2015 in Book Statistics

I love keeping track of what I’ve read. It gives me a good idea of what I like and where I have room to grow. In the middle of 2015, I decided I wanted to try to have at least 50% of my reading be by writers of color or native authors. I didn’t make it this year (mainly because the first part of 2015 was VERY white), but I’m going to keep this goal in 2016. Interestingly, to me, while only a third of my reading this year was by writers of color, half of my favorite books of 2015 were by writers of color, which shows there are great books out there that I was missing by not having more diversified reading. Here’s to a great reading year.

Five Star Books of 2015:

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahesi Coates
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
The Martian by Andy Weir
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money by Ron Lieber
Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Total Books Read in 2015: 103

Number Read in Best Month: 15 (January)
Number Read in Worst Months: 5 (March, October & November)

Total Books Read in 2014: 63
Total Books Read in 2013: 75
Total Books Read in 2012: 64
Total Books Read in 2011: 130
Total Books Read in 2010: 130
Total Books Read in 2009: 200
Total Books Read in 2008: 80
Total Books Read in 2007: 122
Total Books Read in 2006: 70

Fiction/Non-fiction Split:
2015: 64%/36%
2014: 66%/34%
2013: 60%/40%
2012: 72%/28%
2011: 70%/30%
2010: 68%/32%
2009: 84%/16%
2008: 63%/37%
2007: 50%/50%
2006: 59%/41%

Percentage of Books by Women:
2015: 77%
2014: 83%
2013: 68%
2012: 61%
2011: 59%
2010: 55%
2009: 44%
2008: 68%
2007: 60%
2006: 74%

Percentage of Books by Writers of Color or Native Authors:
2015: 33%

Kindle vs. Print vs. Audiobooks:
2015: 47%/49%/4%
2014: 45%/55%
2013: 53%/47%
2012: 73%/27%

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2015 in Book Statistics

2014 in Book Statistics

Five Star Books of 2014:
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown.
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg.
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler.
Greenglass House by Kate Milford.
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett.

Total Books Read in 2014: 63

Number Read in Best Month: 9 (August)
Number Read in Worst Month: 2 (March)

Total Books Read in 2013: 75
Total Books Read in 2012: 64
Total Books Read in 2011: 130
Total Books Read in 2010: 130
Total Books Read in 2009: 200
Total Books Read in 2008: 80
Total Books Read in 2007: 122
Total Books Read in 2006: 70

Fiction/Non-fiction Split:
2014: 66%/34%
2013: 60%/40%
2012: 72%/28%
2011: 70%/30%
2010: 68%/32%
2009: 84%/16%
2008: 63%/37%
2007: 50%/50%
2006: 59%/41%

Percentage of Books by Women (Overall/Fiction/Non-fiction):
2014: 83%/82%/90%
2013: 68%/69%/67%
2012: 61%/67%/53%
2011: 59%/58%/62%
2010: 55%/54%/59%
2009: 44%/44%/ 42%
2008: 68%/70%/67%
2007: 60%/57%/68%
2006: 74%/88%/55%

Kindle vs. Print Books:
2014: 45%/55%
2013: 53%/47%
2012: 73%/27%

2014 in Book Statistics

2013 in Book Statistics

This post is my yearly indulgence of my nerdy love of both books and statistics. Thanks for humoring me, dear reader.

Total Books Read in 2013: 75

  • Number Read in Best Month: 11 (January)
  • Number Read in Worst Month: 3 (October)

Total Books Read in 2012: 64

Total Books Read in 2011: 130

Total Books Read in 2010: 130

Total Books Read in 2009: 200

Total Books Read in 2008: 80

Total Books Read in 2007: 122

Total Books Read in 2006: 70

Fiction/Non-fiction Split:

2013: 60%/40%

2012: 72%/28%

2011: 70%/30%

2010: 68%/32%

2009: 84%/16%

2008: 63%/37%

2007: 50%/50%

2006: 59%/41%

Percentage of Books by Women (Overall/Fiction/Non-fiction):

2013: 68%/69%/67%

2012: 61%/67%/53%

2011: 59%/58%/62%

2010: 55%/54%/59%

2009: 44%/44%/ 42%

2008: 68%/70%/67%

2007: 60%/57%/68%

2006: 74%/88%/55%

Kindle vs. Print Books:

2013: 53%/47%

2012: 73%/27%

Books by New (To Me) Authors: 60% (This is the first year I’ve looked at this, but I saw it on this blog post, and I got curious about what that number would be for me. I feel like I tend to read the same folks all the time, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was branching out more than expected).

Five Star Books of 2013:

(After I wrote this list, I noticed that fully half of the books are children’s/YA! I really gave myself permission to read what appealed to me this year, instead of what I felt like I *should* read and I think this list reflects that!)

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley.

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.

