Year of reading 2016 statistics

After the list of my 2016 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then tomorrow you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2016.

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:
. 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:
[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 bookThe 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








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