Well, it seems to be the thing to do...post the statistics for a year's worth of reading. This is the first year that I have even attempted to keep any records of my reading, and I must say that I rather enjoy looking at my progress. I think it is wonderful that I now have a record of not only the books I have read, but my initial reactions. This will be invaluable as I attempt to look back at my literary life (my memory is already starting to fade --- I simply cannot imagine what it will be like in 20 years).
While my stats are not at all impressive - especially compared to several veteran book bloggers - I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they have greatly improved over previous years due to this marvelous book blog community. Not only did I come in contact with more titles and authors that I knew I "had" to read, but I was actually motivated to go out and read them --- with the help of the 24 hour Read-athon, book challenges, and encouraging readers. Starting this blog was definitely a highlight of the year.
I obviously need to do a better job of keeping statistical records. I was lucky to remember to write down the title and the author, but at least I have a start, and I know how to improve in 2010.
Number of books read: 72 + 3 audio
Number of pages read: approx. 21,300 (+ 25 audio CDs)
This does not include books read and re-read for the classes that I teach.
Number of book reviews written: 51
Number of library books read: 42
Number of personal books read: 33
Number of books read from those purchased prior to 2009: 6
This number is bound to improve in 2010 since I purchased many more books this year than I ever have in the past. I will make it a priority to read some of those that have been patiently waiting on the shelves.
Number of fictional titles read: 57
Number of non-fiction titles read: 17 (mostly books on writing or memoirs)
Number of manga: 1
Number of books purchased: 149 (thanks to all of your tempting suggestions!!!)
Total money spent on purchased books: $360
However, if you "dollar cost average" --- that is only $2.41 per book. The vast majority of my books are purchased in the clearance section of the used bookstore, and I have also taken books in to recycle -- which gave me store credit.
Number of books won through blogger contests: 18
I hesitated to enter contests when I first started blogging, but then I realized I had nothing to lose. I am so excited to have added these wonderful books to my shelves because of your generosity. THANK YOU!
Number of books received from author: 4
Number of ARCs received: 8
I have learned that I just do not have the time to really review ARCs as I had hoped. Perhaps when I retire this will be a viable option for me.
Number of challenges joined: 12
Number of challenges completed: 5
Number of challenges failed completely (did not read a single book): 3
I have tried to do a better job of signing up for challenges that I truly think I can complete in 2010. The ones that I totally failed, I WILL complete at some point (Everything Jane Austen, Harry Potter, and Women Writers of 18th and 19th Century), but this phase of my life is just not the right time.
Value of first blogging year: Priceless!!