It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
I read 60 books!! I count my DNFs, but sometimes, I only count the pages that I actually read. Sometimes I don’t. Aint this gonna be fun?
I know this shows that I read 59… um,
(I can’t remember how I cut just the image above but it was before I finished the 60th book: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt…)
Ratings breakdown: 13 FIVE 22%, 24 FOUR 40%, 16 THREE 27%, 5 TWO 8% and 2 ONE 3%.
Longest book read and longest book title: SAME BOOK! Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, clocking in at 875 pages.
Over 60% of my books this year were penned by female authors. Female 37 to Male 23.
The 11 chunksters (>450 pages) comprised 7677 pages or 41% of total pages read — 18,621.
I read 6 books less than 200 pages. I averaged 358 pages a week; 310 pages per book. I tell ya, The Goldfinch in 5 days helped a LOT.
I read 8 more books on the 1001+ Books To Read Before I Die List. I only read 5 last year.
I listened to 14 audiobooks, two more than last year but only 10 more hours. I listened to 241 hours!!
Three books were translated from another language; Italian, Swedish and Dutch. I read a book set in Amsterdam and visited Amsterdam.
Highlight of my book blogging experiences involved travel – I bought a book at the Persephone Bookstore in London and I had lunch with Judith in Amsterdam.
TOO many books set in the United States? Other exotic locales I visited were Wales, Ireland, Canada (surprisingly, only 1), Australia (twice), North Korea, Italy, Antarctica, Iran, France, Japan, Sweden, somewhere nondescript in Europe (Calvino’s IoaWNaT). I covered a lot of ocean water with Moby Dick and Unbroken, I suffered war in Ancient Greece/Persia (The Song of Achilles), and I spent some time traveling the galaxies.
I read only 9 nonfiction books compared to 17 last year! yikes.
Stephen King and JK Rowling competed for most books read by same author with THREE. Rowling won with pages numbers; I finished the Harry Potter series for a total of 2281 pages read but King only got 2065. He would have won with hours listened to since I audiobooked ALL of his. I just love to listen to his words and the narrators chosen to read them.
I FINISHED THE HARRY POTTER SERIES!!!! Now I finally get all the references…
And how about MOBY DICK? Just how many books do you read that reference Herm’s masterpiece? a LOT. Including The Goldfinch, by the way… This is the book that I was most surprised with. I liked it much more than I ever expected to. It’s really quite a treat to the senses.
I think I read 20 books as part of a readalong and/or book clubs. The Shining was the most fun because of everyone who tweeted and sent gifts. GIFTS!
Again, I did a horrible job tracking debuts but I know I read some astonishingly good ones: The Light Between Oceans, The Orchardist, The Good House, The Song of Achilles.
I read 42 new to me authors. Yikes! The ones I hope to repeat on that list? Beth Howard, Donna Tartt, Kate Atkinson, Maria Semple, and SJ Gilman.
2013 was a great reading year for me – diverse, chunkster-full and classic-surprising. For my next year’s reading goals, I do hope to visit a few more worldly spots and enjoy some more nonfiction. Bring it on.
Thank you for allowing me to share my bookish thoughts with you. I appreciate you!