Year of reading 2012

I love that time of the year, with its reading statistics.

2012 was a fantastic reading year, with 89 books reads, and 17 listened to = 106, my highest ever, I believe [total of 2011 = 99].

Books read in 2012:
[83 in 2011]. That’s an average of 7.4/month
Total of 20,907 pages, which is an average of 57.27 pages/day

Books listened to in 2012:
[16 in 2011]. This is an average of 1.4/month.
Total of 11,536 mn [=192.26 hours] with an average of 31 mn/day.

I could add 3 books I translated.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

2012 pages-day

2012 hours-day

2012 pages-book

My Favorites:
click on the covers to get to my reviews

Hard copies

              Fiction                    Historical fiction          Nonfiction

Le Grand MeaulnesThe Lincoln Conspiracy     Little Princes


         Fiction                    Historical fiction          Nonfiction

       Flight Behavior         Illuminations     The Black Count

Audio Books

         Fiction                    Historical fiction          Nonfiction

The Forgotten Garden       Bring Up The Bodies     Aleppo Codex

Favorite graphic book:

Adventures of Hergé

Favorite spiritual book:

Inner River

Favorite book cover:

Equal of the Sun


2012 genre


2012 format


2012 authors

2012 authors nationality

Books by the same author: 30 [19 in 2011]:
– 12 by Shakespeare, 4 by Dorothy Gilman, 3 by Kate Morton, 3 by Agatha Christie, 2 by Italo Calvino, 2 by Michelle Moran, 2 by Keigo Higashino, 2 by Fred Van Lente.

Re-Reads: 3 [4 in 2011] :  Le Grand Meaulnes, Macbeth, Othello.

Oldest: As You Like It1599

Newest: Bruno and the Carol Singers- 12/1/2012

2012 date published

In translation: 16 [13 in 2011]

3 in original language:  French

2012 read in

Other countries these books led me to:  Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Maldives Islands, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia,  Sicily, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania

Shortest: Bruno and the Carol Singers– 29 pages

Longest: Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian – 567 pages.

Longest audio: To The End of the Land, by David Grossman – 26:25 hours (581 pages)

Funniest: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Favorite characters of the year: Augustin Meaulnes, and Emily Pollifax

Which authors new to you in 2012 that you now want to read the entire works of?
Dorothy Gilman, Daphne du Maurier

Best title: And Then There Were None

Longest book title: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

Shortest book title: Dusk


2012 source

And now to a very fun wrap up. There are a lot of those online, but these are my favorites:

– When I was younger I was : Exploring the Universe
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m: Cleopatra’s Daughter
– I will never be: Gandhi
– At the end of a long day I need:  The Summer of France
– Right now I’m feeling: Beauty for Ashes
– Someday I want to: (go) To The End of the Land
– At a party you’d find me: Beyond the Sky and the Earth
– I’ve never:  Murder(ed) on the Orient Express
– I really don’t enjoy: Running n the Family
– In my next life I want to be: The Far Traveler

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Paris, my Sweet
– Your favorite form of transportation: Flight Behavior
– Your best friend is: The Black Count
– You and your friends are: Little Princes
– What’s the weather like: The Tempest
– Favorite time of day: Dusk
– If your life was : A Golden Age
– What is life to you: The Age of Miracles
– Your fear: The Death of Kings
– What is the best advice you have to give: As You Like It
– Thought for the Day: All For Love
– How I would like to die: Bird(s) of a Lesser Paradise
– My soul’s present condition: Illuminations

I began the day with Rebecca.

On my way to work I saw The Man in the Brown Suit

and walked by The Forgotten Garden

to avoid The Siren of Paris,

but I made sure to stop at The Secret Garden.

In the office, my boss said : Bring Up the Bodies !

and sent me to research The End of the Affair.

At lunch with Le Grand Meaulnes,

I noticed  Spartacus

under The Bridge of San Luis Rey,

then went back to my desk Remembering Babylon.

Later, on the journey home, I bought A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax

because I have Invisible Cities;

then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Boy in the Suitcase

and studied Le Road Trip

before saying goodnight to The Orphan Master’s Son.

Now don’t tell me this is not fun! Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2012?

In 2012, I participated in  25 Reading Challenges, 4 Read Alongs, and 3 Tours. see my recap here. The most fascinating reading challenge was Around the World in 52 countries.


And now to 2013:

I have signed up to only 12  Reading Challenges, 2 being challenges I started in 2012 and plan to finish this year!
I will take part in more virtual book Tours, already 4 are lined up, more to come I’m sure.

I’m excited to take part in the Proust Year, and will read the whole of A la recherche du temps perdu, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its publication. I’m also thrilled to start the challenge of reading one book per US State.
See this Google spreadsheet to see what titles I plan to read for what challenge – so far, only a few titles are listed, but that can give you great ideas of Challenges.

2012 was such an exciting year of reading for me, thanks to you other book bloggers, and all my readers who subscribed to this blog through email, google reader, wordpress, facebook, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, etc, and to all your comments! Thanks again for following this blog!



56 thoughts on “Year of reading 2012

  1. Wow, that’s an impressive list of books in one year. I would have to give up work to read that many….. Like the Google spreadsheet idea of keeping track. For Italy, who are you thinking of? There is the series featuring the Sicilian detective that everyone is raving about which I think is Inspector Cavelleri. ….


    • thanks, maybe you could try it for next year? it is so much fun, but only if you keep track as you read along each book, otherwise it’s too long to do at the end.
      thanks for increasing my vocabulary, I had to check what ‘fangirling’ meant. too old I guess and grew up in France, so was not familiar with the word


    • isn’t it? if you count the time you spend doing the dishes, etc – of course won’t work if you have a dishwasher, but am lucky enough not to have one, so great excuse to listen to audiobooks!


  2. Great Stats. I would like to read “Little Princes” too. Reading 30% of non-fictions is a great thing. I hope to emulate that next year. Have a good 2013!


  3. Love those charts and graphs! I am no where near that organized. I only know number of pages read because goodreads tells me so.

    I’m almost finished with Flight Behavior and it’s already one of my favorites for the new year.


  4. I mentioned this when you commented on my blog but that’s awesome how you recapped and reviewed your year in reading! Pie charts and everything 😀 Looks like you had an awesome 2012 in reading, hope it continues into 2013.

    Interesting that you mentioned the Proust Year thing, I have a number of his books waiting to be read on my eReader; never read any of his works before, might consider looking in to that for this year 😉


  5. I would love to get to Black Count this year. I really liked the other book I read by Tom Reiss. I’m glad it was a favorite of yours!


    • wow, thanks for the recommendation! Looks like I stupidly never paid attention to any other possible book by him. just read the synopsis of the Orientalist, really intriguing! so now on my TBR!


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