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2012: As Seen In Books

Books of 2012

I’ve already started with my reading for this year but thanks to being ill I haven’t done any major reading (I’ve been reading Harry Potter, the Enid Blyton of today) yet. Now before I start reading my lists for this year I thought I’d take a quick look at my book stats for 2012 and compare them to 2011 and see how I did fare in two years.

Here’s what I found –

Top Rated Books
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Books that stood-out for me in 2012
I experimented quite a bit in 2012 with books, genres and authors, especially since a lot of authors started to give away their ebooks on Amazon for free through the KDP program. Here are the books and series that were interesting finds for me in 2012.

Books –
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Indian Maidens Bust Loose by Vidya Samson
Sikander by M. Salahuddin Khan
The Loom by Shella Gillus
Bitch Goddess for Dummies by Maya Sharma Sriram

Series –
Little Blue Envelope Series by Maureen Johnson
A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
Ghost-in-Law Series by Jana Deleon
An Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series by Chanda Hahn
Chronicles of the Kings Series by Lynn Austin

Most Read Authors
George R.R. Martin – 5
J.K. Rowling – 7
Chanda Hahn – 2
Maureen Johnson – 2

Books Read each Month
May – 13
August – 12
January – 10
February and June – 6
March, July and September – 5
April and November – 3
December – 2

Last year I read the most number of books in February (11). This year in October I didn’t read even one book :O

Out of the 70 books I read 59 were eBooks! The Kindle has completely paid off; it’s officially the best gift I’ve got in a while. Another significant number is 11 – the number of books I read by Indian Authors. I’m hoping this will be a higher number in 2013.

Looking back my choice of books says so much about the year. I’ve read a large variety of authors this year and alot of Indian authors that I made a concsious effort to find. I didn’t always find good books but mostly the books I’ve read I enjoyed and would recommend. Indian Authors have gotten better over the years and so has publishing. I’ve seen some very nice book covers this year, specially the ones from Rupa Publishing.

I found some great books by chance trolling through Amazon. Don’t miss out on Indian Maidens Bust Loose and Sikander. If you are looking for something different yet enjoyable then read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and The Palace of Illusions.

What have you noticed in your reading in 2012? Which books stood-out for you? What would you recommend I read in 2013?

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  • Maya Sriram

    Delighted to find my book on your list of books that stood for you last year.
    Thank you.

  • Maya Sriram

    I am delighted to find my book on your list of books that stood out for you in 2012. Thank you. Humbled.
    Maya Sharma Sriram

  • freya3377

    Thanks for writing Bitch Goddess for Dummies Maya, I enjoyed reading it. Look forward to more books from you :)