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Looking Back at My 2009 Reading (Part 2)

>> Tuesday, January 5, 2010

So I’ll finish up this review of 2009 with a few statistics about my reading (just because I’m that kind of dork)

Books Read: 102 (16 of those were audiobooks)
Pages Read: 29,469
Audiobooks: 150 hours of listening

That’s a few more books and a few less pages than last year so I’m pleased with that. I don’t set goals for number of books or pages. My goals are just to read what I enjoy and enjoy what I read. The numbers are just for curiosity’s sake.

Library books: 71 (all my audiobooks are from the library)
Books I own: 31

I love both of my county library systems and feel fortunate to have them and use them extensively. This doesn’t keep me from buying books by any means. I seek out and read very few ARCs so I’m out there supporting my local bookstores all year long.

Series books
57 of the books I read were part of a series (I seem to have a series addiction – there’s a topic for a future post, huh?).

I read at least one book from 44 different series, 12 of those were the first book in a new series for me. Special thanks to Bookfool for getting me started on the Tomorrow series by John Marsden.

Best books of the year? These are the books I rated 5 stars in 2009 and looking back over the year, they're still my Top 9.

In the Woods by Tana French
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Eli the Good by Silas House
Hate List by Jennifer Brown

I heartily recommend all of these. I rarely pick up a book I don't already expect to like, so ratings below 3 are rare, but do happen occasionally. Any of the books I’ve tagged with 4, 4.5 or 5 stars are what I consider better than average so if you search for the categories over there on the right you’ll be able to browse my other highly rated books.


Kay 1/05/2010 11:22 AM  

Suzi, you live in a part of this country that has fabulous libraries. I loved the time we spent living in Oregon.

I had In the Woods and Hate List on my top list as well this year. My book group is reading Cutting for Stone later this spring. Did it read fast? Some members were concerned that it was too long.

Beth F 1/05/2010 1:36 PM  

I love looking at these posts and seeing the things that people track. Great job.

Kailana 1/05/2010 2:31 PM  

Good books on your best of list!

dolcebellezza 1/05/2010 4:41 PM  

You've done a much better job of audio books than I. For some reason, I just haven't used them as much as I could; perhaps because I tend to fall asleep with the soothing voices? So many people have included The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as one of their favorites, including myself. That was a great book!

Vickie 1/05/2010 6:51 PM  

Nice reading for the year...and purdee pie-charts. *grin*

SuziQoregon 1/11/2010 1:40 PM  

Kay: I hear about other folks libraries and the difficulties they have accessing books and it just makes me appreciate what I have here even more. Cutting for Stone is a long one at over 500 pages) but I read it in a week while working full time so it moved along pretty well.

Beth: I know - aren't they fun? I'm adding so many books from everyone's top reads posts it's ridiculous.

Kailana: Thanks - I read a lot of good ones this year, but these were the best of the best.

Bellezza: I only listen to audiobooks when I'm in the car by myself. It means a lot of listening in 10-15 minute increments, but it's so automatic anymore that it's easy to be in book mode when I get in the car.

Vickie: I've never denied that I'm a stats/spreadsheet dork.

Susan 1/13/2010 7:26 AM  

Ooooh ... love the pie charts. What a fun way to post your end-of-the-year statistics.

SuziQoregon 1/19/2010 8:59 PM  

Susan: hee hee - yeah, dorky but fun!

Les 1/20/2010 7:17 PM  

Looks like we have a couple of the same books on our lists (I'm compiling mine tonight!). Great job on your stats. I didn't come anywhere near 100 books this year. Actually, the closest I've ever come to 100 was in 2003 when I read 88. I need to give up my job as a bookseller and go back to being a nanny!

BTW, I love your pie charts. :)

SuziQoregon 1/26/2010 9:05 PM  

Les: LOL - yeah the pie charts apparently have their fans ;-)

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