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Reading Stats: 2013

Somehow I’m still surprised that it’s 2014, and already the second week!  This has been quite a year… pretty great, for the most part, with lots of travel and settling into a work and home routine.  The last few months were awful dealing with health stuff at home, especially because we had been humming along so nicely before it all went downhill.  But things have quieted down again, and I’m hopeful that 2014 will bring lots of good changes!

Once again, it’s time to reflect on the books I’ve read during the year of 2013.  This is always my favorite post to write, whether or not anyone else actually cares 🙂

As you know, I love my stats!  And now that this is my fourth year to analyze my reading log, I can compare the data from previous years.  I hope this is as fun for you as it is for me!

Some stats I have gleaned from another year’s worth of reading:

Data 2010 2011 2012 2013
(Finished) Books Read 94 61 61 67
Unfinished Books 4 4 2 6
(3 Abandoned, 3 Still Reading)
(Finished) Chapter Books 80 61 56 61
Picture Books 14 0 (Didn’t count picture books this year) 5 6
(Finished) Audio Books 16 4 1 1
(Finished) Kindle Books 21 15 39 42
Longest Book to Read (not including Audio books) Five Sisters,
by James Fox
7/7/10 – 10/23/10 = 108 days
Who’s Your City?, by Richard Florida
1/3/11 – 4/17/11 = 104 days
The Paper Garden, by Molly Peacock
7/14/12 – 9/3/12 = 51 days
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir),
by Jenny Lawson7/17/13 – 12/29/13 = 165 days
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,
by 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


(1) The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber(2) The Diamond in the Window, by Jane Langton

(3) The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery

(4) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

(5) The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff

(6) Two-Part Invention, by Madeleine L’Engle

(7) Operating Instructions: A Journal of my Son’s First Year, by Anne Lamott

(8) Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card


(1) The Princess and the Goblin,
by George MacDonald(2) The Fault in Our Stars,
by John Green

(3) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society,
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

(4) The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier,
by Ree Drummond

(5) Among Others,
by Jo Walton

(6) The Magician King,
by Lev Grossman

(7) Old Souls,
by Tom Schroder

(8) Wool,
by Hugh Howey

(9) The Unraveling: Wool Part 4,
by Hugh Howey

(10) The Stranding: Wool Part 5,
by Hugh Howey

(11) Rilla of Ingleside,
by L.M. Montgomery

(12) Mothership,
by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

(13) Looking for Alaska,
by John Green

(14) Will Grayson, Will Grayson,
by John Green

(15) Gone Girl,
by Gillian Flynn

(16) Paper Towns,
by John Green

(17) Beauty Queens,
by Libba Bray

(18) The Pursuit of Happiness,
by Tara Altebrando

(19) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks,
by E. Lockhart

(1) Young House Love: 243 Way to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love,
by Sherry and John Petersik(2)The Baby Name Wizard,
by Laura Wattenberg

(3)  Dear Daddy Long Legs,
by Jean Webster

(4) The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week,
by Summer Pierre

(5)  The Silver Linings Playbook,
by Matthew Quick

(6)  The Paris Wife,
by Paula McLain

(7) Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar,
by Cheryl Strayed

(8) Little Miss Austen: Pride and Prejudice, a Counting Primer,
by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver

(10) Eleanor and Park,
by Rainbow Rowell

(11) September Girls,
by Bennett Madison

(12)  Lonesome Dove,
by Larry McMurtry

(13) The Book of Lost Things,
by John Connolly

(14)  Fangirl,
by Rainbow Rowell

(15)  A Ring of Endless Light,
by Madeleine L’Engle

(16) Bossypants,
by Tina Fey

(17) Winter Lights: A Season in Poems and Quilts,
by Anna Grossnickle Hines

(18) Dream Animals: A Bedtime Story,
by Emily Winfield Martin

Books with a C or below Rating (1) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ,
by Junot Diaz
(Grade = C)(2) Girls in Trucks, by Katie Crouch (Grade = C)
(1) Confessions of a Book Seller,
by Robin Soma-Dudley
(Grade = C-)(2) More Confessions of a Book Seller,
by Robin Soma-Dudley
(Grade = C+)
(1) The Girls from Ames,
by Jeffrey Zazslow
(Grade = C+)(2) Pope Joan,
by Donna Woolfolk Cross
(Grade = C+)

(3) A Live Coal in the Sea,
by Madeleine L’Engle
(Grade = C-)

(4) Fifty Shades of Grey,
by E.L. James
(Grade = C+)

(5) Where We Belong,
by Emily Giffen
(Grade = C-)

(6) Definitely Not Mr. Darcy.
by Karen Doornebos
(Grade = C+)

(7) The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle book #3),
by Libba Bray
(Grade = C-)

(1) Cat Cam: The World of Cooper  the Photographer Cat,
by Michael and Deirdre Cross
(Grade = C+)(2) On Being an Angry Mom,
by Kim Foster
(Grade = C+)

(3) Apron Anxiety: My Messy Affairs In and Out of the Kitchen,
by Alyssa Shelasky
(Grade = C)

(4) Divergent,
by Veronica Roth
(Grade = C+)

(5)  The Summer Girls,
by Mary Alice Monroe
(Grade = C-)

(6) A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself,
by Elsie Larsen and Emma Chapman
(Grade = C)

Books that were Re-Read 20 6 4 3

I read slightly more books than last year, but not quite as much as 2010 when I was working as a school librarian.  Just about exactly the same amount of A+ and under C books as last year.  I’m also reading more Kindle books than ever – they are just so convenient for the bus ride commute!  Which is also why I’m not listening to audio books as much, since they were for the car ride commute!

Whew, That was fun!

I’m happy that, as 2014 begins, I’m surrounded by books and a healthy To-Read list!

What was your favorite book you read in 2013? I’m always looking for more recommendations!

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