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Looking Back: 2007

December 31, 2007

It’s that time of year.  :)  When I look back at all the books I’ve experienced, and when I can play with all the fun statistics.  It’s also when I dust off those resolutions I made last January, and see how good a girl I was. ;)  First, the numbers (I might get one more book read today, in which case I’ll just adjust).

Total: 205
Non-Fic: 56
Audio: 14
New Authors: 139
Women Authors: 95
International Authors (to me, outside of the US and England): 34
Translated Books: 15
Classics: 17
Mysteries: 27
YA: 19
African Lit: 1
East Asian Lit: 8
Auto/Bios/Memoirs Read: 16
Five Star Books: 52
One or Two Star Books: 24
So, about a quarter of the books I read were non-fiction, which while nowhere near my resolution of (3:2) wasn’t too shabby for me.  I’m very happy about the amount of women authors I read-46%.  I tend to gravitate towards the men (no clue why), so I’ve been trying to keep it more balanced this year.  I’m less happy about only 16% international authors.  I thought I’d been doing a better job about diversifying my reading, but I guess it turns out old habits are hard to break!  Eventually, I’d like to get it up to 50% international, but I’m sure that’ll take a few years.  I’m also shocked at how few classics I read: 17, or 8%.  I think of myself as someone who really enjoys classics, so I’m surprised by how infrequently I actually reach for them.  Other than that, I feel pretty good about my stats.

Did I fulfill my resolutions?  I made six:
Record all books read. Check.
Read enough nonfiction to keep my fic:nonfic ratio 3:2. Nope. However, did keep higher than 3:1, which is good.
Read ten auto/biographies. Check.
Read more African and East Asian lit. Did well on the Asian side, not so well on African side.
Keep this blog up to date. Check.
Participate in some online blogging challenges. Check.
So, I kept most of them! I do need to work on African lit, but it’s difficult, since the library and bookmooch tend not to have any, and I don’t have a ton of money to spend on books.

Finally, I’d like to look at my blogging stats.
Reviews Published (books): 121
Reviews Published (short stories): 28
Entries Made: 230
Challenges Completed: 15
Challenges Participated In: 20
Challenges Abandoned Permanently: 2 (both personal ones, not community-wide)
Not too shabby for a first year…I posted 63% of the year and reviewed 59% of the books I read. There was a decided shift for me in August-suddenly, I started posting almost every day and began reviewing a lot more of the books. Since it’s been about six months and, except for the Sans Internet Period, I’ve been good about posting regularly and reviewing books, I expect next year those numbers will be higher. :)

Well, that’s that. Tomorrow, I’ll share with my 2008 resolutions, all of the challenges I’ve decided to do (you might have noticed in my sidebar I’ve ended by challenge hiatus), and celebrate my one-year anniversary with a book giveaway or two!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. caribousmom permalink
    December 31, 2007 10:17 pm

    Very impressive, Eva! Congratulations on a terrific year of reading!

  2. January 1, 2008 7:07 am

    Those are some impressive stats! I love how detailed they are; maybe I’ll borrow the idea next year.

    I know you wanted to read more non-fiction, but 56 books is quite impressive. You don’t want to know how many of my books were non-fiction :P That’s something I’ll really have to improve this year.

    The amount of international authors is not bad at all either. Like you said, reading authors from certain parts of the world can be tricky, because their books are not easy to find. Still, I think you did really well!

  3. January 1, 2008 7:33 am

    Very impressive stats! I think your nonfiction number is quite impressive.

  4. January 1, 2008 11:08 am

    That’s a lot of books read! I had hoped that 25% of my books were non-fic, and didn’t make it (17%), so I think you’re doing quite well!

    Happy New Year!

  5. January 1, 2008 2:14 pm

    Caribou’s Mom, thanks! Just to let you know, your name isn’t linking to your blog, but I made it there anyway. Is the adorable puppy Caribou?

    Nymeth, I borrowed some of the detail stuff from some of the other blogs I saw. Makes it fun! I’m come to peace with my non-fiction percentage, as long as I can keep it there.

    Dorothy, thanks! In August, I suddenly realised I hadn’t read nearly enough non-fic, so I kicked my butt into gear and made myself read 6-7 non-fic a month. I’m hoping to make it a habit!

    Alisia, thanks! Happy New Year to you as well. You’re close enough with your percentages, and you have a new baby. I’m impressed!

  6. January 1, 2008 4:47 pm

    That’s a lot of books! I like how you broke it down; it’s so much fun to do at the end of the year and to see what other people are tracking. I’m impressed at how many non-fic you read. I’m a total fiction junkie.

  7. January 1, 2008 9:14 pm

    Melanie, I am too. :) I worked hard to increase my non-fic stats, but I also realised that I enjoy well written non-fic just as much as fiction! I still don’t reach for it automatically though.

  8. January 2, 2008 7:52 am

    Wow, what impressive stats! Congratulations on you blog anniversary!

  9. caribousmom permalink
    January 3, 2008 9:12 pm

    Eva – huh…that is strange…I don’t have a wordpress account, so maybe that’s the problem …but here is the link for future reference:

    And yes, that is Caribou…when she was all of 8 weeks old. She’s 10 now, but still adorable (I’m just a tad bit biased *grins*)


  10. January 3, 2008 11:12 pm

    Tara, thanks!

    Wendy, thanks for the link. :) It’s not a big deal-just wanted to let you know in case you hadn’t realised it!


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