Year of reading 2022 Part 2: Statistics

After the list of my 2022 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then tomorrow you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2022.

Year of reading 2022
Part 2: Statistics

I have used Book Roast’s CAWPILE, so I have even more graphs to share with you!
But she counts some things differently, so I’ll include my own graphs as needed.

With 140 books, that is, 20 more than my original goal, 2022 was a very good year of reading for me.
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 (92 in 2021!), and 48 listened to (73 in 2021) = 140 (165 in 2021), which is an average of 11.6/month (165 books in 2021, with a monthly average of 13.75).

Books read in 2022:
92
. That’s an average of 7.6/month
Total of 20,399 pages (21,654 in 2021), which is an average of 55 pages/day (59 in 2021).
That’s an average of 221 pages/book (235 in 2021).

So I tend to read shorter books.

Books listened to in 2022:
48
[73 in 2021]. This is an average of 4/month (6 in 2021)
Total of 24,600 minutes (22,153 min in 2021) with an average of 67 min/day (60 in 2021)
That’s an average of about 8.5 hours/audiobook. (5 hours/audiobook in 2021).

So, much longer audiobooks than in 2021, which makes sense,
as in 2021, I listened to a lot of Biblical books, which tend to be shorter.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

2022 Books read per month

Total books, print and audio

2022 Pages read per month

2022 Average pages per day

With only 6 months above an average of 50 pages/day, not as impressive as 2021.

2022 Hours listened per month

2022 average minutes per day

Definitely happy here, with 8 months having an average of over 60 minutes per day – it means the house should be rather clean, as I only listen to audio books while doing house chores and gardening.

2022 genre

Nice diversity, getting more balanced.
With a major increase in scifi (double)
and children’s lit (five times more, mostly classics)

2022 format

Here again, things get more balanced.
Less audio, more ebooks.

2022 authors

11% more 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

2022 nationality

Exact same number of nationalities as last year,
but with different countries.

2022 languages

English books are less than 50%. See details below.
One more language than last year, as I read my first book in Italian.

In translation: 31 [52 in 2021 – due to Biblical books] 22% of all books read

  • 16 from the Japanese
  • 4 from the French
  • 4 from the Russian
  • 23 from the Spanish
  • 1 from the Chinese
  • 1 from the German
  • 1 from the Norwegian
  • 1 from the Swedish

In original language other than English: 41 – 29% of all books read
40 in French
1 in Italian

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Out of a Total of 115 authors (105 in 2021)
59 were new to me (51%. It was 50% in 2021)

Books by the same author: 41 [69 in 2021]:
6 by Georges Simenon
5 by T.H. White
4 by Michel bussi
2 by Haruki Murakami, Yukio Mishima, Keigo Higashino,
Guy de Maupassant, Marc Levy, Jules Verne, Serge Joncour, René Barjavel,
David Foenkinos, Laurent Gounelle,
Diane Setterfield, Dorothy Gilman, Josephine Tey

8 Re-Reads: [28 in 2021, because of my Biblical project] 5%
Mostly read with French students
Le Pays où l’on n’arrive jamais, by André Dhôtel
Le Horla et autres nouvelles, by Maupassant
Cyrano de Bergerac, by Rostand
Le Grand Meaulnes, by Alain-Fournier
De la Terre à la Lune, by Jules Verne
Le Petit Prince, by Saint-Exupéry
Human Nature, by Serge Joncour (read before in French)
Beginning to Pray, by Anthony Bloom, read twice in 2022

2022 publication year

Only 22% of very recent books, less and less every year.
Many more from the 19th century than before.

Oldest: The Year of My Life, by Issa Kobayashi (1852)
Newest: Progress Report, by Roman Lando, December 9, 2022

2022 source

Most books bought are part of my EStories audio subscription,
and books that have been on my TBR for a while.

About same balance as last year

33 countries these books led me to (24 last year):
France (37), US (30)
England (23), Japan (21)
6 books set in Russia
5 in space (one of these was on the moon)
4 in Antarctica
3 in Canada, Israel, Italy
2 in Argentina
1 in Scotland, Sweden, Norway,  Lithuania, Belarus, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, China, Tibet, India, New Zealand, Australia.
Plus in Persia, on an island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, in an unidentified desert, in the Amazonia region, around the Panama canal, and somehwre on Earth after some type of apocalyptic event.

