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

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!


Sam 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 :-)