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2009 Reading Summary

At some point (oh, about two or three weeks in), this blog that started out as a purely opinions blog (with a focus on libraries) turned into an about 50% book blog.  This really shouldn’t have surprised me.  I mean a librarian with a blog about opinions is going to *gasp* review books?  Say it ain’t so.

Being the reading freak that I am, I keep track of the books that I read over on LibraryThing.  I just finished a book, and I doubt I’ll finish another one in 2009, so without further ado, here are my reading stats for 2009.

Total Books Read: 52
Average Books Per Month: 4.33
Month Most Read: August with 10 (The only month I didn’t have school? Surprise, surprise).
Month Least Read: January with 1 (I was really sick).
Fiction: 47
Nonfiction: 5
Genres (some books counted as multiple genres):
–Scifi: 12
–Romance: 12 (This really surprised me!)
–Dystopian: 10
–Horror: 8
–YA: 8
–Classics: 5 (Pleasantly surprised by this).
–Historical: 4
–Memoir: 3
–Contemporary: 3
5 Star Reads:
–The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, review
–Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
–The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Honorable Mention with 4.5 Stars:
–Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Read and Reviewed on This Blog: 27

I’m not the type to set goals for myself with reading, since I do it for fun.  However, I will try to work in a few more nonfiction books as I’m a big believer in life-long learning.  I do think this is a bit skewed since a lot of my nonfiction reading is in the form of current scholarly journals as opposed to books.  I also think a book a week is a good pace for reading to still be enjoyable, but also not a neglected hobby.  We’ll see if I naturally speed up or slow down next year.  If you guys have any suggestions as far as specific books or genres for me to try in 2010, I welcome them!

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  1. December 29, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I suspect you read so many romances because they’re easy and you have so much else on your plate! I think with grad school and a full time job, one book a week is great. I’m also aiming to read more non-fiction this coming year since I’m no longer forced to in school, and I like learning.

    • December 29, 2009 at 3:43 pm

      Hehe, good point! I must have been subconsciously picking easy reads.

      What sort of nonfiction do you think you’ll be reading? Sticking with history or going more far out of your zone?

  2. Jessica
    December 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I try to remember to record everything I read in GoodReads–is Librarything similar?

    I don’t know if I can get stats like you have from Goodreads. Hm…

    • December 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

      I’ve never used GoodReads, so I can’t comment on similarity/difference. However, I can tell you about LibraryThing!

      The stats are collected in three ways. One is based on when you enter books, so you would want to have one LibraryThing account for books you’ve read and a separate one for books you own. When you click on statistics, you can see a graph and accompanying stats of when you’ve entered books. This also keeps track of books by male vs. female authors and books by dead vs. alive authors.

      You can also establish “collections” that automatically sort your books out. I use own, borrowed, library, read 2008, and read 2009. You can add or edit collections whenever you want.

      Finally, you can also tag your books then later click on that tag to display only books in that collection that have that tag. That’s how I got the majority of my stats, because I tag based on fiction/nonfiction then genre then random shit I want to remember about the book (like time-travel or what-not).

      So there is a bit of work of counting involved in collecting stats, but I find LibraryThing very usable overall. Let me know if you have any more questions!

  3. December 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    52 books thats impressive…but then again I don’t keep a record of what I’ve read on anything, may be something to consider for 2010.
    I loved Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams always has me laughing out loud, usually best for me not to his books in public 🙂

    • December 30, 2009 at 1:11 pm

      Girl, you have a book blog! You absolutely should keep track of how many books you read in a year. 🙂

      Confession, whilst reading Restaurant on the bus, a bus full of entirely black dudes and me, I couldn’t help loling repeatedly and this older guy totally shot me a “white girl, what you loling at?!” look. It was awesome.

      • December 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm

        I also just realized that you’re in my reader but not in my book blog link list here. So sorry! Fixing it now!

  4. January 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    A–

    Just read this after being out of the loop during the holidays. I think it’s funny that we structured our posts in such a similar way! Your reading goals for next (this, I guess) year have also inspired me to add poetry to my to-read list. Since I order for that section at my library, hopefully it won’t be too hard to find something palatable–and I’ll let you know if I do.

    PS I love statistics. Thanks for sharing yours.

    • January 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm

      I was glad to get to see your stats too! I guess great librarian minds think alike, eh?

      Definitely let me know if you stumble upon any good poetry books. I trust your recs 🙂

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