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2014 Reading Stats!

January 3, 2015 5 comments

Every year, I wrap up the old year and start the new one here on the blog with a look back at my reading stats.  You can see my stats for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 by clicking on the years.

Total books read: 66
Average books read per month: 5.5
Month most read: September with 9
Month least read: Tie between August, June, and April with 4 each
Longest book read: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King with 531 pages

Fiction: 57 (86%)
Nonfiction: 9 (14%) (I read slightly less nonfiction this year.)

Series: 32 (48%)
Standalone: 34 (52%) (This was an exact flip-flop from last year.)

Formats:
–traditional print:  17 (26%) (Most of these were Bottom of the TBR Pile books.)
–ebook: 34 (52%) (This went up again.)
–graphic novel: 0 (0%) (I really need to read the 3 graphic novels I have sitting on my shelf.)
–audiobook: 15 (22%)

Genres:
–Fantasy: 23 (I was shocked by this win after 5 years in a row of scifi winning.  I can only say that urban fantasy and non-medieval fantasy works for me, and I’m glad I’ve found the type of fantasy that does.)
–Scifi: 22 (A close second!)
–Indie: 14
–Horror: 12
–GLBTQ: 10
–Urban fantasy: 8
–Dystopian: 7
–Historic fiction: 6
–Mystery: 6
–Time travel: 5
–Contemporary fiction: 4
–Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge: 4
–Nonfiction history: 4
–Postapocalyptic: 4
–Thriller: 4
–YA: 4
–Nonfiction lifestyle: 3
–Romance: 3
–Nonfiction diet: 2
–Nonfiction fitness: 2
–Nonfiction food: 2
–Nonfiction psych: 2
–Transhumanism: 2
–American classics: 1
–Chinese lit: 1
–Cyberpunk: 1
–Middle grade: 1
–Nonfiction memoir: 1
–Nonfiction relationships: 1
–Paranormal romance: 1
–Short story collection: 1

Aliens vs. Demons vs. Vampires vs. Zombies
–demons: 8 (A tie between demons and aliens! Not really a surprise given that fantasy and scifi were numbers one and two in the genres I read.)
–aliens: 8
–vampires: 5
–zombies: 2

Number of stars:
–5 star reads: 6 (9%)
–4 star reads: 28 (42%)
–3 star reads: 23 (35%)
–2 star reads: 9 (14%)
–1 star reads: 0 (0%)

Glancing at my stats, I am happy to say I succeeded at my goal of getting to at least the lowest level of my Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge. I read four books for the challenge, which puts me at the Acquainted level.  I am sorry to say that I totally failed to read a graphic novel again this year, which I find baffling since I have three of them on my bookshelf at the moment.

I am sad to see so few 5 star reads this year. They went down by 8%.  Thankfully, my one star reads didn’t increase at all, but my 2 star reads went up by 9%.  Looking at it, I can see that most of my 2 star reads were either ARCs or Bottom of the TBR Pile reads that disappointed me.  I was working quite hard on getting through both of those piles, and while it’s sad to me that a number disappointed me, I’m still glad I got the piles smaller.  By the middle of last year I had set up a cycle of reading one ARC, one Bottom of TBR Pile Book, then one book just for fun.  I plan to continue this cycle, as I really need to get through my piles.  My piles are smaller each year, thanks to purchasing and requesting fewer books, and I’m hopeful that by next year I will be back to mostly reading just for fun.

As for the genres, I’m glad I still had a wide variety, although I would like to see my nonfiction reads increase to 12 (one per month).  Maybe I should enter nonfiction into the official rotation.  😉

Other than my reading cycle, I have a couple areas of interest I would like to read more on.  I’m going to keep these areas a secret for now so you can be surprised by the new genres and information working their way in.  Suffice to say, it might have something to do with history and science.

Happy 2015 everyone!  I hope you have found fun reading goals for yourself.  Remember it doesn’t matter how much or what you read, just that you do!

10 Non-book Gifts for Book Lovers

November 13, 2014 8 comments

With the holiday season almost upon us, I thought it might be fun to put together some helpful gift idea lists for you all.  First up is 10 Non-book Gifts for Book Lovers.

