I love charts and graphs, and I’ve loved seeing the rest of yours, so here it’s time to review my reading history for 2011 and look at where Rebecca Reads has been. First, we’ll go graphs and charts! Click on an image to see it larger.
Also, I sincerely apologize that I haven’t linked to my review posts for the favorites books mentioned below. I have not even updated the archives for months either! I’ll try to get caught up one of these days. If you want to know my thoughts about a book, do a search in the search bar on the right…
So, what these awesome graphs show me is that I read too many modern books, I’ve taken to reading ARCs a bit too easily, I haven’t read nearly enough “really old” classics, and I should work on diversifying my classics with non-Western classics, such as those from Africa and Japan (which I already have on my TBR shelf!).
Note: These numbers don’t count short stories and individual poems. I’m not sure how to include individual story collections into the statistics. I track by book and page count.
Books read: 112.
Approximate number of pages: 30,750
Number of works read but not reviewed on Rebecca Reads: 6
Longest Work: War and Peace (1215 pages), followed by Gone with the Wind (1010 pages)
Shortest Works: Ghosts by Ibsen (60 pages), Harlem Shadows (poetry collection) by Claude McKay (60 pages), Poetics by Aristotle (60 pages)
Longest Title: Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London
Shortest Title: May B.
Favorite pre-1900 classic(s): Germinal (This was brutal to read but amazingly wonderful to read, both because it was wonderfully written and because it had a great story.) Anne Bradstreet’s poetry. The Mill on the Floss (This was a frustrating read but something to reread and treasure.) See below for favorite rereads.
Favorite 1900s fictional work(s): The Grapes of Wrath. For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Favorite read-aloud with Raisin: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He could not wait to find out what happened!
Favorite fiction published after 2000: After by Amy Efaw (a rare YA novel for me: I couldn’t put it down. I still think about the issues in it). Ragnorak by A.S. Byatt (wonderfully written modern-day mythology).
Best nonfiction read in 2011: Season to Taste and Nom de Plume. (Both ARCs I received at BEA!)
Favorite rereads: The Scarlet Letter. The Woman in White. Their Eyes Were Watching God. The Glass Menagerie.
Least favorite read(s) of 2011: Walden. Red Badge of Courage. Gone with the Wind.
In 2012, I want to keep reading classics and reread some of those favorites, since those are the ones I finish the year thinking “ah, that was great!” Also, I don’t want to read too many ARCs: I want to make sure my reading is still focused on reading from my shelves and reading the classics.
What were your favorite reads of the year? Any overlaps with mine?