Year of reading 2021 Part 2: Statistics

After the list of my 2021 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then tomorrow you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2021.

Year of reading 2021
Part 2: Statistics

Covid-19 disrupted the reading life of several book bloggers.
2020 was my best year of reading ever, and 2021 made that completely explode!
Go figure.

Let’s look at it more closely.

My total numbers of books read/listened to is actually the highest ever since I have started tracking it seriously through Goodreads and Google sheets:
92 books reads (90 in 2019), and 73 listened to (47 in 2020) = 165, which is an average of 13.75/month (123 books in 2020, with a monthly average of 10.25).

Books read in 2021:
. That’s an average of 7.6/month
Total of 21,654 pages (20,317 in 2020), which is an average of 59 pages/day (55 in 2020).
That’s an average of 235 pages/book (267 in 2020).

So I tend to read shorter books, but with a few huge books.

Books listened to in 2021:
[47 in 2020]. This is an average of 6/month (3.9 in 2020)
Total of 22,153 minutes (16,937 min in 2020) with an average of 60 min/day (46 in 2020)
That’s an average of about 5 hours/audiobook. (6 hours/audiobook in 2020).

As you can see, the major difference is another explosion in audiobooks:
from 2018-2019: 67% increase in audiobooks!
from 2019-2020: 55% increase!
Mostly thanks to my two audiobooks projects:

listening to the Old Testament and to the whole Hercule Poirot canon, as I did for Sherlock Holmes.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

2021 pages_dayIn 2020, I had 4 months with an average of under 40 pages/day,
and never reached an average of 80.

in 2021: 3 months under 50, and 3 months above 80!

2021 minutes_dayIn 2020: 1 month with an average above 70 minutes/day
In 2021: 4 months above 70
And beside June, it was quite steady and consistent

2021 Genre

Nice diversity. About the same as last year.

2021 formatExact same print percentage as last year.
But 16% more audiobooks!

2021 authors

10% less female authors than last year.
Male/female doesn’t matter for me,
as long as they know how to write well!
The diversity that counts for me is country of origin
and languages, as you can see below

2021 authors nationality

1 less nationality than last year,
still I’m happy with 16.
Hebrew nationality jumped from 14 to 22, because of OT authors

2021 languages

See details here below.
Glad to see that English books are less than 50%

In translation: 52 [48 in 2020]:

  • 23 from the Hebrew
  • 18 from the Japanese
  • 3 from the French
  • 3 from the Greek
  • 2 from the Spanish
  • 1 from the German
  • 1 from the Arabic (the chart should say 1%)
  • 1 from the Swedish

33 in original language: in French (29 in 2020)

Out of a Total of 105 authors (79 in 2020)
53 were new to me (50%. It was 43% in 2020)

Books by the same author: 69 [50 in 2020]
(which goes along with the above number):
32 by Agatha Christie
4 by Tanizaki and by Georges Simenon
3 by Natsume Soseki, Eugène Sue, Sébastien Japrisot
2 by Michel Bussi, Haruki Murakami, Nnedi Okorafor, Sylvain Forge, Salman Rushdie, Richard Wright, Patrick Modiano, George Perec, Natsu Hyuuga, Dennis Day.

28 Re-Reads:
24 Bible books
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Rue des Boutiques Obscures, by Modiano
Le Créa, by Soyez
Oscar et la dame rose, by Schmitt

2021 publication year

Wow, only 35% of very recent books.
I read 91 classics, that is 55% of all my 2021 books

Oldest: The Book of Provers (8th BC)
Newest: Noor, November 16, 2021.

2021 source

Most books bought are part of my EStories audio subscription.
4% less books received for review than last year,
preferring to go with books on my shelf
or at
my public library (10% increase!!
Among the free books are a lot of audio through youtube

24 countries these books led me to (33 last year):
France (39), England (30)
Israel (25), US (23), Japan (20)
Japan (18), Israel (15), England (15), US (12)
5 were set in Egypt
3 in India, Italy, Russia, space!
2 in China, Switzerland, Greece
1 Nigeria, Namibia, Algeria, Jordan, Iraq, Papua New Guinea, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Canada, Australia
Plus two in the old Babylonian empire and i in an imaginary country

I also visited 12 US States:
Arizona, Illinois (2), Iowa, Michigan, Montana, New York (3), Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin

Shortest book: Gaspard, by Dennis Day –  23 pages

Longest book: Termination Shock, by Neal Stephenson 896 pages

Shortest audiobook: The Book of Obadia – 4 minutes

Longest audiobook: Les deux châteaux (N.E.O. #2), by Michel Bussi – 16H20

Funniest: The Labors of Hercules (Hercule Poirot #27), by Agatha Christie

Most Unique Book: La Disparition, by Georges Perec (great story without ever using the letter e. Available in English translation, with the same feat!: A Void)

Most tearjerker: The Romanov Sisters, by Helen Rappaport

Most disappointing: The Islanders, by Christopher Priest,
I had expected a lot from this one, and didn’t understand a thing!

