Year of reading 2016
Part 2: Statistics
2016 was another very good reading year.
I read less books than last year (first time in several years I don’t hit the 100 mark), but I read bigger books, so more pages!
81 books reads (88 in 2015), and 14 listened to (21 in 2015) = 95, which is an average of 7.9/month
Books read in 2016:
81. That’s an average of 6.7/month
Total of 24,993 pages (23,075 in 2015, which is an average of 68 pages/day.
Not counting the 5 books I translated into French.
That’s an average of 308 pages/book, (262 in 2015) – thanks mostly to Dante’s trilogy and books by Proust!
Books listened to in 2016:
14 [21 in 2015]. This is an average of 1.1/month.
Total of 9,205 mn (12,899 min in 2015) with an average of 25 mn/day.
That’s an average of over 10 hours/audiobook.
In graphs, this is what it looks like:
The low average in November is due to a big event in our family life!
The difference in December is due to painting commissions!
Nonfiction and science-fiction increased since last year
7% less ebook than last year!
= almost perfect balance, without even trying to do so!
4 more countries represented than last year
cool, only 50% of what I read was originally published in English!
In translation: 32 [28 in 2015]:
- 21 from the French
- 4 from the Italian
- 2 from the Russian
- 1 from the Korean, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, and Swedish
9 in original language: 8 in French, 1 in Spanish
5 translated by me from English-French
Out of a Total of 78 authors,
55 were new to me
Books by the same author: 27 [31 in 2015]:
4 by Louise Penny and Colleen Cross
3 by Proust, Modiano, and Dante
and 2 by Crossby, Cara Black, Pascal Garnier, Alfonso Zapico, and Antoine Laurain
L’étranger, by Camus
Oldest: The Inferno, by Dante (1308).
Newest: Occult Paris, by Tobias Churton (10/30/2016)
less of brand new books
thanks publishers and authors!!
1 new American State these books led me to: Alaska
21 other countries these books led me to (24 last year) : Algeria, Austria, Azores Islands, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, South Korea, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, on Mars, and in spiritual and imaginary lands!
Shortest book: The White Cat and the Monk, by Jo Ellen Bogart – 32 pages (beautiful graphic novel)
Longest book: Purgatorio, by Dante – 700 pages.
Longest audio: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith – 18 hours
Funniest: The Suicide Shop, by Jean Teulé
Most tear-jerker: Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate
Most disappointing: Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Creepy: Too Dark to Sleep, by Dianne Gallagher
Eye-opener: Thirsty Dragon: China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines, by Suzanne Mustacich
Best reading companion: The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, by M.A. Orthofer
Beautiful illustrations: Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie, by Anne Martinetti
Biggest discovery: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Favorite characters of the year: Armand Gamache (Louise Penny’s series), Katie (The Sword of the Maiden), Katarina (Katarina Luther), Kek (Home of the Brave), Ged (A Wizard of Earthsea), Martin (Martin of Gfenn), Francie (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
Classics I finally got to read:
The Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene/Mildred Benson
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, by Dante Alighieri
The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
Le temps retrouvé, by Marcel Proust
The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux
Jerome K. Jerone, Three Men in a Boat
Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read (other than the classics just mentioned):
Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time: A Reader’s Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past, by Patrick Alexander
The Collected Poems, by Marcel Proust
The Word Exchange, by Alena Graedon
Which authors new to me in 2016 that I now want to keep reading?
Lebedev, Pierre Bayard, Applegate, Pandian, Ursula K. Le Guin
New Series I want to pursue:
by Fred Vargas, Sylvain Neuvel, Gigi Pandian
Best title: Thirsty Dragon (China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines), by Suzanne Mustacich
Longest book title:
The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, by M.A. Orthofer
Shortest book title: Inferno, by Dante
MORE FUN RECAP TOMORROW!