Thursday, January 01, 2009

Reading Statistics

This is the annual post that proves I am a geek about numbers as well as books. As in the past, I've compiled a list of books I read in 2008, beginning with the standard list of Titles Rated:

Most Memorable {these not necessarily Literary, but they stuck in my head}

  • The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella(on CD)
  • Banishing Verona, by Margot Livesey
  • Ridiculous/Hilarious/Terrible/Cool, by Elisha Cooper
  • Ruby's Imagine, by Kim Antieau
  • Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (on CD)
  • American Band, by Kristen Laine
  • Into the Forest, by Jean Hegland
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer (on CD)
  • Blue Pills, by Frederik Peeters
  • Dakota, by Martha Grimes
  • John, by Niall Williams
  • Ruby's Imagine, by Kim Antieau
  • The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon (on CD)
Least Memorable {books I remember NOTHING about, based on title alone}
  • Probable Cause, by Theresa Schwegel
  • Simple Justice, by John M. Wilson
  • Not Quite What I Was Planning (ed. Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith)
  • Wolf, No Wolf, by Peter Bowen
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by David Selznick
  • Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (on CD)
  • Air Mail, by Terry Ravenscroft
  • Tweak, by Nic Sheff

Keeping in mind that, as usual, I did not cull the books I did not finish, here's the geeky number bit:

number of books read in 2008: 93
number of books read in 2007: 75
number of books read in 2006: 77
number of books read in 2005: 127
number of books read in 2004: 102
number of books read in 2003: 100
number of books read in 2002: 118
number of books read in 2001: 83
number of books read in 2000: 128
TOTAL over nine years : 903

average read per year, over nine years: 100.33
2008 average read per month: 7.75 (all nine years: 8.36)
2008 average read per week: 1.79 (all nine years: 1.93)

number read in worst month: 4--June
2007: 3--November
2006: 4--tied April, May, June and August
2005: 5--January and June
2004: 0--July
number read in best month: 11--February
2007: 9--March
2006: 11--January
2005: 21--February
2004: 12--June
number of fiction: 65
2007: 53
2006: 56
2005: 74
2004: 61
number of non-fiction: 28
2007: 22
2006: 21
2005: 53
2004: 41
number of books by female authors: 36 (2007: 24; 2006: 24)
number of books by male authors: 58 (2007: 40; 2006: 33)
[discrepancies in totals are due to individual books by multiple authors and edited books which are not counted]

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