Creepy: The Black Lizard/Beast in the Shadows, by Edogawa Rampo

Eye-opener: The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power, by Roger Duncan & Michael E. Webber

Best reading companions:
Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, by Alice Kaplan
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, by George Saunders

Beautiful illustrations: The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess, by Tom Gauld

Biggest discovery: Haiku: This Other World, by Richard Wright

Favorite characters of the year:
Binti, Shinji+Hatsue (The Sound of Waves), Megumi (Hikikomori and the Rental Sister), DNA (Noor), Oscar (scar et la dame rose), Rodolphe (Les Mystères de Paris), Sachi+Matsu (The Samurai’s Garden), Brother Edik (The Beatryce Prophecy), Rose (Une Rose seule)

Classics I finally got to read:
I read 91 classics, that is 55% of all my 2021 books
Beside the Bible (Old and New Testaments):
The Sound of Waves, by Yukio Mishima
The Old Capital, by Yasunari Kawabata
Le Village aux Huit Tombes, by Seishi Yokomizo
The Black Lizard/Beast in the Shadows, by Edogawa Rampo
Double Indemnity, by James M. Cain
The Swedish Cavalier, by Leo Perutz
Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz
The Invention of Morel, by Adolfo Bioy Casares
A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh
Les Mystères de Paris, Tome 1-3, by Eugène Sue
Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges
Sur la lecture, by Marcel Proust
History in English Words, by Owen Barfield
The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
The Half-Finished Heaven, by Tomas Tranströmer
Alphabet, by Paul Valéry
Haiku: This Other World, by Richard Wright
3 books by Sébastien Japrisot
3 books by Natsume Soseki
4 books by Junichiro Tanizaki
4 books by Simenon
32 books by Agatha Christie

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read (other than the classics just mentioned):
Hikikomori and the Rental Sister, by Jeff Backhaus
L’Archipel d’une autre vie, by Andreï Makine
The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
The Grid, by Philip Kerr
Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, by Alice Kaplan
The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy
Un Trou dans la toile, by Luc Chomarat
A Fine Line, by Dan Burns
The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama

Which authors new to me in 2021 that I now want to keep reading?
Sébastien Japrisot, Robert MacFarlane, Kate DiCamillo, Gail Tsukiyama, Michael Crighton, Yukio Mishima, Edogawa Rampo, James M. Cain

New Series I want to pursue:
Constance (Constance #1), by Matthew FitzSimmons
Les Mystères de Paris, Tome 1-3, by Eugène Sue

Best title:
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Longest book title:
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, by George Saunders

Shortest book title:
NP, by Banana Yoshimoto








2021: December wrap-up


Another great reading month to end the year!
In 2022, I plan to focus almost exclusively on my TBRs, and I started to do that a bit in December, with some very enjoyable titles.

Lots of things on the blog as well:

And I have tried writing at least a few words after most of the books I read – definitely a trend I want to follow in 2022!

📚 Here is what I read in December:

15 books:
8 in print 
with 1,217 pages, a daily average of 39 pages/day
7 in audio
= 40H13
, a daily average of 1H17

5 in literary fiction:

  1. Oscar et la dame rose, by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt – reread to prepare a French student for the IB exam
  2. Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges – for The Classics Club
  3. Les Mystères de Paris, Tome 2, by Eugène Sue – audio for The Classics Club
  4. Les Mystères de Paris, Tome 3, by Eugène Sue – audio for The Classics Club
  5. Une Rose seule, by Muriel Barbery – audio

4 in mystery:

  1. L’Ombre chinoise (Inspecteur Maigret #13), by Georges Simenon – read with a French student – for The Classics Club
  2. Regarder le Noir, by various authors – audio
  3. Sauve-la, by Sylvain Forge – audio
  4. The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie – video/text for The Classics Club

3 in children books:

  1. The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess, by Tom Gauld
  2. Watercress, by Andrea Wang
  3. The Beatryce Prophecy, by Kate DiCamillo

2 in historical fiction:

  1. Katherine’s Wish, by Linda Lappin – for review for France Book Tours
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  2. The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama

1 in scifi:

  1. Noor, by Nnedi Okorafor


  Une Rose seule  The Samurai's Garden


Classics Club: 97/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books
#20BooksofSummer21: 37/20 books
Total of books read in 2021 = 165/120 (137.5%)

Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 33



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I plan to read in December 2021

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This month, I think I’m going to slowly venture towards what could be my 2022 reading journey: mostly focusing on my various TBRs.