Maybe you have a reader in your life, but you’ve already picked out a couple of books for them and now are stumped.  Or maybe you just want a stocking stuffer, and your reader loves chunksters that don’t exactly fit in a stocking.  Or maybe your reader loves ebooks, and you want something physical to wrap along with a note about the impending ebooks they’re about to get.  If any of these are you, read on for some gift ideas, in no particular order!

six reading themed magnetsBook Lover Magnets
($5.67 plus shipping)
The perfect decoration for an office, dorm, or kitchen.  And maybe the recipient will even hang up the holiday card from you with one.  This shop also offers a cute bookworm magnet set, for the kawaii readers among your loved ones.

book page iphone casePassage From a Book Phone Case
($19 to $27, depending on type of phone, plus shipping)
The case in the picture features a passage from Frankenstein with the quote “Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful” highlighted.  Empowering and literary!  If Frankenstein isn’t your recipient’s style, there are many other classics to pick from, including Jane Eyre, Little Women, Dracula, and many more.

book locket made out of little womenMini Book Locket
($20.19 plus shipping)
Maybe your book lover also loves jewelery.  This mini replica of a book that doubles as a locket necklace is an adorable piece that will surely brighten up their day.  Other books are also available, including Les Miserables, Harry Potter, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

book quote pillow coversBook Quote Throw Pillow Cover
($16.99 plus shipping)
Give your book lover a book quote themed cover for their favorite snuggly throw pillow.  They’ll think of you every time they curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.  This cover’s quote is from Louisa May Alcott, “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” Other literary quotes are available too, however.

Handcrafted statue of JavertHandcrafted Literary Figurine
($48 plus shipping)
If you know a few of your book lover’s favorite books, you could get a handmade figurine of one of the characters.  This is Inspector Javert from Les Miserables.  Isn’t the detailing on him amazing?  This shop has many literary characters available, all in exquisite detail, and at a very reasonable price considering all that work!

Image of a clutchAuthor Names Clutch
($26.99 plus shipping)
For the more femme book lovers on your list, this clutch could be ideal.  It features over 200 author’s names in a beautiful font.  The shop also has clutches for all four Harry Potter houses, as well as clutches themed around individual works of literature.

image of a soy candleBook Themed Candle
($15 plus shipping)
A slightly tongue-in-cheek gift that is sure to make a candle-loving reader smile.  This candle is made of eco-friendly soy and is designed to smell like a bookstore, mixing the scents of timber, driftwood, hazelnut cappuccino, and leather.  Other bookish scents can be found, such as “old book smell” or scents based on literature, such as what the butterbeer from Harry Potter or Sherlock’s study might smell like.

fingerless glovesBook Excerpt Fingerless Gloves
($26.00 plus shipping)
If your reader is from a cold climate and works on computers a lot, some literary-themed fingerless gloves might be just the ticket.  They feature excerpts from well-loved classics, such as Sherlock Holmes, Picture of Dorian Gray, or Wuthering Heights.

image of a blue tshirtEntire Text of a Book Artistic Tshirt
($34.00 plus shipping)
If you know one of your recipient’s favorite books, you could get one of these awesome tshirts featuring the entire text of a book worked into an image that represents the book.  The one in the image above is The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe but many many more are available, and there are many color options as well.

go awayReading Themed Mug
($13 plus shipping)
No reader likes to be bothered when they’re reading.  Many readers sip a hot drink while they’re reading.  This mug both tells folks to leave them alone and gives them a mug to sip from.  It’s the ideal reading accessory.

 

Friday Fun! (Post Grad School)

March 4, 2011 2 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  I hope your weeks have been lovely with lots of time for reading crammed in.  My week has been decidedly uneventful, which I am totally ok with after the insane eventfulness of the last 6 months or so.  I’m settled into a post-grad school routine of work, friends, gym, cooking, professional job hunting, etc…  It’s great to actually have the time to see my friends more often now than when I was in school.  We’re managing to find fun ways to occupy our time in spite of the bitter cold, whether that’s Asian fusion food or hockey games.  (Go BC kick UNH’s ASS).  In fact, I’m so busy doing fun things that by the time I get home at night, I generally grab a quick snack or dinner then climb into bed to read and fall asleep doing so.  I woke up with my glasses still on this morning.  Luckily I was reading on my ipod so it turned itself off at some point in the night so no electricity was wasted.  This does mean that I’m watching far fewer movies, except for when I have friends over to get drunk and watch trashy old horror movies together.  😉  Of course there are the normal post-grad school money worries and the stress of trying to fit everything in to your work week, not to mention actually making the time to wash your laundry so you have clean clothes to wear, but overall, life is good.  *looks around*  *knocks on wood*

Oh!  I also got an xbox 360 and played a Kinect game for the first time and dudes.  It is so fucking cool.  The future of gaming if I do say so myself.  Playing a game with your body and no controls?  It’s like something out of a fucking scifi movie.  The only annoying part is having to move my furniture every time I play.

There’s really not too much else to say right now.  I’m striving for various goals, but I plan on only updating ya’ll on them once I’ve achieved them.  I prefer not to jinx myself.  😉  In the meantime, I hope to keep encouraging everyone’s love of reading and story-telling.  Happy weekends!