A Year With Anakalian Whims – 2012 Stats

December 30, 2012 at 9:42 pm (Guest Blogger, The Whim) (, , , , )

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

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Books I Read in 2011

January 12, 2012 at 4:23 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , )

Found on Pinterest via herlibraryadventures.blogspot.com

Once a year I pass on my completed list for the year before.  Kind of a little “Hey world, this is what I read!” – as if I didn’t keep you posted on that year round anyway as reviews for most are available somewhere on my blog.  You’ll notice I included a lot of kid’s titles, as I have one now.  For other parents, I hope my kid’s reviews are helpful; for those of you who don’t have children, I hope they inspire you to revisit your childhood.

BOOKS I READ IN 2011 (in order of completion date)

  1. Christians and the Fall of Rome – Edward Gibb (January)
  2. McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern Issue #1 (January)
  3. The Laughing Cavalier – Baroness Orczy (January)
  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle (all the time, repeatedly)
  5.  Legends of the Fall – Jim Harrison (January)
  6. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James (January)
  7. When Elephants Weep – Masson and McCarthy (January)
  8. Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane (February)
  9. Humphrey’s Bedtime and Humphrey’s Playtime – Sally Hunter (Feb.)
  10. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire – Amanda Foreman (February)
  11. The Catwings Collection – Ursula LeGuin (February)
  12. The Professor and the Madman – Simon Winchester (February)
  13. High Marks for Murder – Rebecca Kent (February)
  14. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (March)
  15. Finished Off – Rebecca Kent (March)
  16. How the Irish Saved Civilization – Thomas Cahill (March)
  17. Humphrey’s Mealtime – Sally Hunter (March)
  18.  The Clumsy Click Beetle – Eric Carle (all the time!)
  19.  From Head to Toe – Eric Carle  (March)
  20. Her Little Majesty: the Life of Queen Victoria – Carolly Erickson (April)
  21. Murder Has No Class – Rebecca Kent (April)
  22. Drood – Dan Simmons (May)
  23. Dead and Gone – Charlaine Harris (May)
  24. Dead in the Family – Charlaine Harris (May)
  25. Bella Tuscany – Frances Mayes (June)
  26. Mary Poppins – P.L. Tavers (June)
  27. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street – Helene Hanff (July)
  28. The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy (July)
  29.  The Rainbow Fish books – Marcus Pfister (all the time!)
  30. Punctuation Celebration – Elsie Knight (all the time!)
  31. Lots of Brian P. Cleary Books (repeatedly – we are collecting all the titles)
  32. Gossie and Friends Collection – Olivier Dunrea (July)
  33. The Crack in the Edge of the World – Simon Winchester (July)
  34. The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield (July)
  35. Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson (July)
  36. The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton (August)
  37. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert (August)
  38. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (August)
  39. Queen Isabella – Alison Weir (September)
  40. Sociopath Next Door – Stout (October)
  41. Homicide in Hardcover – Carlisle (October)
  42. Vampire Diaries Vol. 1 & 2 (Books 1-4) – L.J. Smith (November)
  43. The Brownie and the Princess – Louisa May Alcott (December)
  44. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King (December)

For the record, in the last few months, I didn’t stop reading to my kid, we just kept reading all the same titles over and over again (as you will do with board and picture books).  The titles place in line on the list represent the first time she heard the story.

I’d love to discuss anything I’ve already read with you if you are interested.
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Every year I make plans for what I will read and goals for things to accomplish in my literary life.  This year I hope to double the number of adult books I get a chance to read, now that I am a stay at home mom I’m able to make a bit more time for that (Ayla just gets a bit more adult lit read to her than I think she bargained for at birth).

2010 List can be found here:

Authors & Publishers: I’d love to receive review copies.  In the past, I have been very punctual in my reading and in posting a review.  I aim to be honest, but kind.  I am a dedicated bibliophile that happens to hold a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing; being an emotional yet studious reader, I’d like to think I’m good at creating buzz.

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