For geeks and nerds and fellow bookworms…
With some help from those lovely people over at Goodreads, here’s a little round-up of my reading over 2013:-
135 books read in total and 4 abandoned unfinished. This breaks down as
Literary Fiction 37
Science Fiction 1
(For those of you using a calculator, I know this adds up to more than 135 – some books are in more than 1 category.)
And I rated them as
(But I bet everyone remembers the 1-star reviews more than the 5-stars!)
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Points of interest (to me – perhaps not so much to you!)
Gobsmacked that I read 31 factual books – that must be a record! Just think how knowledgeable I’d be if only my memory was less sieve-like.
An astonishing 91 of the books read were written by authors new to me.
Delighted that 74% of the books got a 4- or 5-star rating – a good year!
Goodreads tells me that my 135 books come to a total of 43,685 pages – an extraordinary average of 120 pages per day. (Note to self – get a life.)
According to Goodreads the longest book I read was Days of Fire at 816 pages. However it didn’t feel nearly as long as The Goldfinch (review to come), which at 771 pages was roughly 700 pages too long.
And a few bloggie bits’n’pieces…
More than half of all views to my blog come from the good ol’ US of A – Howdy, Folks! I may have to adopt American spelling at this rate.
I read roughly 15 blog posts per day at an average of, say, 300 words per post, and have been doing this since March…so a rough total of 1,350,000 words this year – equivalent to about 15 medium-length novels or a couple of chapters of The Goldfinch. Thanks for being so prolific everybody!
My most viewed post by far is Entry Island – proving that the way to get traffic is to be the first person in the world to post a review and make it a rave…I wouldn’t say it went viral, exactly, but it definitely developed a little cough.
A special thanks to the one person who viewed my blog from China – you made my year!
Where is Guam anyway?
4, 600 comments to date. Thanks for being a chatty bunch – the blog would be nothing without you all.
HERE’S TO A BOOKIE 2014!
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(*Euphemism courtesy of Professor VJ Duke.)