2012 Reading Stats
Are you all tired of best of lists and reading statistics yet? I hope not, because here are mine for 2012:
Reading goal for 2012: 100
Books actually read: 79 (still better than 2011’s 61 – but I will do better in 2013!) – the full list is here
Books read on e-reader: 23 (15 e-galleys; 8 I bought) (29%) (about the same as last year)
Books authored by men: er…1 (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS)
Ms I beta-read: 1 (THINGS I CAN’T FORGET by Miranda Kenneally) – but I’d love to be a better & more frequent CP in 2013!
Apocalypsies’ debuts: 31 (39%)
Books I read in ARC or e-galley form: 47 (59%) (a combination of ARCs from Penguin and Netgalley and the Apocs ARC tour)
Of those ARCs, books I subsequently bought, or intend to buy when they come out: 23 (49% of the 47)
YA/MG/other: 55 YA / 6 MG / 8 Lois Duncans / 1 Agatha Christie / 1 Anne Lamott / 8 historical romances
5-star reads: 18 (23%)
Other Books I Really Liked: 27 (34%)
Not Adding to My Bookshelf: 34 (43%)
and of those, Books I Kind of Hated: 4 (5%)
I think I’m getting more critical of the YA I read, alas, which is why this fall I stopped reading YA for awhile and read a ton of old Lois Duncan books and Regency romances!
Top 12 Favorite Reads of 2012 (in the order I read them):
GILT by Katherine Longshore (Tudor-era historical)
BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore (my absolute favorite read this year)(fantasy)
SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller (contemporary)
BLOODROSE by Andrea Cremer (paranormal romance)
SCARLET by AC Gaughen (fantasy; Robin Hood retelling)
THE WAY WE FALL by Megan Crewe (plague?)
THE WICKED & THE JUST by J. Anderson Coats (medieval historical)
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth (dystopian)
MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick (contemporary)
SEND ME A SIGN by Tiffany Schmidt (contemporary)
BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards (paranormal romance/dystopian)
THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater (contemporary + magic?)
2012 Books I Read in 2011 & Loved:
VENOM by Fiona Paul (historical mystery)
CINDER by Marissa Meyer (sci-fi; retelling of Cinderella)
UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi (dystopian)
FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund (post-apocalyptic; retelling of Persuasion)
ARTICLE 5 by Kristen Simmons (dystopian)
STEALING PARKER by Miranda Kenneally (contemporary)
2013 Releases I Got to Read Early & Highly Recommend:
CHANTRESS by Amy Butler Greenfield (historical fantasy)
THINGS I CAN’T FORGET by Miranda Kenneally (contemporary)
ALTERED by Jenn Rush (comes out Jan 2) (sci-fi thriller)
LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans (comes out Jan 15) (sci-fi thriller)
PRODIGY by Marie Lu (comes out Jan 29) (dystopian)
My reading goals for 2013 are to make more time for reading (and, um, Pinterest doesn’t count) – and not feel guilty putting down a book if it’s just not working for me! What about you? What were your 2012 reading highlights & discoveries?
I loooooved Bitterblue! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for reading, Amanda! I'm really excited for our event at H4B in January – I hope I'll get to see you there!
I laughed so loudly at the fact you've only read one book authored by a man! But but but, why isn't it on your Top Reads? 🙁 🙁 I would have put it as number 1! Haha, I guess we have different tastes, but I still love your writing!
Thanks, Karen! I really liked TFIOS – it's gorgeous – but it's a hard book for me to recommend and not one I think I'll reread, because it's just SO SAD. I'm more of a happily ever after girl!
So great to see Chantress on your list! Can't wait to read your other recommended 2013 reads, too – and Star Cursed, of course! 🙂
Thanks, Amy! I can't wait to have a copy of CHANTRESS in my greedy little hands and tell everyone I know to buy it!
Happy new year! I’m very impressed by the amount you read this year. I don’t think I even managed half that. 2012 was a bad reading year for me but I’ve just read three novels over the past week, so I’m hoping I’m back in my reading groove now and that 2013 will be a better reading year. This year, my favourite reads were Heist Society by Ally Carter, The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda and Breathe by Sarah Crossan, but I look forward to checking out your recommended reads!
Ooh, I really like the Heist Society books – I'm looking forward to the next ones. Let me know what you think if you read some of the books on my list!
I actually read far more good books this year than I was originally anticipating. My "best books of 2012" is extremely long, but some of the top ones were "Ripper" by Stefan Petrucha, "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater, "The Dark Unwinding" by Sharon Cameron, and "Keeping the Castle" by Patrice Kindl. I'm hoping 2013 will be just as good.
Oh, I *loved* The Raven Boys! Can't wait for the next one! And I've got Keeping the Castle – I need to read it in 2013! Happy New Year! 🙂
Awww! So glad you enjoyed LEVEL 2. Looking forward to seeing you in Feb!
Can't wait to see you and get my copy of LEVEL 2 signed!