  Katherine's Wish    Ficciones

📚 Katherine’s Wish, by Linda Lappin
Re-released in 2021. Review copy received through France Book Tours.
Click here to get your own copy (you can review it in your own time).

“In this dramatic, fictional retelling of New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield‘s final years, and of the events which led up to her meeting with P.D. Ouspensky and G. I Gurdjieff, novelist Linda Lappin transports the reader like a time traveler into Mansfield’s intimate world.
Scrupulously researched and richly evocative, the novel has been praised by Mansfield scholars as “creative scholarship.”
With vivid detail and beautiful language and style, Lappin has built on journals, letters, and diaries to fashion a true-to-life mosaic, using themes, motifs, and methods of Mansfield’s own writing.
Katherine’s Wish celebrates Mansfield’s deep love of life and its final message is a life-affirming one of joy and of wholeness achieved.”

📚  Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges
Published in 1944
Started reading with The World’s Literature Goodreads Club, it was their October selection.
I will keep reading. It counts for The Classics Club and the Books in Translation Challenge.

“The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges’s genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal’s abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return. To enter the worlds in Ficciones is to enter the mind of Jorge Luis Borges, wherein lies Heaven, Hell, and everything else in between.”


  L'ombre chinoise   Dictionnaire amoureux du polar

The Blackhouse

📚 L’ombre chinoise (Inspector Maigret #13), by Georges Simenon 
Published in 1932. Translated as The Shadow Puppet
Will be reading in French with one of my French students, and for The Classics Club

“Gripping domestic tragedy, set in Simenon’s very own neighborhood.
One by one the lighted windows went dark. The silhouette of the dead man could still be seen through the frosted glass like a Chinese shadow puppet. A taxi pulled up. It wasn’t the public prosecutor yet. A young woman crossed the courtyard with hurried steps, leaving a whiff of perfume in her wake. Summoned to the dimly-lit Place des Vosges one night, where he sees shadowy figures at apartment windows, Maigret uncovers a tragic story of desperate lives, unhappy families, addiction and a terrible, fatal greed.

📚 Dictionnaire amoureux du polar, by Pierre Lemaitre
Published on October 22, 2020

I can’t believe I started reading this book last February. I loved it, but then other more urgent things came up. Time to finish it!
Lemaitre, a very renowned author of thrillers (see for instance Three Days and a Life – highly recommended) himself, shares his love of the genre by presenting other authors, books, and themes related to it.
His comments are not too academic, I like the style, and I am listing all kinds of books I want to try!

📚 The Black House (Lewis Trilogy #1), by Peter May
Published on 2/1/2011

This is one of the 3 books I planned to read last summer and never did. Really looking forward to it, as I enjoyed a lot Coffin Road.

“A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith.
Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past.
Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister.
As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface, and soon he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.”


Noor  Les Mystères de Paris 2

🎧 Noor, by Nnedi Okorafor
Published on 11/9/2021 – Audiobook received through

I really enjoyed a lot the Binti trilogy by this author. This is also African futurism – a mix of science-fiction and African culture. Quite unique and fascinating!

From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria.
Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt…natural, and that’s putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was wrong. But she lived. Then came the car accident years later that disabled her even further. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong.
Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist and the saga of the wicked woman and mad man unfold. This fast-paced, relentless journey of tribe, destiny, body, and the wonderland of technology revels in the fact that the future sometimes isn’t so predictable. Expect the unaccepted.

🎧  Les Mystères de Paris, volume 2, by Eugène Sue
Translated as: The Mysteries of Paris

Published in 1843 – French audiobook, for The Classics Club. 

I listened to book 1 in September and really loved it. It’s fun to see what Victor Hugo took from it and how he transformed it.

“The brilliant epic novel that inspired Les Misérables.
From July 1842 through October 1843, Parisians rushed to the newspaper each week for the latest instalment of Eugene Sue’s The Mysteries of Paris, one of France’s first serial novels. The suspenseful story of Rodolphe, a magnetic hero of noble heart and shadowy origins, played out over ninety issues, garnering wild popularity and leading many to call it the most widely read novel of the 19th century. Sue’s novel created the city mystery genre and inspired a raft of successors, including Les Miserables and The Count of Monte Cristo.
Sensational, steamy, tightly-plotted, pulpy, proto-socialist, heartbreaking, and riveting, The Mysteries of Paris is doubtless one of the most entertaining and influential works to emerge from the 19th century.”

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