Friday, January 01, 2010

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 2009, beginning with the standard list of Titles Rated:

Most Memorable {these not necessarily Literary, but they stuck in my head}
Tunnels, by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
The Uncensored Bible, by John Kaltner, Steven L. McKenzie, and Joel Kilpatrick
The Last Synapsid, by Timothy Mason
Girl Sleuth, by Melanie Rehak
Rasskazy (edited by Mikhail Iossel and Jeff Parker)

Just After Sunset, by Stephen King (on CD)
Columbine, by Dave Cullen
People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks
Every Man Dies Alone, by Hans Fallada
The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield (on CD)

Least Memorable {books I remember NOTHING about, based on title alone}
Rules of Thumb, by Tom Parker
I Can't Tell You, by Hillary Frank
Everyman, by Philip Roth (on CD)
Smile When You're Lying, by Chuck Thompson

When Madeline Was Young, by Jane Hamilton (on CD)
Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn
Sisterchicks Do the Hula, by Robin Jones Gunn (on CD)
Ten Days in the Hills, by Jane Smiley (on CD)


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 2009: 85
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 ten years : 988

average read per year, over ten years: 98.8
2008 average read per month: 7.03 (all ten years: 8.23)
2008 average read per week: 1.64 (all ten years: 1.9)

number read in worst month: 4--tied June and August
2008: 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: 12--February
2008: 11--February
2007: 9--March
2006: 11--January
2005: 21--February
2004: 12--June
number of fiction: 55
2008: 65
2007: 53
2006: 56
2005: 74
2004: 61
number of non-fiction: 30
2008: 28
2007: 22
2006: 21
2005: 53
2004: 41
number of books by female authors: 35 (2008: 36 // 2007: 24 // 2006: 24)
number of books by male authors: 60 (2008: 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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