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2010 Reading Summary

Given that tomorrow is the last day of the 2010, and I’m fairly certain I won’t be finishing any more books by then; it’s time for the annual books read over the course of the year post!

Last year, I read a grand total of 52 books.  This year?  Oh, that number went up.  🙂

Total Books Read: 70
Average Books Per Month: 5.833
Month Most Read: April with 10 (I….have no idea why?  I think that may have been the month I discovered the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, actually. That would explain it).
Month Least Read: Tie between February and September with 3 each.  (Those were both heavy grad school months.  That explains that).
Fiction: 63
Nonfiction: 7
Formats:
–traditional print: 44
–eBook: 12
–graphic novel: 8
–audiobook: 6
Genres (some books count in multiple genres):
–scifi:19 (The winner for the second year running!)
–humorous: 14
–contemporary: 13 (This was out of left field. I blame Scott Pilgrim. Again).
–dystopian: 10
–YA: 10
–horror: 9 (I read far less horror than I thought I did).
–paranormal: 9
–romance: 9
–classic: 7
–historic: 7
–memoir: 5
–realistic: 4
–fantasy: 3
–mystery: 3
–poetry: 1
–thriller: 1
Vampires vs. Zombies vs. Aliens vs. Demons:
–aliens: 8 (Pretty surprised by this, but I guess I shouldn’t be given the scifi count).
–vampires: 7
–demons: 5
–zombies: 2 (Saddened by this. Need. More. Zombies!)
5 Star Reads (15 of them!):
Alien Tango by Gini Koch, review
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, review
Battle Royale Ultimate Edition Volume 1 by Koushun Takami, review
The Buddha and The Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, and Online Dating by Kiera Van Gelder, review
Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons, review
The Dark Tower by Stephen King, review
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, review
House of Stairs by William Sleator, review
I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells, review
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue, review
Scott Pilgrim Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour by Bryan Lee O’Malley, review
A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox, review
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, review
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy, review
The World Inside by Robert Silverberg, review
Read and Reviewed on This Blog: 69

Overall, this was definitely a much stronger reading and blogging year!  My total books read went up by 18 books.  That’s pretty drastic!  I’ve also broadened what types of formats I read in.  I started out the year trying audiobooks, but switched half-way through the year to eBooks.  At the beginning of the year, I didn’t like eBooks, but I have to say I enjoy them now.  I especially enjoy them for those books you know you’ll only read once for fun.  It’s kind of like paying for a movie ticket.  I do wish I’d hit at least 10 graphic novels.  I’ll have to work on that next year!  I enjoy the format, but they’re expensive.  Since my local branch of the public library has reopened, I may take advantage of it for those.  I also really need to read more zombie books since I enjoy the movies so much.  Overall, though, I’m really happy!  My reading amount has increased, and it’s also become more varied.  Stay tuned for my reading goals for 2011 post!  Any suggestions for my 2011 reading?

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  1. December 30, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Cool breakdown. Now that you’re done with grad school 2011’s numbers should skyrocket!

    • jpetroroy
      December 30, 2010 at 11:32 am

      They sure did for me 🙂

      • December 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

        Yes they did! And I fully expect them to do so for me as well. 🙂

  2. December 30, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I love stats!

  3. December 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Congratulations on such a fantastic year! Here’s to an even better 2011 🙂 I suggest more zombies since you seem to want them!

    • December 31, 2010 at 10:26 am

      Thanks, Amy! Lol, and thanks for encouraging my zombie addiction. 🙂

  4. December 30, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Like seeing your numbers! This was the first year I read graphic novels- only two but now I want to find more!

    • December 31, 2010 at 10:27 am

      Thanks! It was my first year reading graphic novels too. I can’t believe I waited for so long!

  5. December 31, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Well done 70 books is a great amount to have read, I managed 48…was sooo hoping to round it off to 50 lol!

    • December 31, 2010 at 10:26 am

      Hehe, I know what you mean! I was hoping to get to 75, but it just wasn’t to be….

      Will you be doing a stats post? I’m curious to see more about your 48.

      • January 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

        Nothing quite as fancy as yours, but yes planning to sum up 2010 reading with a meme next Sunday.

  6. January 3, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Ender’s Game is such a fantastic book, and you have to read Speaker for the Dead. Ender was written after he wrote Speaker because he realized he had a story there to tell to set up Speaker. It is a fantastic book and well worth taking the time to read.

    • January 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

      I did not know that! Now I’m far more inclined to continue reading the series. I was going to, but I heard Speaker isn’t nearly as good and can kind of ruin the story for you? Not sure. Hrm.

      • January 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

        Ender vs. Speaker seems to be pretty evenly divided. I LOVED Ender, and thought Speaker was even better. It certainly doesn’t ruin the story. It has its dark moments but is ultimately a very powerful story and it does continue the story that was told at the end. I certainly would recommend reading it.

      • January 6, 2011 at 9:37 am

        Hm, well now I *have* to read it just to see which side of the fence I land on! Thanks for the info, Carl.

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