2013 in Book Statistics

2012 in Book Statistics

Not surprisingly, I read the least number of books in 2012 that I have since I began keeping track. Still, I’m pretty pleased with how much I still managed to read with a little one in tow. I thought if I was lucky, I might make it through a book a week, and I beat that, so YAY for 2012 and for reading!

Total Books Read in 2012: 64

  • Number Read in Best Month: 8 (June)
  • Number Read in Worst Month: 3 (3-way Tie between April, May & July)

Total Books Read in 2011: 130

Total Books Read in 2010: 130

Total Books Read in 2009: 200

Total Books Read in 2008: 80

Total Books Read in 2007: 122

Total Books Read in 2006: 70

Fiction/Non-fiction Split:

2012: 72%/28%

2011: 70%/30%

2010: 68%/32%

2009: 84%/16%

2008: 63%/37%

2007: 50%/50%

2006: 59%/41%

Percentage of Books by Women (Overall/Fiction/Non-fiction):

2012: 61%/67%/53%

2011: 59%/58%/62%

2010: 55%/54%/59%

2009: 44%/44%/ 42%

2008: 68%/70%/67%

2007: 60%/57%/68%

2006: 74%/88%/55%

Kindle vs. Print Books:

2012: 73%/27%

Five Star Books of 2012:

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winters

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

2012 in Book Statistics

2010 in (Book) Statistics

My reading resolution for 2010 was to read more non-fiction, and I think I succeeded. I still read more fiction than non-fiction, but percentage-wise I read twice as much non-fiction this year as last, so that seems like a success. I was supposed to complete the TBR Challenge in 2010, but the year is over and I’ve only read 8 of the 12 books on my list. Oh well. I’m sure I’ll get to the other four someday.

My reading goal for 2011 is to read one book of poetry a month. I never read poetry, but I’m trying to expand my reading horizons. If you have suggestions of poets or anthologies to read, I would be happy to hear them!

Total Books Read in 2010: 130

  • Number Read in Best Month: 18 (August)
  • Number Read in Worst Month: 5 (February)

Total Books Read in 2009: 200

Total Books Read in 2008: 80

Total Books Read in 2007: 122

Total Books Read in 2006: 70

Fiction/Non-fiction Split:

2010: 68%/32%

2009: 84%/16%

2008: 63%/37%

2007: 50%/50%

2006: 59%/41%

Percentage of Books by Women (Overall/Fiction/Non-fiction):

2010: 55%/54%/59%

2009: 44%/44%/ 42%

2008: 68%/70%/67%

2007: 60%/57%/68%

2006: 74%/88%/55%

Five Star Books of 2010:

Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed

Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Talking Hands: What Sign Language Reveals About the Mind by Margalit Fox

44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson

2010 in (Book) Statistics

2009 in (Book) Statistics

I totally blew by my reading goal for 2009, but to be fair over half of these were books written for Children or Teens, many of which were graphic novels (which are generally a quicker read). It’s good to have met this goal at least since I failed in all, but one (paying off the student loan debt) of the others. Maybe I do better without goals.

The high numbers of children’s and teen books skewed my statistics somewhat (never, since I have been keeping track, have a read so little non-fiction, or so many male authors). Usually I vow every year to read more male authors in the year ahead, but I don’t think I’m going to worry about that this year! I do certainly hope that I read more non-fiction next year. I really do enjoy it, even if it takes me longer to get through.

Total Books Read in 2009: 200

  • Number Read in Best Month: 23 (June)
  • Number Read in Worst Month: 6 (January)

Total Books Read in 2008: 80

Total Books Read in 2007: 122

Total Books Read in 2006: 70

Fiction/Non-fiction Split:

2009: 84%/16%

2008: 63%/37%

2007: 50%/50%

2006: 59%/41%

Percentage of Books by Women (Overall/Fiction/Non-fiction):

2009: 44%/44%/ 42%

2008: 68%/70%/67%

2007: 60%/57%/68%

2006: 74%/88%/55%

Five Star Books of 2009:

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering American on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and Nation’s Drive to End Welfare by Jason DeParle
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Bayou, Volume 1 by Jeremy Love
The Color of Earth by Dong Hwa Kim
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Professor’s House by Willa Cather
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

2009 in (Book) Statistics

2008 in Statistics

Total Books Read in 2008: 80

  • Number Read in Best Month:15 (December)
  • Number Read in Worst Month:0 (April – The fire really cut down on my reading for a while.)

Total Books Read in 2007: 122

Total Books Read in 2006: 70

Fiction/Non-fiction Split:

2008: 63%/37%

2007: 50%/50%

2006: 59%/41%

Percentage of Books by Women (Overall/Fiction/Non-fiction):

2008: 68%/70%/67%

2007: 60%/57%/68%

2006: 74%/88%/55%

Five Star Books of 2008:
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Bumperboy & The Loud, Loud Mountain by Debbie Huey
The Oxford Project by Stephen Bloom and Peter Feldstein
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Among Other Things, I’ve Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney

2008 in Statistics