2009 was the first year in which I kept a complete reading log, and I’ve been looking forward to taking a closer look at my reading habits. In other words: fun with graphs! Most of this is probably only interesting to me, but if you scroll on down to the bottom you can see a quick list of my fifteen favorite books read in 2009. One other note: I did not keep track of picture books and easy readers, so none of those will be included in this little breakdown.
Books read in 2009: 221
Of those 221, 13 were re-reads.
I started an additional 6 books that I chose not to finish. For some reason I thought this number was going to be much higher.
120 were from the library. 51 were review copies. 24 were purchased. 23 were mooched. 3 were gifts.
Of those 221 books, 195 were fiction. (Ouch! My reading goal for 2010 is definitely to add a little bit more nonfiction into that mix.)
More than 50% of the books I read in 2009 were Young Adult fiction. Here’s the full breakdown:
My most prolific reading month was June, with 21 books read. Least books read was a three-way tie between May, August, and November with 16 books read in each of those months.
While I started out the year reading almost entirely YA fiction, I’m glad to see that by the end of the year I had diversified my reading a little bit, adding more middle grade fiction and graphic novels – a habit I plan to continue into 2010! The adult books are pretty steady, as I expected – I try to read one or two adult books every month.
Taking a closer look at fiction, since that was the majority of my reading, I can see that the genre I read most was contemporary realistic fiction, with fantasy close on its heels. (Lots of these books, of course, fit in more than one category – I chose a primary category for each book.)
And finally as promised, here are my 15 favorite reads from 2009. These are not necessarily published in 2009 – I’m just going on when I read them. I did not include any re-reads in this list, and it is not in any particular order.
- Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich
- Going Bovine by Libba Bray
- The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Nonfiction 1909-1959 by Raymond Chandler
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
- Nation by Terry Pratchett
- Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
- Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Liar by Justine Larbalestier
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Chameleon by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows