This post highlights my reading life for 2011. I didn't keep very good stats this year, so take my numbers as best-as-I-can tell estimates.
I read and listened to a handful of books in 2011 that are not included in the following statistics because I haven't yet reviewed them. Those books will appear as part of my stats for next year.
I decided not to include recipes or movie reviews because I think you are more interested in the books.
Some Basic Stats
Total reviewed: 182 books
First review was Eat Your Feelings by Heather Whaley
Last review will be Take Me Home by Brian Leung (to appear tomorrow)
Female authors: 101
Male authors: 81
Total hours listening to audiobooks: 747 hours, 23 minutes (that's 31 days and a bit)
My Favorite Photos
Of course I love all the photos I posted in 2011, but here are my four favorite Wordless Wednesday photos: 112 (farmhouse in snow), 133 (New York City), 153 (Maine), 158 (Brugge).
- Imprint Fridays, featuring Amy Einhorn Books, Harper Perennial, Algonquin Books, and Ecco Books. Open my labels pull-down list and click on the labels to learn about the featured books.
- I am especially thankful for the continuing growth of Weekend Cooking. I love all the creative posts from my friends who have book blogs, photography blogs, and cooking blogs.
- I was judge for Nerds ♥ YA, I was on a panel for the Book Blogger Convention, and I was a voting member for the Indie Lit Awards.
- Amy Einhorn Perpetual Reading Challenge: It's never too late to join.
- What's in a Name? reading challenge: You can still sign up for the 2012 challenge.
- I let go of my participation in the Literary Road Trip.
- I am no longer associated with Audiobook Jukebox.
- I reviewed for Shelf Awareness, but decided to leave them. I am, however, still reviewing freelance for other organizations and publications. I left SA because, although they expect totally honest reviews, they will publish only positive reviews. That restriction did not sit well with me.
The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar
Bohemian Girl by Terese Svoboda
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
Emily, Alone by Stewart O'Nan
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Top Books in Food and Cooking 2011 (alphabetical order)
Food Lover's Guide to Wine by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger
Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
Molto Batali by Mario Batali
Rosie's Bakery . . . Baking Book by Judy Rosenberg
Outlook for 2012
Personal: I have decided that blogging must be a guilt-free zone. What that means for you is that, although I am reading and will continue to read all your blogs, I cannot feel bad when my job or my home life means that I am not commenting on every blog I read every day. I am going to experiment with how to be more efficient at leaving comments so you know I'm still reading and I'm still there. That may mean commenting only on weekends or only at night, or I may find some other solution. I am truly wracked with guilt when I don't comment on the blogs that I have been faithfully reading for more than three years, but I am ending the guilt today. :)
Blog: I really love the rhythm of my blog and don't plan on making any large changes. I am, however, working on some exciting new things for Imprint Friday. My Weekend Cooking feature is strong, and I have posts planned into February! And of course I will continue to have my camera at my side for Wordless Wednesday.