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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Reading Wrap-up

2012 has been quite a year in reading for me.  I love looking over my reading trends to see how my tastes have changed and there were some significant changes between 2011 and 2012.  However, I have also realized that I am pretty much only ever going to read between 67 or 68 books a year – it has been one of those two numbers over the last 4 years – I’m pretty consistent I guess!

Some reading trend changes for me:

  • I read less of the favorite authors that made up the most of my authors in the last three years – very few James Patterson and Janet Evanovich.  This is due to the fact I was having a harder time getting my hands on their audio books.
  • Read less physical pages – more e-books and many more audiobooks than the last couple years.
  • Historical Fiction still makes up the bulk of my books, however several more non-fiction books this year
  • Less variety in settings – less set in England and more set in America.

Here are my reading statistics this past year:



PAGES READ: 12,482


TYPE OF BOOK (some may overlap)

  • Hardcover: 4
  • Paperback: 20
  • ARC: 29
  • Audio: 32
  • E-Book: 10

GENRE (may overlap)

  • Historical Fiction: 33
  • Young Adult: 14
  • Contemporary Fiction: 4
  • Romance: 1
  • Non-fiction: 17
  • Mystery: 1
  • Fantasy: 5
  • Memoir: 1
  • Classic: 6

SETTING (may overlap)

  • England: 11
  • France: 10
  • Italy: 1
  • Ireland: 1
  • Scotland: 1
  • Spain: 1
  • America: 29
  • Ancient Egypt: 1
  • Ancient Greece: 1
  • Fantasy: 5
  • Middle East/Africa: 1




  • C.S. Lewis (4)
  • A.A. Milne (2)
  • John A. Heldt (2)
  • Kristiana Gregory (2)
  • Donna Russo Morin (2)

Now for my favorite reads of 2012.  I did not do a Top 10 list – I actually selected 7 which were my top favorites (in no particular order): 
  • Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
  • The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
  • A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Jane by Robin Maxwell
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara
  • The Mine by John A. Heldt

In terms of my most anticipated releases of 2013 – again 7 in no particular order:
  • Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent
  • Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
  • Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
  • The Tudor Conspiracy by C.W. Gortner

There are so many more that I am excited about but there is just too many to name!  Welcome 2013!!!

What kind of trends did you notice in your reading the past year?


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  1. Looks like you had a great reading year in 2012, Heather. A Place Beyond Courage also made my favourites list for 2012. I'm also looking forward to reading a number books you have listed on your most anticipated reads list, particularly Paris, and Shadows and Strongholds -- I've already got a copy of the latter since its been out here for ages, but its on my 2013 to read list since I didn't get to it last year.

    All the best to you in 2013!

    1. I am so amazed that my reading trends have been so similar over the past few years. I can't seem to reach 70 books!

  2. Love how you broke this down! Cascade and Jane are two I am hoping to get to this year as well as the first four on your most anticipated list. Hope you have a wonderful reading/blogging year this year! :)

    1. You too! I can't wait to see what books this year will bring.


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