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2014 Reading Stats

Another year of reading has come and gone… and now we’re a week into January already. This is always my favorite post to write at the beginning of a new year! Now that I’ve been keeping a reading log for the past few years, it’s fun to compare this year’s reading habits to previous years too (look here for stats from 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013).  This year I’m changing it up a tiny bit… now there are graphs!

Exciting, I know.

Recap: In 2014, I moved across the country, started a new job, enjoyed stable health, and had plenty of time to read… I’d say it was a successful year!

The Amateur Librarian // 2014 Reading Stats

 

So here are some stats I have gleaned from another year’s worth of reading (super simple graphs via Google… maybe by next year I’ll figure out how to make them cute):

How many books did I read? 

The Amateur Librarian // 2014 Reading Stats

How many books did I put down?  (Both abandoned and/or still reading are included)

The Amateur Librarian // 2014 Reading Stats

What genres did I read in 2014? 

The Amateur Librarian // 2014 Reading Stats

What kinds of book formats did I read in 2014?

The Amateur Librarian // 2014 Reading Stats

What books did I give an A+ Rating? (in chronological order, and you can find links to each review on my Reading Log page)

Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire book #2) by George R.R. Martin

Sloppy Firsts, by Megan McCafferty

Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth E. Wein

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White

What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty

Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry

Landline, by Rainbow Rowell

The Giver, by Lois Lowry

The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simison

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Patterson

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, written by Laura Amy Schlitz and illustrated by Robert Byrd

How to Catch a Frog, by Heather Ross

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store, by Robin Sloan

Jane, The Fox, and Me, written by Fanny Britt and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Capote: A Biography, by Gerald Clarke

The Diamond Guitar, by Truman Capote

A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean

Dear Enemy, by Jean Webster

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

What books did I give a C or below rating? (only one this year!)

Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Patterson (Grade = C)

(Not only is this the only book I disliked enough to give a C this year, the same author is also listed above on my A+ list for Bridge to Terabithia and both books are Newbery winners… Go figure.)

Thoughts:

Maybe next year I’ll figure out how to make cute graphics… but hopefully these graphs are at least easier to read than tables. Starting the Nerdbery Challenge this year bumped up my reading count a lot, although I still haven’t topped 2010 when I was working as a school librarian.  It’s funny to see what I rated as A+ throughout the year that didn’t leave much of an impression months later (for instance, Sloppy Firsts was fine, but disliking the sequel definitely colored my lasting impression of it). I listened to a few audiobooks through SYNC and started frequenting the library more often, so that’s always interesting to note. As usual, Kindle tops the list for format, but I was surprised that I read more Children’s Lit than any other genre this year. Fiction, Memoir/Biography, and Young Adult follow, which makes sense. Gotta read more NonFiction next year!

Whew, That was fun!

I’m happy that, as 2015 begins, I’m surrounded by books and a healthy To-Read list!

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