From a database I keep on my computer, I compiled some of my personal reading statistics for 2012:
I read/listened to a total of 45 [new] books. *
Out of these, only 6 were printed on paper.
(I had some renewed eye trouble back in the spring.)
But I read 9 on my Kindle since I bought that in October!
Which means 30 audio books (cd, mp3 or downloaded).
Out of those 19 were borrowed from the library.
Out of all 45 books, 19 were in English, and 26 in Swedish (17 originally written in Swedish, 9 translated).
[* In addition to the “new” ones I have also re-listened to a few old favourites without repeating them in the list. Sometimes I prefer listening to something I already know, so that it does not matter if I fall asleep]
I thought it might be interesting (mainly for myself!) to write this down and make a comparison next January, as I do expect to read more on the Kindle in 2013!
The first book that I read back in January 2012 was:
Allan Karlsson is about to celebrate his hundredth birthday and a party is planned at the retirement home where he lives. Allan is not so interested in the party, though. Instead he climbs out of the window and disappears. He finds a bag of stolen money and gets chased by drug dealers and the police. Intermixed with the present time events, we also learn about his past; which turns out to have been rather extraordinary for an ordinary man…
"This quirky novel is a sly, satirical look back at international relations in the 20th century through the eyes of an old man who has seen it all."