Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Breaking It All Down: Reading Stats 2014



Total # of books: 139

Pages read: 40,276

Library books: 31    Thanks, BEL! xoxo

Kindle books: 81

Audio books: 2

Tree books:  56


Fiction: 61

Nonfiction: 78

Graphic Novels: 15

DNF:  8

Should I stay or should I go?:
Van Gogh - Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith (page 258)

Always come back to you: (author I read the most in 2014)
Maya Angelou - 7 books

I read the book, I saw the TV show, got the t-shirt:
Orange is the New Black

Shortest book:
The Strongest Man in the World: Louis Cyr (27 pages)

Longest book:
A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True (1,056 pages)

Newest book:
What's Living in My Knickers?  (December, 2014)

Oldest book:
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)

You go back, Jack, do it again (rereads):  9

Doorstop Dreams (500+ pages): 12
Small Packages (-100 pages):  8

Translated books: 3

Funniest book:
Hark! A Vagrant! and Dear Coca-Cola

Saddest book:
My Brother Sam is Dead

Blood pressure spike:
 The Devil's Knot

WTF?!:
Touching The Void
What's Living in My Knickers?

Frustrated, Incorporated:
The Caine Mutiny - Herman Wouk
American Rose - Karen Abbott
Highway with Green Apples - Suah Bae
Bark - Lorrie Moore
Landline - Rainbow Rowell
Labor Day - Joyce Maynard
You Are What You Wear - Jennifer Baumgartner

Favorites  - Fiction:
My Name is Mary Sutter - Robin Oliveira
Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver
Rifles for Watie - Harold Keith
A Mummer's Wife - George Moore
The Nether World - George Gissing
Silas Marner - George Eliot
The Street - Ann Petry
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
The Homesman - Glendon Swarthout
Stoner - John Williams
Hangover Square - Patrick Hamilton
Lila - Marilynne Robinson
Euphoria - Lily King

Favorites - Nonfiction:
The Devil's Knot - Mara Leveritt
Food of a Younger Land - Mark Kurlansky
Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
The Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey
Maya Angelou memoirs
Lessons From Madame Chic - Jennifer L. Scott
Five Came Back - Mark Harris
Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
The Lost Art of Dress - Linda Przbyszewski
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
Beverly Cleary memoirs
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? - Roz Chast

When it was 2014, it was a very WOW year:
Euphoria (fiction)
Lila (fiction)
The Lost Art of Dress (nonfiction)
Bad Feminist (essays)
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (graphic novel)


I remember doing the Time Warp:
Books written before 1800:  1
Books written 1800-1899:   8
Books written 1900-1960:   12
Books written 1961-1999:   29
Books written 2000-2014:   89

On the road again (Author Birthplace):
Australia: 1
Austria:  1
Canada: 3
Dominican Republic: 1
England:  19
Ethiopia:  1
France:  2
Ireland:  4
Japan:  2
Scotland:  1
South Korea:  2
USA:  102

Books with male authors: 48
Books with female authors:  73
Books with co-authors:  4
Books with...not sure of gender: 1


Time to make some book resolutions!

6 comments:

Sam Sattler said...

Nice reading year, obviously. I'm particularly impressed with how many older books you read in 2014...and how many were Kindle books.

I've looked at about 10 year-end recaps in the last couple of days and I'm finding that in 100% of them the author gender most read coincides with that of the blogger. Still looking for the exception to the rule...

Stefanie said...

What a good year you had! I love the way you broke everything down! I am in the midst of Bad Feminist right now and liking it very much. Happy New Year!

Water Park in Delhi NCR said...

Amazing blog and very interesting stuff you got here! I definitely learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

I read and watched Orange is the New Black this year too. I actually ended up loving the TV show more!

Sue F. said...

Great post! After reading through your latest posts, I have added The Homesman and Insomnia to my TBR list! Thanks and Happy New Year!

Susan said...

Happy 2015, Susan. You had a great reading year in 2014. 139 books! I still haven't cracked 100. My perennial goal until I do....It was interesting to see how many old classics you enjoyed, as well as books published in 2014 :-)