2012 in Book Statistics

Not surprisingly, I read the least number of books in 2012 that I have since I began keeping track. Still, I’m pretty pleased with how much I still managed to read with a little one in tow. I thought if I was lucky, I might make it through a book a week, and I beat that, so YAY for 2012 and for reading!

Total Books Read in 2012: 64

  • Number Read in Best Month: 8 (June)
  • Number Read in Worst Month: 3 (3-way Tie between April, May & July)

Total Books Read in 2011: 130

Total Books Read in 2010: 130

Total Books Read in 2009: 200

Total Books Read in 2008: 80

Total Books Read in 2007: 122

Total Books Read in 2006: 70

Fiction/Non-fiction Split:

2012: 72%/28%

2011: 70%/30%

2010: 68%/32%

2009: 84%/16%

2008: 63%/37%

2007: 50%/50%

2006: 59%/41%

Percentage of Books by Women (Overall/Fiction/Non-fiction):

2012: 61%/67%/53%

2011: 59%/58%/62%

2010: 55%/54%/59%

2009: 44%/44%/ 42%

2008: 68%/70%/67%

2007: 60%/57%/68%

2006: 74%/88%/55%

Kindle vs. Print Books:

2012: 73%/27%

Five Star Books of 2012:

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winters

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

2012 in Book Statistics

4 thoughts on “2012 in Book Statistics

  1. I am so impressed by you! I don’t think I’ve truly finished more than just a few books this year. I’m in the middle of about 8 of them though. But that’s still nowhere close. You’re so fancy and well-read!

    I also love your breakdown by gender – do you work hard to keep your numbers fairly balanced (aka do you seek out female writers) or is that just how it works out based on what you’re interested in reading?


    1. cransell says:

      I started tracking the gender breakdown because I saw another blogger do it and I was curious where I’d fall. I discovered that I definitely tend to read women more than men, so in years when I’ve gone for more gender parity, I’ve actually had to seek out male authors. Mostly I’m okay with the imbalance though. There are lots of readers out there for all those male authors. 🙂


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