I spent the last two years reading approximately 230 books per year. Having twins (and moving) slowed me down a bit, but I still managed to finish 213 books this year, partly because I no longer have a day job, I’ve just been playing with kids, blogging, and doing some freelance writing. This post will not include my favorite books of 2012, but other details about my reading year last year and the one to come.
Here’s how the stats break down:
Approximately 50% of what I read was read in print, the rest broke down into just over 20% in ebook and just under 30% in audio. Earlier in the year ebooks were a bit lower and audio a bit higher, but an audio slump around the holidays and my new Nook flipped the stats around a bit. This added up to a total of just over 49,000 pages of print/ebooks and nearly 25 days of listening to audiobooks
My genre breakdowns were as follows:
General fiction: 79 books/37%
Historical fiction: 61 books/28%
Speculative fiction/fantasy: 14 books/7%
Nonfiction: 37 books/17%
Classics: 2 books/1%
Mystery/thriller: 16 books/8%
Memoir: 4 books/2%
85% of the books I read were given to me for review. Of the non-review books, about 2/3 were from the library and 1/3 were books I owned.
73% of the books I read were written by women
Thanks to some Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers reissues, the mean age of the books I read this year was about 4 years, but thanks to all of my review books (including 2013 review copies) the median and mode pub date of what I read this year was 2012.
Over 70% of the books I read this year were written by authors I had never read before.
Ahead to 2013
At the moment I am going to continue posting print/ebook reviews Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays; audiobook reviews on Fridays; and Sunday Salons – as well as the occasional Saturday Story Spotlight. I know that this schedule will stay for January , but as the year progresses I may have to go down to three reviews/week including audio, or possibly even fewer. I am going to be more ruthless than ever about abandoning books that aren’t working for me, so you are probably only going to be hearing about those I truly enjoy, as I am also generally not planning to spend my time writing up books that don’t work for me. If you want to do the math of what I have listed as read on my monthly wrap-ups and what I get around to reviewing you are welcome to, but given the late reviews I give some books that may or may not tell you anything.
Part of the reason that I am going to less time for the books I don’t dig (besides the whole three kids under four thing)is that I am coming on as an assistant agent at the Larsen Pomada Literary Agency. If you are interested in querying me, here’s what I’m looking for:
I am now open to submissions in upmarket women’s fiction and historical fiction. I’m looking for books with particularly well-developed characters and strong authorial voice. In historical fiction in particular I am particularly interested in books that bring the setting to life and that maintain balance between historical accuracy and strong plot choices. I am also very interested in mystery, fantasy, and occasionally romance approaches to these genres as well.
At the moment, you MUST query me by pasting your query, your 1-2 page synopsis, and the first chapter of your novel into the body of an email and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org. When that changes I will let you all know here, but any queries sent to this blog’s email address (email@example.com) will be deleted unread.
Anyway, I’m hoping to be reading lots of amazing manuscripts and selling them to editors, so, yeah, we’ll see what the blog does. It will definitely not be going back to my pre-twin levels and we’ll see whether or not it stays at current levels.