I read a lot. Like. . . I typically read somewhere between 45 and 65 books a year. Mostly, I read contemporary fiction, but I like to mix in some literary classics and non-fiction books for good measure.
When I look over my book list for 2011, I see that I read 48 books. I was on track for 52 (my goal this year). . . but my reading-train derailed when my Mom had her accident in mid-December. (I actually haven't read a page since. . .) In review, I can see that I was heavy on contemporary fiction this year; a little lighter on the classics; and there were plenty of non-fiction books in the mix.
I'm pretty picky when it comes to reading, and I have my own "star-rating" system for rating the books I read. Most of this year's reading fell into my 4-star category (which is typical), but 8 of them were 5-star books (not counting Get the F--- to Sleep, which was brilliant, and definitely worthy of 5-stars, but sort of out of my usual "realm" of categorization).
Here are the five absolute-best books I read in 2011:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I loved this book so much. It actually may be one of my favorite books EVER.
On Canaan's Side: A Novel by Sebastian Barry. Lovely writing; compelling characters; heart-tugging story.
So many great books!