number of books read in 2011: 143; notably, plenty were picture books, juvenile fiction, and comics. Next year I will record page numbers (was too lazy to back track this time). I did read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, so yay! me for fitting in a tome! (those who know me understand.)
Children’s Picture Books: 15. Juvenile Fiction: 53. Young Adult: 12. Older: 20. Non-fiction: 3 (not counting tales in Children’s/Juvenile)
Comics: Juvenile: 19. Young Adult: 19. Older: 2
in both comic & literature, juvenile & adult: 15 short story collections, 7 of which were anthologies
of the book would be non-fiction, only one of which is adult non-fiction.
47 were parts of a series.
all but 31 were published in the U.S. by U.S. authors.
25 of the authors were not-white; 44 of the books had at least one significant non-white protagonist. [a few white authors are writing non-white protags. I don’t recall any non-white author writing only white protags.]
Authors: 61 males; 54 females. [rarely a threat for me to find balance here].
the majority of the reads were Fantasy, Tales, and Contemporary Dramas, though I registered an increase in Historical Fiction (~20). Need to expand into non-fiction more.
30 were published in 2010. 46 were published 2011 (a vast improvement to the usual.)
of note: I need to break down Juvenile Fiction a bit as it is rather expansive; and figure out YA a bit better, because there is so much crossing over and around and through…
Best of my Reads:
Juvenile Fiction: Twighlight Robbery aka Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge. It is a given when Hardinge has a book out, it will be the top read. Lian Tanner’s Museum of Thieves is right up there, as well as Ellen Potter’s The Knee Bone Boy and Shug by Jenny Han (must read more of her). Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy was my favorite series to discover, one of my favorite discoveries period.
Young Adult: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi was one of my first reads of 2011, and is the best YA in 2011. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs should be mentioned, as well as the inimitable Laini Taylor with Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Of the Older… I’m really in trouble here. I read some phenomenal books (however few); I need to read more so as to make this easier, I think.
[The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson; The Curfew by Jesse Ball; The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes; The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss; Sorry by Gail Jones; Swamplandia! by Karen Russell;The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu; A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear by Atiq Rahimi; After the Quake by Haruki Murakami; The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester; The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson; Alan Bradley put two Flavia de Luce Mysteries out…]
Here’s a “Top 3″: yeah, right. no matter how I approach it, most all elbowing for the position; especially the first 10 listed. Notably, I wouldn’t just recommend many out of hand. [but I will recommend via request.]
In comics/graphic novels: Shaun Tan upends everyone so I am putting him in a class of his own. I discovered Sara Varon of Robot Dreams and Bake Sale this year, was happy to meet her, as well as Faith Erin Hicks who has Friends with Boys coming out in 2012 and I am going to read more of hers. Of note, Hope Larson will have an adaptation out of A Wrinkle in Time in 2012 (love her work). I found a lot of published web-comics, so I obviously need to subscribe to some on-line reads.
challenges completed: The Science Fiction Experience (non-challenge); Once Upon a Time Challenge; and Reader’s Imbibing Peril. notice they are all of “Stainless Steel Droppings.” I don’t know how many more I will add to this this year. I really want to do the Europa Challenge (via “Boston Bibliophile”) this year, which encouraged me to read the remarkable Gail Jones book Sorry.
for interested parties:
Sean’s top reads 2011 (in no particular order): Zero History by William Gibson, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, After Dark by Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi; The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (to note, feels Sanderson found his stride in Jordan’s Wheel of Time: Towers of Midnight).
(half-10, half-11) Natalya’s top reads 2011 (in no particular order): Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card; Agatha Christie’s Murder at the Vicarage, Catching Fire (#2)Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins; Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson; Albatross by Josie Bloss. She was excited to discover Tamora Pierce and Edgar Allen Poe this year.
I will wrap-up films tomorrow. then on with catch-up reviews and reads I didn’t manage in 2011, but look forward to in 2012: to include: Divergent by Veronica Roth, finishing Erin Bow’s Plain Kate (which, surprisingly, underwhelmed me), and I’ve James Gleick’s Information, he is favorite of Sean’s that I hope to read this year. I’ve a large TBR pile I want to put a dent in in 2012, but I hope to finish my degree in 2012, so we’ll see how much reading of my choosing I will fit in this year.