Number of books read in 2011: 54
I’m quite happy with this number as it met my goal of a book a week with some change left over. For a year that included a major move, a career shift, and a number of other largish personal events, this is not too shabby.
Number of Non-Fiction Works Read: 23
This number feels about right – while I’m a fiction guy, there are some amazing non-fiction reads out there and I’m happy that I balanced them off a bit better this year than last.
Number books read written by white males: 39
I’m not sure what to make of this number – I’m vehemently against reading books simply because the author is female (or black, or Asian, or gay, or young, or Ivy League educated, or Klingon stamp-collecting birdwatcher, etc.). At the same time, this statistic is a bit lame.
Number of Stephen King books read: 10
Yup – slightly more than one out of every six books I read this year was a Stephen King book. Granted, a reread of The Dark Tower series constituted seven of the ten books and one of the books, Black House, was only half-written by King. Still, any way you parse it, it’s a high number – certainly higher than any other author I’ve read in 2011. What does it say about me? That I love me some Stephen King. If you don’t like that, take your Harold Bloom and go stuff it.
Number of Repeat Authors: 5
Aside from Stephen King, I read more than one book each from Richard Dawkins, Jon Krakauer, Haruki Murakami, and Herman Wouk.
Number of Paper Books Read: 1
The world has moved on, I’m sad to say, and I’ve had no choice but to go along with it. With the lone exception of John Wyndham’s The Day of the Triffids, all of my reading in 2011 has been done electronically, either on my Sony E-Reader or my i-Pad. Am I sad about this? In a way – I miss books as physical objects. I miss the thrill of hunting through used book stores and delighting in my various finds. Clicking through Amazon or the iTunes Bookstore just doesn’t compare. At the same time, dragging Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 around the subway may very well have resulted in a few strained muscles. The plain fact is that e-readers are more convenient than traditional books, both in acquisition and consumption. I’ve made peace with this and do not envision going back to paper for anything more than the occasional touch of nostalgia.
To all my fellow book bloggers, best of wishes in 2012 and happy reading!