 2012 / 9:50 pm

      Does your library do interlibrary loan? Maybe they can request books that you want.

  5. Margie January 10, 2012 / 10:43 pm

    @Karen, I asked about interlibrary loans. I was told that they did not because it cost our library $ for that and another library volunteer said they did but did not give me any info. I am in Texas and our Gov., Rick Perry, cut our library budgets. Our library is hanging on by a shoestring, so I did not push the issue. The last thing Texas needs in decreased funding for libraries!

    • Karen January 10, 2012 / 11:00 pm

      Thanks Margie. That’s interesting. I work at the Cedar Hill (TX) Public Library and we do interlibrary loans constantly. I guess it depends on the size and budget of the library. Good luck.

  6. kim January 11, 2012 / 2:25 am

    I just started reading the Hunger Games. It’s young adult but violent. So far I am very intruiged. The movie is being released in March so I want to finish the book by then.

    • K E-R January 12, 2012 / 1:06 pm

      i have thought about reading the hunger games series…but kind of on the fence about it…

      • Kristen January 18, 2012 / 12:16 pm

        It’s very good. Much better than I thought it would be and I am very anti-Twilight. I recommend it.

      • Meaghan January 18, 2012 / 5:24 pm

        The Hunger Games is on my to-read list, but so are 610 other books.

  7. julie January 25, 2012 / 12:43 am

    those are some super impressive stats. I’m a big reader too, but nothing even close to your quantity each year. you’ve inspired me to set some specific reading goals for myself for 2012. question: what does your dr say about your constant headaches in relation to your excessive time reading and on the computer? you are definitely working/straining your eyes much much more than the average person, does he/she say if there’s any correlation?? and do you ever find headache relief if you go a few days without reading or looking at a monitor?

    • Meaghan January 26, 2012 / 12:48 am

      I never go a few days without reading or looking at a monitor. But in my own observation, reading or using a computer doesn’t make my headaches any better or worse. It’s not my eyes that hurt anyhow.

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