GoodReads seems to disagree with itself as to whether I read 238 or 240 books this year. I think the accurate number is 238, since the stats for end of year include two books I abandoned (but not all 26, so curious.)
238 seems high. 238 seems impossible. I'm sure I'll hear a lot of these things. Well, some of those are individual short stories that I counted because they were award nominees and I was reading them as single shots. Some of them are poetry, which while short, I always read at least twice. Some are cookbooks. So clearly, some are not that lengthy. On the other hand, the longest book I read in 2013 is Infinite Jest, at 1,079 pages. I have the feeling that the numbers balance out.
Books by Format
Print: 150 (77%)
eBook: 44 (19%)
Audio: 34 (14%)
Interestingly, 41/44 of the eBooks were advanced reader copies from NetGalley, so I still very much prefer print. The three eBooks I actually purchased were in moments of desperation, usually because I needed to get a copy in time for book club or a podcast. Or they were a really good deal. I bought far more eBooks than I read, since I always forget I bought the Kindle Daily Deal types. Whoops. About half the audiobooks were also review copies, but I do have an Audible subscription and pay for about half. Print is always a mixture of new, used, swap, and library books.
Books by Genre
Foodie: 25 (11%)
Graphic novels: 11 (4%)
Memoir: 13 (5%)
Novella: 13 (5%)
Poetry: 22 (9%)
Science fiction and fantasy: 55 (23%)
Short stories: 22 (9%)
Travel: 10 (4%)
These aren't all the genres, only those I'm interested in tracking. I guess what's left is the general, literary fiction, and some non-fiction. And some of these crossover, particularly memoir with foodie or memoir with travel. I'm happy that my poetry number has gone up, and I want to keep it around 10% if I can.
Award Winners and Nominees
Last year, I read all the nominees for a lot of award, so much so that it took 25% of my reading time, and some of that reading was not satisfying. This year I pledged to only read the books I was interested in. Quite a few of my abandoned books of 2013 are from award nominees that I dumped, and are not reflected in these numbers. Added up as a sum total, this still takes up 21%, but many of the Booker-NBA-Orange overlapped. The number is about 18%, a definite dip from 2012. It feels great to gleefully abandon what isn't working!
Hugo: 17 (7%)
Man Booker Prize: 6 (3%)
National Book Award: 11 (4%) <- pretty directly 6 novels and 5 poetry finalists
Nebula: 2 (.008%)
Orange Prize: 3 (1%)
Tournament of Books: 15 (6%) <- many of these I had already read for other reasons though!
Reading for a Purpose
I often read books for challenges, podcasts, and book clubs, but these are all part of my interests. I don't look to decrease these numbers.
Around the USA Challenge: 31 (5%)
Around the World Challenge (includes The World's Literature group's focus on Turkey): 69 (29%)
Great African Reads: 2 (.008%)
International Book Club (in person, just joined in September): 2 (.008%)
League of Extraordinary Dorks Book Club: 6 (3%)
SFF Audio Podcast readalongs: 13 (5%)
I think 2013 was a great year in reading! Tomorrow I will give more thought to my goals for reading in 2014, but for now it is time to relax and celebrate. Happy New Year!