01 January 2010

2009 Book Stats

For those of you who want a little more visual representation of my reading in 2009.

Total books read: 52

I read a lot in June. November was abysmal. December was catch-up time.

This year, I read a lot of series books and multiple books by the same author. There were eight authors for which I read at least two books. Some of these were books in a series. Others were not.
I was really proud of myself this year. About a third of the books I read were non-fiction. I feel like I learned a ton from the non-fictions that I read. Some were more dense and difficult to get through than others, but overall, I'm glad that I've rediscovered non-fiction.

Seven of the books I read this year were with my carpool buddy. They include:
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  6. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
My top five suggestions for the year:
  1. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  2. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism by Gregory A. Prince and William Robert Wright
  5. The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Do you have any idea how hard it was to just choose five?

What are the top 10% of the books you read this year? (Ahem, this means if you read fewer than ten books, you are not allowed to recommend. How else am I to maintain my intellectual elitism?) Fine, if you've read fewer than ten, you may recommend one. Not that I have to read it. I'm just curious.

Also, just so you know, only fourteen of the books from this year were ones I had read before. Only 3.8% were audio-books, which is quite different from last year's 38%.


Jessica Leigh said...

Sherry! I love that I found this...because I always love suggestions :)

I'm going to start keeping a list of the books I've read...

If I were to give YOU a suggestion off the top of my head, I'd say THE HELP (Kathryn Stockett).

Oh, and for a super quick youth series: PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (Rick Riordan)...maybe it's the Elementary Teacher in me, but I definitely wish they had been around when I was in 6th grade doing mythology! (Mind you, I've always enjoyed mythology, these just put it all together in a new way...and sent me searching for my HS mythology book [By Edith Hamilton] to reread :) )

Lizzy Lambson said...

Okay, I'm ashamed to say I didn't read very much last year. But my favorite for conversation was Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Jenny said...

Most interesting book:
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verguese
This might prove excellent brain food for you and your carpooling buddy! I love it. A bit intense though, and long-ish, but couldn't really have been done shorter.
Funnest book:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. LOVED it!
Happy New Reading!
And wow--pie charts on the blog!