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!
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?
How many books did I put down? (Both abandoned and/or still reading are included)
What genres did I read in 2014?
What kinds of book formats did I read in 2014?
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.)
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!