2013 has had its ups and downs but my reading life was almost all wonderful. Here are some stats from this year --
I read 104 books totaling almost 30,000 pages, just behind last year's total on pages but strangely the exact same number of books.
50 books were from my TBR and 12 were rereads from my shelves. This means that 60 percent of my reading was with my own books and that's exactly where I wanted to be.
23 books were from the library, including 3 audiobooks and 3 e-books. This was a big improvement and I've had fun branching into other mediums. (I read three other non-library e-books too.)
I only read 13 review copies this year which is shockingly low but completely in line with my new choosiness. I still have a small stack to get to though so I need to be just a bit better about accepting review copies and ARCs.
I also only read 4 books in translation which I'm a bit sad about -- one Spanish, one German, one Japanese and one French. My English books were from the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
I read 33+ new-to-me authors (not sure how many more there would be from story collections).
I read 6 non-fiction books this year, two better than last year.
The oldest book I read was Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens from 1837.
I read 8 chunksters (near or over 500 pages), with Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures being the longest at 688 pages.
Now on to my favorite reads of the year --
|(shameless excuse to post a picture of Neil smiling at me -- we're bffs now)|
Likely to Be Reread the Most Times in My Life
I'm going to have to call this a tie between
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Title Length is Directly Proportional to Enjoyment Level
Another tie between Catherynne Valente and, well, Cat Valente!
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (hopefully finishing today)
Best of the Georgette Heyer Mysteries That I've Read So Far
Footsteps in the Dark
Best Bedtime Stories
(these are ones I read with Z that we both enjoyed)
Horten's Incredible Illusions - Lissa Evans
Ozma of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Cosmic - Frank Cottrell Boyce
Fortunately, The Milk - Neil Gaiman
Short Story Collections Worth Reading
(more than one, of course)
Impossible Things - Connie Willis
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron - various
Rereads That Were Better The Second+ Time
Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
A Tale of Time City - Diana Wynne Jones
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien
Stardust - Neil Gaiman
The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
(looks like Jenny's Law applies to NG as well as DWJ!)
Best Choice to Get One Interested in Audiobooks
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton
Book That Should Be Made Into a Movie
The Black Country - Alex Grecian
Everything Else That We Loved
A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Archer's Goon - Diana Wynne Jones
Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division - Peter Hook
A Death in the Small Hours - Charles Finch
The 13 Story Treehouse - Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton (Z's choice)
Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures - Walter Moers
The Star of Kazan - Eva Ibbotson
The Mapping of Love and Death - Jacqueline Winspear
The Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde
Love That Dog - Sharon Creech
Black Jack - Leon Garfield
The Agency: The Traitor in the Tunnel - Y.S. Lee
Gone Away Lake - Elizabeth Enright
The Penderwicks - Jeanne Birdsall
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
The Book of Three - Lloyd Alexander
Greenwitch - Susan Cooper
Which Witch? - Eva Ibbotson
The Asylum - John Harwood
An Old Betrayal - Charles Finch
The Watcher in the Shadows - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild
The Grey King - Susan Cooper
Thank you again to everyone for reading our blog this year and commenting and entering our giveaways and everything else. I am really looking forward to Long Awaited Reads Month in January and DWJ March in, well, March and all of Carl's challenges (Sci-Fi Experience, Once Upon a Time and Readers Imbibing Peril). I'll also be continuing with the Top 100 Chapter Books Project at The Estella Society which I am enjoying immensely. Here's to 2014!
From our TBR shelves to yours,
K and Z