Sorry for the delay: after much waiting, the 2011 stats are finally in!
Total books read: 78
(Last quarter: 20)
Total pages read: 25761
(Last quarter: 7747)
It’s the first time I manage to count pages throughout the year, so I won’t comment that, but I’m far from satisfied with the total number of books read 😦 I started the year aiming for 100, which was a bit too much, but I did hope to average at least 80 (which was more or less my rhythm in past years). Oh well, I really don’t plan to aim for more than that: I only hope to find more good books this year!
As usual, I analyzed my data in terms of languages I read in, and this time I analyzed them also in terms of how many books I read in original version as opposed to translation. And in order not to bore you with too many figures, here are the results, charted:
I already mentioned how I plan to read more in French, Portuguese and German, right? (Oh, and these charts do not mention the 2 books I read in minority languages.)
OK, so I do read a lot in translation, but not as much as I thought. And it is good that I mostly read books translated in Italian. (And Portuguese, but that’s because the only library I have regular access to is in Portugal and offers books in Portuguese. I do plan to read more Portuguese original books in 2012.)
For a more detailed analysis, here’s the breakdown based on author nationality:
I didn’t realize how US-bound I am, for all my different language-reading!
And while I know perfectly well that genre categorization is not an exact science, this too is an analysis I found interesting:
I do want to read more non-fiction!
There would be plenty more data to look for, but I guess this much is figures enough, right? 😉 So I’ll just add my list of best of:
Best book of the year: The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Best book of the last quarter: Psalm at Journey’s End by Erik Fosnes Hansen
Best surprise, as well as best fantasy: The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers
Best non-fiction: What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
Best graphic novel: Fables 10 – The Good Prince by Bill Willingham
Best book recommended by bloggers: Os olhos de Ana Marta (The Eyes of Ana Marta) by Alice Vieira
Worst book of the year: A Short Guide to Great European Wines by Alexandre Dumas
(All charts in this post are made with ChartGo)