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Reading Stats for 2010

The end of a year always puts me in a mind to reflect… I started to write a month-by-month summary of my 2010, but then it I realized it had just become a litany of health complaints for each month.  It was just too depressing and self-pitying.  2010 has been a sad year not just for myself, but for my family as well.  Honestly, I am thankful to shut the door on 2010 and welcome 2011.  I don’t expect the upcoming year to be easy, what with Sam graduating and job hunting and our likely move to who-knows-where, but I do hope it’s much more boring on the health-front for everyone in my family.

So, reflection on the emotions and events of 2010 didn’t lead in a good direction.  My next inclination for reflection, of course, is reading.  No matter what was happening in my life, reading was a constant this year.  Some years I have let reading go by the wayside, but whenever I pick up a book again I am reminded of how much better it makes me feel.  So, I decided to put some time into analyzing my Reading Log for the year 2010.  Once I started looking for interesting facts… number of books read, number of audio books listened to, book that took the longest to read… I started to think of more facts to find, such as which books I graded with an A+ or below a C (actually, C was the lowest grade I gave any book… maybe I should be more harsh?  Or maybe the books I pick are naturally interesting to me, so I’m inclined to like them?), and once I had that list I noticed a lot of old favorites, so then I looked for books that I read this year that I’ve read before (i.e.: the Harry Potter series I read again this summer, and the Anne books I re-read through audio books, Kindle, and my old paperbacks)… so basically, I had a lot of fun reflecting on my reading for the year 2010.  Much better than ruminating on the whys and hows of cancer, I must say.

I won’t bother to copy and paste the whole log for 2010… too overwhelming, even for me!  But here are some stats I have gleaned from a year’s worth of reading:

~Total Number of (Finished) Books Read: 94

~Total Number of Unfinished Books:4 (2 still reading)

~Total Number of (Finished) Chapter books: 80

~Number of Picture books: 14

~Number of (Finished) Audio Books: 16

~Number of (Finished) Kindle Books: 21

~Longest Book to Read (not including Audio Books): Five Sisters, by James Fox 7/7/10 – 10/23/10 = 108 days

~Number of Books Read in a Day or Less (not including Picture Books): 13

~Books with A+ Rating (in chronological order):

(1) Anne of Avolea, by L.M. Montgomery

(2) The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss

(3) The Help, by Katheryn Stockett

(4) The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, edited by David Shappard

(5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

(6) Home Game, by Michael Lewis

(7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

(8) The Guinea Pig Diaries, by A.J. Jacobs

(9) Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Remen

(10) The Know-It-All, by A.J. Jacobs

(11) Dear Enemy, by Jean Webster

(12) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson

(13) Talkin’ About Bessie, by Nikki Grimes

(14) Magic Island, by Elizabeth Waterston

(15) A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote

(16) The Annotated Persuasion, edited by David Shappard

(17) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson

~Books C or below:

(1) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Grade = C)

(2) Girls in Trucks, by Katie Crouch (Grade = C)

~Number of Books that were Re-reads: 20

Whew, That was fun!

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