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2015 in Review

I’m a nerd in topics aside from books. I love breaking things down into numbers.

This past year, I read 25 books (or 2.1 books per month). That works out to a book approximately every 14.6 days. The books I read totaled 9146 pages for the year which equates to about 25 pages a day.

If you check last year’s stats, you’ll note that I’m down five books from 2014. However, I attribute at least part of that to moving over the summer, causing a large void in reading during June and July. Another thing from this year is that I didn’t finish one book (thus I didn’t count it in my stats) and I also didn’t read one of the book club picks (Beloved). Both of these are rare occurrences for me!

 

Enough about the bad facts though. Onto the remainder of the stats!

I must be getting older or something. This year, I added a category that didn’t exist in last year’s metrics–autobiography. Also, my most-read category this year is literary fiction instead of YA (but YA is a close second). I read no memoirs this year, and my romance/erotica category also significantly decreased.

2015 Genres

I also went through to see what my ratings were. I separated into “all 25 books” and “book club only (10) books (one must either be in 2014 or will be in 2016)”.  I rated the most books as 4’s (which means I either am being more optimistic or I chose better books than in 2014 where most were 3’s!). I didn’t have anything below a 2.5 or higher than 4.5 (5 is a unicorn though). My highest ranked books were not book club picks like last year so I guess that means my own personal picks are better to my own liking! My top reads can be found here and here.

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I also try to keep track of where I get my books. This year, as compared to last year, the majority of my books were purchased new! However, one was a “Kindle Daily Deal” and a few of them were purchased for Kindle so they could be read on an international vacation (questionable access to getting them from the library and didn’t want to pack hard covers). I would like to try to plan better and reduce the number of books purchased new in 2016. A variety of books fall into the “Other” category–gifts, books we already had, books like The Three Musketeers that are out of copyright and can be obtained for free.

2015 Method of Attaining Books

Lastly, I got some stats from WordPress for the past year. A few interesting bits. I had my 100th post this past year. I also got my 100th follower (thanks, friends and fellow bookworms!). My most popular post was the one about The Time Keeper discussion questions.

I’ve already finished my first book in 2016 and am well on my way to a second one. I think that’s a good omen for the upcoming year!

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To Read

How do you keep track of books that you are recommended? For a while I was keeping a list in my phone’s notes program, but I was recently clued into the app “To Read”. It’s very simple, and it even gives you a synopsis of each book that you add.

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And then when you open the app, you get a screen like this. Well, initially yours will be blank; mine is already full of books!

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To add a book, you press the + in the upper right hand corner, search, and it will add the book to your queue. When you click on one of the books in your queue (or when you are searching for the book), it will give you a synopsis like so:

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I was able to find every book on my list in the app’s library, so I assume it is fairly extensive. The one drawback for me with the app is that it is almost too simple. I would like a small notes section so that I can list where I got the recommendation from. I recently started reading one of the books from my list, and I have no idea who recommended it to me!

As it turns out, the app is still pretty new, so I am going to email the creator and make the suggestion of adding a notes section to it. Other than that, I have A LOT of books “to read”!

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Kindle

photo-7So I know I’m about 10 years late on this, but I bought a Kindle!

I’ve had my iPad for a few years now, and for the most part, I like reading on it. However, it’s a bit big, and a bit bright, and I have Amazon Prime so I wanted to access the lending library.

I had some leftover birthday Amazon gift cards plus one from my work’s wellness program, so I ended getting a refurbished (with ads) 4th generation for about $5 cash.

So far, I really like the size, interface and look of it. But I haven’t found any books I need/want on the lending library. Perhaps it’s not really that good. Luckily I still have the library.

Any other good things about owning a Kindle that I should know about?

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Surprising Book Facts

So a friend posted this on Facebook (which means that I’m not sure whether it’s 100% true or not) and I think it is really curious:

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I find the most surprising of these to be the 42% of college graduates never read another book and that 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year. I am taking that to mean that no one in the family read a book. That is shocking to me. I really hope that’s not true.

This is why I donated to the book drive at my local elementary school. And why I buy my friends books when they have children. Who needs another plastic toy?!

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Harry Potter Bridesmaid Photo!

So you might remember this post where I was collecting Harry Potter hardcover books for my wedding. Well the wedding has came and went (it was wonderful!!) and finally I have photos!

This one is by far my favorite:

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The ceremony venue was an antiques shop so it lent itself well to us just sitting down and having a read. 🙂 It was convenient that I’m in the middle and book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was my favorite of the series. Thanks again to Bree from Capital Romance for the brilliant idea!  (I’ll be sending a copy your way!) Also thanks to my wonderful photographer Ashley K who seriously is amazing!

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Mudflap Nerd Girl

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So I was driving around during lunch today, and I saw this awesome bumper (mudflap? window?) sticker. It’s one of those “mudflap girls” reading a book! Maybe these are more common than I know about, but this is the first one I’ve seen. And it was impressive enough that I whipped out my camera (while at a red light) and snapped a pic! Sexy nerd girl love!!

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