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2011 In Review

It's hard to believe we're at the end of 2011. Back in January, I set some goals for my reading and book blogging:
  • Read all book club selections ~ I managed to accomplish this one!
  • Commit to only two review books per month ~ I failed miserably at this one. Between NetGally, direct requests from authors and requests from publishers or publicists, I had 42 books that I agreed to review in 2011. That's an average of 3.5 books per month, not 2! That means 62% of the books I read were for review.
  • Try new genres ~ I did this a little. I ended up reading a few YA books that I enjoyed. But I didn't branch out too far in 2011.
  • Use the library more often ~ I still didn't borrow as many books as I would have liked in 2011, but I used the library a lot for the kids' books again.
  • Complete two challenges ~ I did complete the two challenges I mentioned in my goals, but I signed up for others as well, and didn't manage to complete them all.
Here's a recap of all the challenges I participated in throughout 2011:
  • E-book Challenge ~ I signed up to read 12 e-books in 2011. I read 36 e-books instead! I actually read more e-books than paperback/hardcover in 2011.
  • I Want More Challenge ~ I signed up to read 5-8 books but only read 4. I did read several others by authors I've read before, but they were parts of series, which weren't counted in this challenge.
  • Where Are You Reading Challenge ~ I only managed to read books that took place in 20 different states during 2011. I didn't figure I'd make it through all 50 since I wasn't choosing my books specifically on this criteria. I also read books that took place in 12 different countries.
  • Spring Reading Thing Challenge ~ I read 8 of the 9 books I had on my list.
  • Fall into Reading Challenge ~ I read 11 of 15 books I had on my list.
  • The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge ~ This is still going on, but so far I've read one adult book and 16 children's books for the challenge. I had signed up to read one adult book and to read with my kids, so I've already met the challenge goal for this one.
And some statistics on the books I read in 2011:

Thrillers and mysteries were the biggest fiction genres read in 2011. About 30% of the books I read were nonfiction, and about half of those were memoirs. I'm looking forward to reading more nonfiction in 2012 through my Non-Fiction Non-Memoir Reading Challenge.

I ended up reading 71 books in 2011, which is up from 65 in 2010.

Next week, when I'm back from my New Year's celebration weekend, I'll put together some goals for 2012. Happy New Year!!!


  1. Good job on reading this year, Julie! And congrats on meeting your goal for the Christmas reading challenge. I hope you enjoyed reading with your kids. Looking forward to another year of interacting with you about books and such.

    I've announced my winter read-a-thon for next month and I've posted the sign up linky. I hope you can join me once again.

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year!

  2. Wow, had a very productive reading year! And I am so impressed by your pie'd you do that? lol

    I'll have to wait till I'm home to do a year-end summary. I guess I could figure it all out from my Monday posts all year, but it will be easier with my reading journal at home.

    You read a lot of books and completed a lot of challenges! I didn't really have any reading goals this year, but I am considering...maybe...signing up for some challenges in 2012.

    Happy New Year!



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