Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Books 2013 + Book Stats

My favorite books of 2013 are here.

Here are some interesting (?) stats about the books I read in 2013 (complete list below). There are probably some very pretty infographics hiding in here, but oh well.

The books I read in 2013 were:

62% fiction.

38% non-fiction (obviously).

Furthermore, 70% of the fiction was Young Adult/Juvenile.

Overall, 44% of the books I read were Young Adult/Juvenile.

4% of the books (only three!) I read in 2013 were non-first-time reads.

8% of 2013's reading list were books that Jeremy has also read, whether it was this year or previously.

I read 20% of the books in their physical, hard-copy format.

I read 58% of the books in Kindle format. A further 6% were some kind of weird format that I could only read using an app (Overdrive) on my computer.

17% of the books I read this year were audiobooks.

(If the percentages don't seem to tally quite right, that's because a few books I had in both Kindle and hard copy formats.)

86% of the books were checked out from the library. The rest I either own/bought or (more likely) were borrowed from a friend or family member. The library percentage includes books I checked out from the library in the Kindle (or Overdrive) format.

The longest stretch between completion of a book was seventeen days at the end of February/beginning of March between The Raven Boys and Forever on the Mountain.

My longest stretch of YA books was in November/December with five in a row (though one, Prodigy, was a DNF): The Naturals, After Eden, Hostage Three, World After, and Prodigy.

My most productive period of reading was just before we left the UAE/en route to the US. I finished a book on July 13th and 16th, and two books on the 14th (one was an audiobook).

Hooray for reading! Here is the complete list of the 71 books I read this year - that includes the five books I read enough of to include on my list but ultimately marked as DNF (did not finish, indicated with an asterisk below).

Young Adult/Juvenile Fiction
The Naturals (Jennifer Lynn Barnes)
After Eden (Helen Douglas)
Hostage Three (Nick Lake)
World After (Susan Ee)
*Prodigy (Marie Lu)
Shadowfell (Juliet Marillier)
*The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (Holly Black)
Hemlock (Kathleen Peacock)
The Bitter Kingdom (Rae Carson)
Through the Ever Night (Veronica Rossi)
Shadow and Bone (Leigh Bardugo)
Belle Epoque (Elizabeth Ross)
Keeping the Castle (Patrice Kindl)
Requiem (Lauren Oliver)
The Elite (Kiera Cass)
Unspoken (Sarah Rees Brennan)
The Crown of Embers (Rae Carson)
For Darkness Shows the Stars (Diana Peterfreund)
The Selection (Kiera Cass)
*The FitzOsbornes in Exile (Michelle Cooper)
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Rae Carson)
The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)
The Book of Blood and Shadow (Robin Wasserman)
Lark (Erica Cope)
Winterborne (Augusta Blythe)
A Brief History of Montmaray (Michelle Cooper)
Steel (Carrie Vaughn)
Summer of My German Soldier (Bette Greene)
Finale (Becca Fitzpatrick)
Boundless (Cynthia Hand)
Code Name Verity (Elizabeth Wein)

The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay (Hooman Majd)
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (Bill O'Reilly)
Catch Me If You Can (Frank W. Abagnale)
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates (Wes Moore)
Nicholas and Alexandra (Robert K. Massie)
MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend (Rachel Bertsche)
Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle (Marc Gonsalves)
Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz (Eva Mozes Kor)

Investigative Non-Fiction (is there such a thing as Investigative Fiction? I'm making these categories up as I go, people)
Five Days at Memorial (Sheri Fink)
The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear (Seth Mnookin)
Because I Said So! (Ken Jennings)
The Romanovs: The Final Chapter (Robert K. Massie)
The Secret Race (Tyler Hamilton)
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why (Amanda Ripley)
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden (Mark Owen)
Forever on the Mountain (James M. Tabor)

Historical Non-Fiction
*Escape From Davao (John D. Lukacs)
A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle for the Mastery of the Middle East (James Barr)
The Princes in the Tower (Alison Weir)
Empire of Blue Water (Stephan Talty)
Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War With Militant Islam (Mark Bowden)
The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking (Brendan I. Koerner)
To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started (Gail MacColl)

Regular Ol' Fiction
A Short Stay in Hell (Steven L. Peck)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Seth Grahame-Smith)
Death Comes to Pemberley (P.D. James)
Daddy-Long-Legs (Jean Webster)
The House at Tyneford (Natasha Solomons)
Georgiana Darcy's Diary (Anna Elliott)
Speaking from Among the Bones (Alan Bradley)
*The Dressmaker (Kate Alcott)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Emmuska Orczy)
Night Road (Kristin Hannah)
Edenbrooke (Julianne Donaldson)
The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat (Bee Wilson)
The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth (Felice Austin)
Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World (Nataly Kelly)
Cleaning House (Kay Wills Wyma)

Here is a chart showing my reading progress through the year.


Josh Caporale said...

Wow, what a list! The two that catch my attention are "Killing Kennedy," for anything about presidential history is intriguing and Bill O'Reilly's take seems to be quite fascinating and now that you mentioned it, "Surviving the Angel of Death" will definitely be something I explore when I take a shopping trip to B&N or on Amazon. Mengele was quite a monster!

Liz Johnson said...


I think this is the first year that I've read at least half as many books as you! I feel so proud. :)

Sarah Cook said...

So many questiongs..How do you keep track? How did you figure out all the percentages? Did a program do it, or did you just figure it out? Did you read the whole The Gift of Giving Life? I read like 30 pages, lol. How was Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter? The Notebook? I can't even watch the movie without crying. And last but not least, how in the world did you have time? :)

Sarah Cook said...

Oh! and I also read Catch Me if You Can. That and bits and pieces from many different baby/pregnancy books. And that is probably all. Ha!

Bridget said...

Sarah, one word for you: GOODREADS. Liz turned me on to it a few years ago and I haven't looked back. It is a great way to organize the books you've read and also get recommendations from others. The stats are easy after that.

Yes, I read the whole The Gift of Giving Life! Vampire Hunter was good, not great. The Notebook....sorry, hated it. That is not my kind of book and I knew that going in. Go to Goodreads and you can look up my review on any book you want to.

I often get asked how I have time. Reading is what I do in my discretionary time, always. I don't watch TV or movies, really. I just read. And audiobooks make it possible to "read" while cleaning house or folding laundry or whatever. Also, I am a fast reader to begin with.

Aimee said...

I always love your lists of books, I picked up and read "Angel Fall" and "World After" because of your recommendations. My most successful week of reading was the week I spent in Vienna without kids, ha! One book read on each of the trips over (Midwife of Venice, and The Rosie Project) and two books read during my week(Angel Fall and World After). On the flight home there was a movie called "Ruby Red" which apparently was based off a german YA book called "Rubin Rot" By Kerstin Gier. I did some research and found that they were recently translated into English and picked the first one up from the library yesterday. I can't comment on the quality at all because I am only on chapter 2, but I thought they may interest you. You could even attempt them in German, as I was tempted to do, but I figured with "time traveler speak" it may be complicated.

Sarah Familia said...

Can't you get the Overdrive app on your smartphone? I spend two hours commuting daily, so I think I'd go crazy without my Overdrive audiobooks. And their interface isn't as good as the Kindle interface, but I read books on my phone with the Overdrive app too.

Bridget said...

Ah, but that requires a smartphone. I don't have one. However, my computer is a Lenovo Yoga that folds into a tablet, so it's not a big problem to read on it.


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