I visited 10 US States:
Arkansas, California (5), Colorado, Florida, Illinois (2), Mississippi, Minnesota,
New York (2), Vermont, and Washington (2)

Shortest book: Dojoji, by Yukio Mishima –  33 pages
12 books under 100 pages – mosly novellas and children’s books

Longest book: Ensemble, c’est tout, by Anna Gavalda 574 pages
7 books over 400 pages

Shortest audiobook:
The Story of the Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke – 53 minutes

Longest audiobook:
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils/ The Further Adventures, by Selma Lagerlöf – 17H06

Funniest: Revenge of the Libraries, by Tom Gauld

Most Unique Books:
The Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Bulgakov:

“A rich, successful Moscow professor befriends a stray dog, whom he names Sharik, and attempts a scientific first by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased man”.
The Cloven Discount, by Italo Calvino:
This is a very weird (and hilarious too) book, about a viscount (and the narrator’s uncle), who gets split into two by a cannonball during battle. So now, we have two viscounts, a good one and a bad one. The story follows both, and makes us reflect I believe on human nature.

Most tearjerker: The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico

Most disappointing: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin

Creepy: The Last House on Needless Street, by Catriona Ward

Eye-opener: Digital Hell: The Inner Workings of a “like”, by Guillaume Pitron

Best reading companions:
Agatha Christie Poirot, by Mark Aldridge
Cliffs Notes on The Sound and the Fury, by James Roberts

Beautiful illustrations:
A Brush With Birds: Paintings and Stories from the Wild, by Richard Weatherly
Red is my Heart, by Antoine Laurain

Biggest discovery:
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, by Isabella Lucy Bird

Favorite characters of the year:
Bastien (Entre eux mondes), Laurus (Laurus), Mary (Jamaica Inn),
Alexandre (Human Nature), Vadassy (Epitaph for a Spy),
Raymond McPheron (Eventide), Dilsey (The Sound and the Fury),
Philip and Fritha (The Snow Goose)

Classics I finally got to read:
I read 71 classics, that is 50% of all my 2022 books.
Check my 3rd (tab “sheet 1) and 4th list (tab “sheet 4”) of the Google doc

posted in this post, for the Classics Club.
The ones with the red margins are the ones I read – with the date.

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read
(other than the classics just mentioned):
Thomas Jefferson’s Crème brûlée, by Thomas J. Craughwell
Le Voyage d’Octavio, by Miguel Bonnefoy
Eventide, by Kent Haruf
Ensemble, c’est tout, by Anna Gavalda
Wanderlust: A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit
Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami
A is For Alibi, by Sue Grafton
This Holy Man: Impressions of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, by Gillian Crow
The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin
Laurus, by Eugene Vodolazkin

Which authors new to me in 2021 that I now want to keep reading?
Eric Ambler, Isabella Lucy Bird, John Buchan, Blake Crouch, David Foenkinos,
Paul Gallico, Anna Katharine Green, Alexander Grin, Kanae Minato, E. Nesbit, Guillaume Pitron, Ellery Queen, Rex Stout, Josephine Tey, Bernard Werber,
Cornell Woolrich

I have read more books from series than I thought:

2022 series

From the new ones started this year (18 series),
I want to keep reading books coming after:
The Three-Body Problem, Les Fourmis, The Man in the Queue, Fer-de-Lance,
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, The Roman Hat Mystery, The 39 Steps,
The Leathenworth Case, The Story of the Treasure Seekers

Best title:
It Can’t Happen Here

Longest book title:
Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America

Shortest book title:
NOA, by Marc Levy

MORE FUN RECAP TOMORROW!

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2022: March wrap-up

MARCH 2022 WRAP-UP

March was a very hard month, with the situation in Ukraine. It was harder to take time to read – plus very busy work (lots of new French students!) and Church schedule.
I managed to read as many books as in February, but much shorter books.
I actually listened to one extra book, as I took time to listen to audiobooks while coloring books, to try to get stress relief.
I didn’t visit as many blogs as usual, and I have been very late in reading your comments, even though I so much appreciate you taking time to leave meaningful comments.

