2014: The Year in Numbers (1)

Drita, My HomegirlThe first book I read in 2014 was Drita, My Homegirl. The last book I read in 2014 was Tiger in My Soup.

Total, I read 100 books this year. That’s a good number for me, a goal I’m going to keep in 2015. According to Goodreads, this was 23,972 pages worth of reading.

(I didn’t count every book I read, especially picture books I read to my students. The actual number would be much higher if I did that. I’ve only included picture books that really stood out to me for some reason.)

Of those 100, 92 were new-to-me; 8 were rereads. (The books I reread were: The Little PrinceHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneHarry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsThe Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeNo Plot? No Problem!Surviving the ApplewhitesSo Yesterday, and The Hunger Games.)

Ratings

I gave an average of 3 stars, which makes sense, as three is, you know, about average. I gave eleven books 5 stars; 8 books got only 1 star. (I would have given more 1-star reviews, but I’m usually not the kind of person who finishes books I don’t like.)

The books that only got 1 star were: How to Be a GentlemanThe Princess DiariesDivergentI am JPilot and HuxleyInk, The Desire Map, and Poisoned Apples. In particular, Divergent and Ink stand out in my memory as hate-reads; I am J and Poisoned Apples were just disappointments. The others were usually a case of “oops, I only have this book with me right now,” so I ended up finishing them anyway.

The Magician's BookThe books that earned 5 stars were: The Three PigsHarriet the Spy, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneAkata WitchDoll BonesBoxersSaintsAfterworlds, and, of course, this was the year of The Magician’s Book

Genres

My most read genre was fantasy (29), followed by nonfiction (23). Fantasy doubled over with other genres, notably most of my historical fiction reads. I’m not surprised that fantasy won the day; fantasy has always been my favorite genre. However, before this year, I never read nonfiction for fun, and now it’s overtaken all other genres for second place!

Of the fantasy books I read, 5 were what I would call “secret world” fantasies (think the Wizarding World, hidden from us Muggles); nine were magical realism (which I’ve stuck under “fantasy” for ease of sorting, sorry); 2 were paranormal (ghosts, vampires, whatever); five were “secondary worlds” (e.g., one of them is The Silmarillion); and the rest were a hodgepodge.

Of the sci-fi I read (3), they were all dystopias.

A Christmas CarolThis was the year I discovered nonfiction, so I read all over the place, trying to find my “niche” in the nonfiction section. I read: 2 biographies, 5 cultural histories, 1 etiquette book, 1 book about feminism, 3 how-to books, 6 books about books (books about reading or writing), 1 self-help, 2 popular science, and 2 professional development books. (Phew!) The cultural histories were definitely my favorite, and now that I know that, I’ll start seeking out more of those things.

Format

41 of the books I read this year were borrowed from the elementary library where I work; 12 were borrowed from the secondary library. 1 was from Project Gutenberg, 1 was from LibriVox. I won 1 ARC in a raffle. (Assume I own everything else, but mostly in ebook format.)

I listened to 3 audiobooks. 56 of the books I read were in print; the remaining 41 were ebooks, read in the Nook app on my iPhone. (I don’t own a dedicated ereader.)

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2 thoughts on “2014: The Year in Numbers (1)

    • Thank you!

      I like crunching numbers, and I’m interested in seeing the results and what I can learn about my own reading. There are a lot of gaps I might have missed otherwise.

      I’m not sure about anyone else, but I always read lots of fantasy. It’s always been my favorite genre.

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