Year in Review 2014
Happy 2015, readers! Hopefully everyone had a lovely and safe New Year’s Eve, and that your 2015 is off to a great start!
2014 was busier than I was expecting, and somehow not as much got done as I was hoping. I can’t even put my finger on why, exactly, but things just sort of seem to pile up! I decided that I was going to be better about reading what I was in the mood for, rather than what I thought I *should* be reading (with the exception of my book club picks, which sometimes coincided with the former, but sometimes belonged more to the latter category.) The end result of this is that a lot of my reading time went to re-reads rather than clearing my TBR shelf… but I certainly enjoyed myself! I managed to stay ahead of reading goal starting in the spring and lasting until mid-December (finals time!), but a New Year’s Eve sprint got me up to my goal with a whole six hours to spare!
- I finished 132 books this year, 100 of which were new-to-me, and 32 of which were re-reads. 100 new books was my personal goal for the year, so I just eeked that out. But my goal for total books was 124, so I totally crushed that..
- 92 of those were paper or e-books, for a total of 27,709 pages read. The remaining 40 were audiobooks, with a total of 19.7 days of listening time. (Not included in either of those tallies are all the individual short stories I read and/or listened to.) If you count the text equivalent of the audiobooks, I consumed 43,550 pages of reading material this year.
- I read books by 88 different authors, 43 of which were new to me. I also a good job of balancing the sex ratio: excluding anthologies, 52% percent of the books I read were by female authors. (Better than my 49% last year, hooray!)
- I didn’t do a great job of reading my own books this year (new books, anyways, I re-read a bunch of my own books). Of the new books I read, only about 37% came from my TBR pile. Another 18% were audiobooks, 30% were graphic novels from the library, 14% were non-graphic-novel library books, and the remaining 3% were e-books freebies or from the eTBR “pile”.
- I was pretty good about not acquiring new books! I requested relatively few review copies this year – also a function of the not having as much time for reading and reviewing – and the library booksale in my new town is only open a few times a year, rather than three days a week… so I had a few binges but relatively fewer books coming in on an average day. The result that I only added 46 books to my TBR pile – which is pretty awesome, I think, given some of my past years. I read 32 books from the pile, though, and cleared another 27 (donating them to the library sale – and then NOT purchasing them again, which is key!), leaving me with a net change of -13 TBR books! Not too shabby!
- Of the books I read from my TBR pile, the average length of time between when I acquired them and when I finished them was 471 days. I’ve got books on my TBR pile that have been there an embarrassingly long time, but I’m doing my best to work through them.
- Perhaps as a function of reading relatively fewer review copies, less than half of the new books I read were published in 2013 or 2014 (still 40%, though); however, the average publication date of my books was 2007.
- Unsurprisingly, almost exactly half the books I read this year were fantasy; with sci-fi taking up another 20%, and non-fiction, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction making up the rest. About 42% of the books I read were young adult or mid-grade, which is a slight uptick from years past.
You can calculate these kind of stats for yourself using my reading tracking spreadsheet. You can download the 2014 version here: 2014 reading tracking spreadsheet; just change the tabs for 2015. You can find the instructions for using it here: reading tracking spreadsheet instructions.
I’m not going to do a formal “best of” list for 2014, since I always have a really hard time getting my picks down to 5 or even 10 “best” books. Instead, here are my picks-of-the-month for the year! (Among my new books – picking books that I already loved enough to re-read as my favorite of the month just doesn’t seem fair.)
(kind of a beige year, apparently!)
January: The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
February: Castle Waiting, Vol. 1 by Linda Medley
March: Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky
May: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
June: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
July: Too many awesome books this month to pick only one! (Or two. Or three!) Among Others by Jo Walton; Invisible Beasts by Sharona Muir; The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen; Redshirts by John Scalzi
August: Rust, Vol. 3: Death of the Rocket Boy by Royden Lepp
September: Cress by Marissa Meyer
October: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
November: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
December: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
What about you, readers? Read any good books last year?
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