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May 18, 2009

In May 2008, I started a blog to answer the questions “How many books do you read” and “What kind?” (I get asked this a lot. I read a lot, apparently.) I recorded every book I read, for a year.  Some reviews were shorter than others, some a little more in depth – but each one, dutifully recorded. And now, for the nerds among you – some stats.

  • I read 117 books (well, 113 – I abandoned 4 of them along the way)
  • That’s about a book every 3 days
  • Out of the 64 fiction books, 57 of them were novels
  • 30 of them considered “YA” or “Young Adult”
  • 16 were considered “historical fiction
  • 14 books were considered “paranormal” which could be anything from fairies to werewolves (4 were about vampires)
  • I read 9 books about “mental illness” (both fiction and non)
  • Out of the 53 non-fiction books, 26 were considered memoirs
  • The all-purpose “business” tag was on 14 non-fiction books (These were probably books on marketing, customer service and included 2 books about Starbucks)
  • I read 10 books that I considered to have something to do with politics (this included anything from Obama to food, and the environment – sometimes books about vampires written by Mormons were considered political)
  • I read 5 books referencing weight loss (no stats on how much weight was lost as a result)
  • I read 3 books about polygamy
  • The month where the most books were read: August 2008 (14 books)
  • I only read 5 books in March 2009
  • I had comments from two authors
  • I joined one book club

So, that’s it.  I may update “Pale Nerd” on occasion, but I will primarily continue to update the internet about what I read on GoodReads, and if something is really awesome, I’ll probably mention it here as well.

(crossposted from Pale Nerd)

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Frank permalink
    May 18, 2009 10:28 pm

    It must feel good to have completed this project. I can’t believe it’s already been a year. Congrats!

  2. May 19, 2009 12:00 am

    That, my dear, is both impressive and insane. Averaging a book every 3 days? Damn, and I thought I read a lot.

  3. May 19, 2009 3:39 pm

    That’s so awesome! I’m going to friend you on Goodreads so I can keep up and compare.

  4. May 19, 2009 6:18 pm

    This made me laugh, because I do the same thing every year. I always feel great about it when it’s finished and I have all my stats, and then a second later I wonder if I’ll ever do anything with them. So far, I haven’t thought of anything, but it is nice to have a record of my reading. I also track how many male and female authors I read, how many books I re-read, and how many books I start and then abandon. (This last one I just started doing this year, and I’m having a hard time remembering to do it.)

  5. Stacey permalink
    May 20, 2009 8:04 am

    Wow this is very cool stuff to read. Nice!

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