Thursday, 5 January 2012

2011: Statistics and Top Ten Books


Total Books Read = 153
Total Pages Read = 46965

Average Books Read Per Month = 13
Average Pages Read Per Month = 3914

Month Read Most Books = July (23)
Month Read Most Pages = July (6609)

Month Read Fewest Books = January (2)
Month Read Fewest Pages = January (539)

Owned Books Read =70 (46%)
Borrowed Books Read = 83 (54%)

Most Read Author = Louise Rennison (11 books in total)

Top Ten Books of the Year

01. The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett - reread this in December and my God, it's good.  Complicated, complex and difficult, but brilliant nonetheless. 

02. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray - AKA my thoughts on feminism, gender and sexuality let me show you them, all expressed far better than I ever could.  With satire and politics thrown in as well.

03. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - I love Steph's writing, and Anna and St. Clair are in it.  I may have squeed a little (just a little).

04. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte - I think Anne is my favourite Bronte, and this is my favourite of her (two) books.  19th century feminism that shocked people at the time (but, why does she leave her abusive, alcoholic husband?  What a dreadful woman to do such a thing), it's possibly best described as what happens when you do marry the rake.

05. Before I Die by Jenny Downham - beautifully written and had me in tears at the end.  A difficult/painful subject dealt with perfectly.

06. Real-Live Boyfriends by E Lockhart - this is really to cover the entire Ruby Oliver series, which I'd put off reading because I was pretty sure it would reawaken my teenage angst (which it did) but the awesomeness of the books far outweighed any painful memories they evoked.

07. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr - again, to cover an entire series: Wicked Lovely.  All the plot threads sewn up, lots of Irial/Niall and all of Keenan's brattishness being addressed - fantastic.  

08. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - my first Dickens, read because I watched the BBC adaptation and discovered that there were entire subplots that weren't, for some reason, in the musical.  Enjoyed it, despite the anti-Semitism (squick me much?) and the sheer number of bloody coincidences (Dickens' favourite plot device, methinks).

09. Nation by Terry Pratchett - another book I'd put off reading because I thought it would be too upsetting.  Wish I hadn't: it's absolutely brilliant and, like Beauty Queens, sums up a lot of my thoughts on 'issues'.  The ending is bittersweet and beautiful.

10. The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff - introduced me to one of my new favourite authors, and is fantastic.  The latter half of the book is incredibly tense.  The only real surprise is that the film is even more homoerotic than the book.

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