📚 Here is what I read in March:

13 books:
9 in print 
with 14,439 pages, a daily average of 46 pages/day
4 in audio
= 36H53
, a daily average of 1H11

5 in mystery:

  1. The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain – read with the Goodreads Mystery, Crime, and Thriller group 
  2. Le Fou de Bergerac (Maigret #16), by Georges Simenon – read with a French student
  3. The Clairvoyant Countess, by Dorothy Gilman – audiobook
  4. A Nun in the Closet, by Dorothy Gilman – audiobook
  5. L’Aiguille creuse (Arsène Lupin #3), by Maurice Leblanc – audiobook

2 in literary fiction:

  1. The Box Man, by Kobo Abe
  2. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez

2 in poetry:

  1. River of Stars, by Yosano Akiko
  2. The Year of my Life, by Issa Kobayashi

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore – audiobook
  2. After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War – received for review through Netgalley

2 in picture book:

  1. Love in the Library, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Yas Imamura
  2. The Night Gardener, by the Fan Brothers

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Love in the Time of Cholera  The Year of My Life

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 113/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 0/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 13/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 40/120 (33%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 7

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These last two weeks have been tough and very busy too.
So I didn’t post last Sunday, and not much since either.
And slow reading, only 3 books finished in 2 weeks, instead of the usual 3 per week…

Yesterday, for our cultural breakfast, we washed Episode 5 of The Blue Planet documentary.

Since my last post, on my 3 blogs:

📚  JUST READ 🎧 

Love in the Time of Cholera

📚  Love in the Time of the Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez
Published in 1985
Read for The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

Fabulous ! About love, hope, nostalgia. And many vices as well!
Florentino and Fermina fall in love in their teens, but Fermina ends up marrying someone else.
Still, Florentino doesn’t despair and waits…
I won’t say more.
The writing is fabulous, with excellent descriptions of characters and background, and even hilarious passages (on a parrot, for instance).
Wonderful analysis of characters, with all their qualities and dark sides. Florentino, among others, is definitely not a saint, and there are some reprehensible parts in his life. But it doesn’t negate the fact that Garcia Marquez is a stunning author.
I also liked how he evoked life passing by.
I shared on Instagram a short passage I really liked.

I would like to add that this book is very different in style and content from One Hundred Years of Solitude, where you have a long saga over generations. None of that here, and the story is very easy to follow. So if you were discouraged by it, give a chance to Love in the Time of Cholera.

The Clairvoyant Countess

🎧  The Clairvoyant Countess, by Dorothy Gilman
240 pages/6H48
Narrated by Ruth Ann Phimister

Published in 1975
Mystery/Paranormal

I so enjoyed Gilman’s series with Mrs Pollifax, so I decided to listen to this one.
Madame Karitska is a very kind, human, and compassionate woman, just like Emily Pollifax.
This was a neat book, easy but with richly depicted characters.
And we have here a very unusual duo: Madame Karitska is a clairvoyant, who can “read” your life by holding an object you own. With her talents, she helps Detective Pruden, who is at first very skeptic, as his last name seems to hint. Then a nice friendship develops between them. The book is a collection of cases they solve together.
After reading a heavy and dark nonfiction, this positive audiobook was quite refreshing.
The narrator is not the fabulous Barbara Rosenblat (Emily Pollifax), but Ruth Ann Phimister, who is just as excellent!

A Nun in the Closet🎧  A Nun in the Closet, by Dorothy Gilman
224 pages/6H37
Narrated by Roslyn Alexander

Published in 1975
Cozy Mystery

And then I listened to the last audiobook that had been on my audio shelf for a while!

This was quite enjoyable.
The abbey receives the anonymous gift of an old mansion. Two sisters are sent there to see what the house looks like. When the two sisters arrive, they discover a wounded person there. Their trip now gets filled with all kinds of unexpected adventures and meetings…
Great plot, with a couple of strong willed and smart nuns.
Some passages are very funny too.
The neat thing too is that it’s presented with lots of respect for religion. Sister John’s strong faith is often highlighted.
Alas, our society has changed a lot, and I doubt anyone would write that type of stories today, highlighting the same Christian values in a mystery.

