I started keeping track of my reading when I turned 30 just so I could answer the question, "How many books do you read in a year?" On Nov. 4th I turned 33 and I can now say that I read/listen to just over 100 books each year.
My blogiversary is still a few months off but since I track my reading from birthday to birthday it's time to recap my reading year. Tomorrow I'll share with you the best books I read this past year but today it's all about the stats.
Before I begin though ...
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And now for the stats ...
I wanted to beat my totals for last year (104 books read and/or listened to) and I most certainly did that. With 63 paper books and 54 audiobooks in the mix, I reached 117 total books this year!
*** Books - 63 (20,312 pages) ***
Based on those numbers, I read 5.25 books each month with an average of 322 pages each. That turns into about 1,691 pages per month, or about 56 pages a day.
That is a bit less than last year, but my totals in the audiobook category make up for it ...
*** Audiobooks - 54 (533.22 hours) ***
That is just over 22 days of audiobook hours. According to my numbers, the average audio was about 10 hours long and I listened to about 4.5 books each month (about 90 minutes each day). That is significantly higher than last year, and I know it has a lot to do with having the ability to play audibooks on my phone now - I LOVE that!
*** Mom & Son Book Club - 7 ***
Kiddo and I reviewed seven books together this year but he read a lot on his own too. We also listened to several audiobooks that I reviewed myself.
*** DNF (Did Not Finish) - 7 ***
I gave up on 7 books this year. Reasons for not finishing include: I wasn't in the right mood, it started out boring, I still couldn't get into it after reading half the book, and thinking I'd chosen a completely different book. This is almost half of my total for last year, which means I must be getting better at choosing the right books for me!
*** New TBR (To Be Read) Titles - 75 ***
And I've actually read or listened to quite a few from that list of 75!
*** Kiddo's TBR titles - 9 ***
Kiddo has read all or part of at least three of those books this year.
*** Events ***
- I participated in 3 read-a-longs this year and enjoyed them all to various degrees. I also hosted 4 read-a-longs, for The Sparrow, The Color Purple, Children of God, Dueling Monsters: Round 2 (Jekyll/Hyde vs. Dorian Gray),
- Book Blogger Appreciation Week was exhausting but wonderful, as always.
- Being interviewed for Blog Talk Radio's That's How I Blog! show was a lot of fun, even though I tended to ramble a bit ...
- The CityLit Festival in Baltimore was a nice afternoon out, even though there weren't any authors there that I was passionate about.
- Laurie R. King, author of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes books, came to a local library and I got to meet her.
- I ventured to New York City for Book Expo American and The Book Blogger Convention (I was a panel moderator at the 2nd event) - the entire extended weekend was so much fun!
- This is the 2nd year I was able to organize panels at the Baltimore Book Festival; thanks to everyone who came out!
*** Other Stats/Facts ***
Other interesting tidbits from this past year:
- I started working to get the MD/DC/VA and Local Area bloggers connected via a database. We're up to around 40 people so far - woohoo!
- Google Reader Sharing - are you doing it? If not, read this post and see what you're missing!
- I also shared my rather complicated way of tracking what I plan to read over the next year.
- This was a crazy year for Kiddo as well, what with getting used to his feeding tube and all. But he's kept a good attitude about things (for the most part) and is getting better and better at ice hockey.
That's all for now ... but I'll be back to share my favorite books from this past year soon!