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url 2016-01-01 01:06
2015 in numbers

I crunched some of my numbers for the past year, if you're interested. Some highlights:


- My average rating for everything I read in 2015 was 3.25 stars.


- My average rating for manga, graphic novels, manhua, and manhwa was 3.47 stars.


- My average rating for novels, novellas, and short stories was 3.07 stars.


- My reading and listening (not counting manga and graphic novels) broke down to 28% paper books, 48% e-books, and 24% audiobooks.


And also, I think I may start trying to record my TV and movie watching on LibraryThing, because my "remember to record stuff on a spreadsheet" method hasn't been working for me at all.

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text 2015-12-31 14:00
2015 In Books - Some Stats + Best Books

Yes, it's that time of the year again. Time to take a few minutes and look back at what I've been reading, and some other stats that I like to collect over the year. The number of books is the first thing that always comes to mind and not without reason. (At first I wasn't sure whether or not to air my secret wish of reading 300(!) books this year, but as it became more and more likely I would be able to do it, I decided to really go for it. And made it, if only barely. And yes, they also contain some short stories and graphic novels, and no, I don't mind that. Not with over 68.000 pages read and an average of 229 pages per book. Of these book 244 were ARCs. I find that number slightly dazzling, and I hope next year I will have a bit more time to read my own books as well.


Normally, I'm a terrible reader when it comes to read a series back to back, but this year I did it a few times. (And found out it wasn't so bad after all). Therefore there are more than 20 authors from who I read multiple books this year. Obviously, as every year I started more series than I finished. (And I'm still waiting on Winds of Winter)


When it comes to publishers, I only have stats from the review books, but it was almost a tie between to publisher from which I've been reading a lot last year, Curiosity Quills Press (50) and Diamond Book Distributors (48). Amazon Publishing (10) finishes the top3.


Onto the ratings; my average rating for 2015 was 3.2 (according to GoodReads which, as we all know, doesn't allow to award half-stars). Only one 5-star read, which I will have to call the best read of the year:



Some honourable 4 and 4.5 star mentions:







How's your year been for reading?

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text 2015-12-30 18:37
My goodreads book stats

I never tracked all my reading.  


In 2015, I only tracked what I needed to for group/bookclub participation ...


2013 and 2014 were all the censorship and alleged Amazon collusion with a hate group (where that group's hitlist of reviewers they wanted destroyed was "coincidentally" the same order that goodreads user content was now being censored and removed -- even when user accounts were not outright deleted -- followed "coincidentally" by the hate group going silent about gr and Amazon reviews/reviewers during the holiday buying season) that contributed to my coming here to booklikes and other sites in protest.


 I had removed my books from goodreads then decided the 2012 ( pre-Amazon takeover) content could go back because a bit unfair that authors would lose reviews.  I usually just ditch books I don't like rather than reviewing (and was more open to indie authors back then) so my reviews generally slanted to the positive (meaning ★★☆☆☆ and up on goodreads and ★★★☆☆ and up on goodreads):



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text 2015-12-29 05:17
Reading Stats of 2015

In three days the New Year will swing in, and I have accepted the fact that I will not reach my either of my reading goals this years.  At date I'm thirteen books away and have no days off until New Year's Even.  It's just not going to happen.  This also means I'm not going to reach my goal of reading more pages in 2015 than I did in 2014.  Part of this is due to the fact that in the course of three months I moved, started a new job, and then proceeded to get promoted at said job. All this means is I need to read harder in the coming year to reach my goals and hopefully then some!  While I'm still figuring out what those goals are, I have put together my statics for this year along with a bit extra.




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text 2015-12-26 19:45
2015 Reading Recap
The Secret Life of Winnie Cox - Sharon Maas
The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q - Sharon Maas
The Skeleton Road - Val McDermid
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Joseph Fouché: Bildnis eines politischen Menschen - Stefan Zweig
A Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel
The Gods of Guilt - Michael Connelly
Face Off - David, Various, x Baldacci
Moriarty - Anthony Horowitz
Hogfather (Discworld, #20) - Terry Pratchett

No fancy graphics and no astounding numbers – in fact, rather average numbers for me, these days – but anyway, here we go:


Total Number of Books Read:


– including rereads
– but excluding my current read, Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell (which is bound to take me all the way to the end of the year).






                         Including my annual Christmas revisitings:


                         Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol

                         Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors

                         Arthur Conan Doyle: The Blue Carbuncle

                         Agatha Christie: Hercule Poirot's Christmas

                                                 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding


A Christmas Carol - Charles DickensThe Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle - Arthur Conan DoyleThe Nine Tailors - Dorothy L. Sayers, Elizabeth GeorgeHercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha ChristieAdventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot) - Agatha Christie



The Year's Top Reads

                    Sharon Maas: The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q.

                                         The Secret Life of Winnie Cox

                     J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit (reread)

                     Val McDermid: The Skeleton Road

                     Hilary Mantel: A Place of Greater Safety

                     Stefan Zweig: Joseph Fouché

                     Andrew Nicoll: The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne

                     Anaïs Nin: Henry and June

                     Michael Connelly: The Gods of Guilt

                     David Baldacci (ed.), Various Authors: Face-Off

                     Anthony Horowitz: Moriarty

                     Terry Pratchett: Hogfather (begun Dec. 2014)



Breakdown of Ratings:









Average Rating

Including Christmas rereads: 3,94

Excluding Christmas rereads: 3,87



Books Shelved as Favorites:


Of these, new reads: 14

Rereads: 11 – including 5 Christmas rereads



Breakdown of Shelves:

(Note: Virtually all of my books are shelved in multiple ways)


Nobel Prize Winners: 1

1001 Books: 6

Classics: 46

Short Fiction: 37

Theatre: 3

Poetry: 2

Mysteries and Crime Fiction: 44

– American: 3

– British: 41

Fantasy: 2

Romance: 4

20th Century & Contemporary BritLlit: 16

20th Century & Contemporary America: 1

Canada & Canadian Literature: 1

Germany & German Literature: 1

France & French Literature: 5

Italy & Italian Literature: 1

Scotland: 6

Eastern Europe: 1

Russia: 2

California & Southwestern USA: 1

Down Under (= Oz & NZ): 1

Orient & Asia: 2

– India & Indian Subcontinent: 1

– Southeast Asia: 1

Africa: 1

Historical Fiction: 8

Key Historic / Period Elements or Setting (in contemporaneous fiction): 5

Nonfiction: 7

– History: 4

– Politics: 1

– Memoirs - Biographies - Letters - Diaries: 4

– Essays - Addresses - Lectures: 3

– Art & Architecture: 3

– Travel: 1

– Reference: 1

Humor - Comedy - Satire: 6

Children's & YA Literature: 1

Cats: 1

Anthologies: 1


So, not one of my most diverse and international reading years, it would appear – lots of classics, lots of mysteries and crime fiction, and predominantly British literature.  But on the plus side, in their vast majority good or even great reads, which ultimately is what's most important!



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