Thursday, January 01, 2009

2008 Reading in review: The Stats

This year I managed to read 182 books. This is down by 25 on 2007 and 50 from 2006. There's no particular reason why I am reading less, although I do seem to gradually be spending more and more time on the computer. Maybe that's got something to do with it.

I bought or received 67 new books this year and read 19 of those, which means that I have 48 more books in the house unread! Whoops.

I read 16 books by Aussie authors.

By Type

A breakdown by type shows that I read:

9 kids/YA books
33 Crime novels
17 Fantasy novels
36 Historical Fiction
23 Literature (or books that don't easily fall into any of the other categories)
3 Non Fiction
50 Romance novels
10 Women's Fiction/Chick lit

Of the books that I read that were not labelled as Historical Fiction, I had classified 50 of them of being historical in terms of sub-genre, so books with a historical setting were by far my biggest group of reads.

Only one of the books that I read was a reread (Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie)


I gave the following grades:

5 out of 5 - 3 books
4.5 out of 5 - 40 books
4 out of 5 - 103 books.
3.5 out of 5 - 31 books
3 out of 5 - 3 books
2.5 out of 5 - 1 book

The three books that achieved top grade were The Host by Stephenie Meyer, Master of Verona by David Blixt (review will be posted tomorrow) and The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Maryann Shaffer

I posted my favourite Crime Fiction novels for the year here, and over at Historical Tapestry have posted about my favourite HF reads for the year.


Here's a breakdown by Publisher where I have read 5 books or more from a single publisher:

Harlequin - 5
Harper Collins - 25
Macmillan - 17
Penguin-Putnam - 25
Random House - 39
Simon & Schuster - 6
Warner - 13
Sourcebooks - 5
Allen & Unwin - 5

New to me authors: 83


  1. Yeap I'm down on how many books I read this year also. I think your right it maybe that we are spending more time blogging now. 182 books is nothing to sneeze at though! I managed to read 76 books last year.

  2. Congratulations on your 182 books! And 67 new books! That's so nice. I love new books and I think I'll go crazy if I were to receive that many books in a year. :)

    A very Happy New Year to you too!

  3. That's so interesting that you read mainly historical fiction! It's a genre I need to read more of. :)

  4. 182 is a feat, I don't think I could ever manage that - well done!

  5. I thought you switched to the embedded comment-thingy.... Am I crazy?

    Anyway, I am determined to reach 200 books or more this year. Even if I am not officially challenging myself!

    Here's to good reading in 2009! I am going to order the book you want me to read tonight.

  6. Very impressive!!! And wow, you are in lots of challenges! Good luck to you. Have fun.

  7. I need to start keeping track of how many books I bring into the house. Hopefully that will shame me into getting some self-restraint :P

  8. Nymeth, Excel is a list keepers friend!

    Carolyn Jean, there is a chance that I am in too many challenges, but you know, I can't seem to help myself!

    Kailana, I attempted to change to the embedded comment thingo, but it didn't work at all so I had to change back.

    Josette, 67 books coming in isn't what makes me crazy, it's the fact that I don't read them at all that does that!

    Kathy, I'm not sneezing at it, just don't quite now why there is such a big difference.

    Thanks Clare!

    Eva, I probably need to read a bit more widely, but you know what...I enjoy HF so I keep reading it. Reading is about enjoyment after all!

  9. You read an amazing amount of books, Marg, even if you are down from last year.

    I am really looking forward to reading The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society one of these days.

  10. That is a LOT of books. I do good to do 30-40 a year. And thanks for taking on the National Just Read More Novels Challenge. I bet you can read quite a few in one month.

  11. You are welcome yellojkt! My post will be up shortly for it!

    Literary Feline, I hope you enjoy it when you do get to it.

  12. Wow - that's an impressive number! Good to see too that most of those ranked in the top grades. That means a lot of good reads :)

    Here's wishing you lots more good reads for this year.