Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Reflections on a Year of Reading: 2011

I can not believe another year is about to come to a close. 2011 has been a year of many milestones for me. On the blogging front it was my second full year of blogging and it found me far surpassing my goal of reading 80 books, reading the most books I've ever read in one year, with 97 books total read! I also got to make it to the Book Blogger Convention in New York for the first time which was wonderful to get to enjoy meeting a bunch of other book bloggers and trade stories. On a more personal front, I turned 30 this year which was a big milestone for me and I celebrated that by going to Bali. I also got engaged to the love of my life, Rob, and we will be enjoying planning a fun wedding next year which I am really looking forward to!

So, now, without further ado, here are my reading stats for 2011:
In total I read: 97 Books!
Most Books Read in One Month: March, April, May, July, and August all tie for 9 titles each!
Total Number of A and B rated books: 74 (woohoo!)
Total Number of C, D, and F rated books: 23
Total number of pages read: 26,144 (1,801 more than last year!)

I am pleased with the above because this means I really achieved my goals from last year. One of the big ones was to continue to get to know myself as a reader. This blog and keeping a reading journal was supposed to help me better pick out the books that I love over and over again. Seeing that I enjoyed 76% of the books I read this year as compared to 68% last year means I am definitely improving my hit rate! 

My other goal for this last year was to have fun with blogging and I most certainly did, and I have you to thank for that!

My Reading Goals for 2012. I can pretty much guarantee that with planning a wedding I won't be able to read as many books as I did in 2011. However, what I do hope is that I have continued success with the books that I read being books that I love. I want to be able to share books that are wonderful with you and to make the time that I do have for reading as enjoyable as possible. 

Additionally, I hope to focus on the genres that I know I love and have always brought me enjoyment: women's fiction and historical fiction. 

In the coming days you will see my top picks for covers of the year and books of the year!


  1. Yay, congratulations on those fabulous numbers!! I think I will hit 97 this year too (I'm almost done with 96!!) Someone once asked me how I could rate so many books I have read a 4 or higher (equivalent to your A & B ratings)...I told them that it is because I know what I love and I am pretty good at gauging which books will be a "hit" with is so much fun when you get to that point in your book selection process. Hope you have a fantastic 2012, Leah - and congrats on your upcoming nuptials!!!

  2. That is what I call a great year, 30, engaged and reading majority books you love. Perfect

    I wish you continued success next year. Look forward to your top lists also.

  3. You had a banner year in books and real life! Happy New Year!

  4. Congrats on your reading goals and fulfilling them. It sounds like you had a great year, not only in the reading corner, but the romance corner as well. Wishing you a wonderful year of reading in 2012.

  5. Congrats on a fabulous year! Way to go with all that reading, and best wishes for your upcoming marriage!

    Since you're bound to add some wedding planning books to your reading next year, I'll recommend Crane's Wedding Blue Book- the ultimate reference for how to address those invitations in all sorts of tricky situations.

  6. Great goal :) His Fic is the best and I hope you will find many more pearls

  7. Sounds like you had a wonderful year and I wish you all the best in 2012. I hope to read more historical fiction next year, too!

  8. Thanks to everyone for your compliments on my reading year!

    Allison - I am off to check out that book right now!

  9. Awesome JOB!

    :::::::::: claps ::::::::::::

  10. Congratulations on a great year of reading!

  11. wow you had a great as far as book milestone goes and in your personal life! you'll have to keep us updated in your wedding plans! i love seeing people's wedding dress. yes, i'm a fan of say yes to the dress. have fun planning your wedding and here's to another year of great things!

  12. An exciting year for sure! Isn't it amazing how blogging can make you even more obsessed with reading? Hope 2012 bring you lots of great books (to go along with a great husband).


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