Wednesday, January 04, 2012

2011 Book Stats

Here are some interesting (?) stats about the books I read in 2011.

The books I read in 2011 were:

53% fiction.

47% non-fiction (obviously).

Furthermore, 66% of the fiction was Young Adult (just like last year!).

Overall, 35% of the books I read were Young Adult.

18% of the books I read in 2011 were non-first-time reads.

17% of 2011's reading list were books that Jeremy also read this year.

69% of the books were checked out from the library. The rest I either own or were downloaded through a free trial with audible.com.

Speaking of which, 12.5% of the books I read in 2011 were audiobooks.

The longest stretches between completion of a book were two periods of 25 days each. The first time was in October when it took me almost the whole month to read The Count of Monte Cristo. The other time was in November when I finished Mud, Sweat, and Tears and didn't pick up (well, download the audio of) Between Shades of Gray until the second week of December.

Which leads us to the great item of nerdery that is my 2011 reading progress chart. Still haven't figured out how to make it pretty, sorry.


As you can see, my reading slowed down the second half of the year, especially once the fall semester started. It got to the point where I didn't even want to start a book because then I would just be wanting to read it when there was so much else I needed to do. Fridays were by far my most productive reading days - there were a few Fridays in the year when I read an entire book in an afternoon. Which leads me to my last stat: my most productive stretch of reading. In April, I read Baghdad Without a Map, Three Cups of Deceit, and Girls of Riyadh in three days total. (However, Three Cups of Deceit is only about 70 pages long.)

The end!

Edited to add: Except I just figured out how to do an animated version of the chart. Check it out.

I feel like Hans Rosling, except that I, unlike him, have no reason to exclaim, "WHAT a catastrophe!" in a Swedish accent. Which is a shame.

4 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

I REALLY need to do my book post! And this is fascinating... I definitely go in spurts of reading like crazy and then not reading anything for three weeks.

Kathy Haynie said...

Two things: 1. You are an awesome reader. 2. That "Joy of Stats" video was really cool. I'm kind of surprised you didn't save it for Friday. Wow.

Bridget said...

Kathy, I thought everyone had seen it! I will post it on Friday for sure. Isn't it a gem?

Jennifer said...

I also enjoyed the Joy of Stats video and your animated graph--so cool! The amount you read never ceases to amaze me. :)

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