2011 in books

What a year! What a remarkable, memorable, life-changing year 2011 has been! It has brought me wee reader – and with him, parenthood and its many joys and trials. And visits from his grandparents. As well as his first ever flight (and what a long one it was) to the other side of the world to see his extended family. Somehow in spite of this tremendous change, I managed to do some reading. And I surprised myself with doing quite a bit more reading than I expected. So here are the numbers. And here’s wishing everyone a very happy and bookish 2012! Thank you for having shared my journey through 2011.

Total books read: 171 (not counting 9 books I started but did not finish)
Science fiction/fantasy: 17 (9.94%)
Comics/Graphic Novels: 25 (14.62%)
Mystery/crime: 9 (5.26%)
Poetry: 1 (0.58%)
Young adult: 18 (10.53%)
Non-Fiction: 25 (14.62%)

By Women: 82 (47.95%0
By Men: 79 (46.2%)
By Men and Women: 9 (5.26%)

Longest book: Vanity Fair at 912 pages
Shortest book: The Night Bookmobile at 40 pages (page numbers taken from Goodreads)

E-books: 62 (36.26%) (didn’t expect that!)
Library books: 127 (74.23%) (includes Overdrive e-books)

Favourite authors discovered this year: Elizabeth Knox, Laurie R. King, Richard Flanagan, Guy Gavriel Kay
Favourite books of the year: Tigana, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Dreamhunter/Dreamquake, Wanting, Unbroken

Most memorable characters: Aud Torvingen, Mary Russell

Countries I visited: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Canada, the Caribbean, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, the future!, Germany, Guyana, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, outer space!, Romania, Sarajevo,
Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, as well as plenty of invented realms


  1. This is AWESOME. Your statistics are unbelievable. Did you calculate them yourself because I’d love to know that kind of geekery for myself as well, haha.


    1. I keep a spreadsheet on Google Docs with details of each book I read, such as title, author, genre, gender of author, nationality, page numbers, setting etc. And then calculated the totals and percentages from there. Yeah very geeky huh! 🙂


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