2012: A reading digest

Well, 2012 is drawing to a close, and while I'll probably read a few more books before I flip the page on my calendar, now is a good time to take a look at what I liked, what I didn't like, and what I was ambivalent about. (I did the same last year; my 2011 summation can be found here.)

The nuts and bolts, the nitty gritty

First, a rather unscientific roundup of some of my reading stats: of the 127 books I read, 77 were authored by women, a healthy 61 percent of my literary diet (up from last year's figure, 57 percent). I read more than I did last year, though only by a bit -- 118 books in 2011, as opposed to 127 in 2012. About 20 percent of the books I read were nonfiction; most of the rest were novels, though short-story collections accounted for a little less than 10 percent of my reading.

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