📚  CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO 🎧 

  After the Romanovs    The Year of My Life     

L'Aiguille creuse

📚  After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War, by Helen Rappaport
March 8th 2022 by St. Martin’s Press
Ecopy received for review

Really enjoying the author’s writing. Full of lots of information. Some passages are so awfully close to what our current world is going through right now…

Paris has always been a city of cultural excellence, fine wine and food, and the latest fashions. But it has also been a place of refuge for those fleeing persecution, never more so than before and after the Russian Revolution and the fall of the Romanov dynasty. For years, Russian aristocrats had enjoyed all that Belle Époque Paris had to offer, spending lavishly when they visited. It was a place of artistic experimentation, such as Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. But the brutality of the Bolshevik takeover forced Russians of all types to flee their homeland, sometimes leaving with only the clothes on their backs.
Arriving in Paris, former princes could be seen driving taxicabs, while their wives who could sew worked for the fashion houses, their unique Russian style serving as inspiration for designers like Coco Chanel. Talented intellectuals, artists, poets, philosophers, and writers struggled in exile, eking out a living at menial jobs. Some, like Bunin, Chagall and Stravinsky, encountered great success in the same Paris that welcomed Americans like Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Political activists sought to overthrow the Bolshevik regime from afar, while double agents from both sides plotted espionage and assassination. Others became trapped in a cycle of poverty and their all-consuming homesickness for Russia, the homeland they had been forced to abandon.
This is their story.
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📚 The Year of My Life, by Kobayashi Issa
Published in 1973
Reading for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

An autobiography in haibun – a mixed form of haiku and prose.
I am still in the (excellent) introduction for now. I only found it as a pdf, and I can’t highlight passages, so I take many notes on paper, which slows down the reading.

🎧 L’Aiguille creuse, by Maurice Leblanc
Published in English as The Hollow Needle
224 pages/7H36
Narrated by Philippe Colin

Published in 1909
Mystery

I started listening to Code Lupin, by Michel Bussi. Then I quickly realized it was focusing on L’Aiguille creuse [The Hollow Needle]. I had only read the first book on Arsène Lupin, so I decided to stop Bussi to listen to this classic first. It’s actually #3 in the Arsène Lupin series.
A succession of events lead to a mysterious castle. The whole plot focuses on a battle of the minds between the brilliant Arsène Lupin and Isidore, a young student in rhetoric.
The style is older of course (1909), and sometimes over dramatic, but still I am enjoying the plot and the characters. There are funny references to “Herlock Sholmes”, lol. Hmm, I see that in the English translation, they twisted it into Holmlock Shears. Too bad.
I was surprised when I understood the meaning of the title, which of course cannot actually be properly translated inti English.
The narrator is great at doing so many different voices. There are also background sound effects, like for a play.

📚  BOOK UP NEXT 📚 

La Nuit des temps

📚 La Nuit des temps, by René Barjavel
Published in English as The Ice People
Published in 1968
Will be reading with one of my French students
and for The Classics Club
Science fiction

One of my French students likes science fiction, so we are going to read this classic together. I will probably start reading it tonight.
Here is for you the official synopsis in English, which reveals too much, as too often:

“When a French expedition in Antarctica reveals ruins of a 900,000 year old civilization, scientists from all over the world flock to the site to help explore & understand. The entire planet watches via global satellite tv, mesmerized, as they uncover a chamber in which a man & a woman have been in suspended animation since, as the French title suggests, ‘the night of time’. The woman, Eléa, is awakened. Thru a translating machine she tells the story of her world, herself & her husband Paikan & how war destroyed her civilization. She also hints at an incredibly advanced knowledge her still-dormant companion possesses, knowledge that could give energy & food to all humans at no cost. But the superpowers of the world are not ready to let Eléa’s secrets spread, & show that, 900,000 years & an apocalypse later, humankind has not grown up & is ready to make the same mistakes again.”

📚  LAST BOOK ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR 📚 

Le Manteau de Fortuny

📚  Le Manteau de Fortunyby Gérard Macé
Nonfiction – I think
Published in 2016

A kind of variation on the world of Proust.

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