Thursday 2 January 2014

Statistics 2013

Last year, I saw someone publishing statistics about the kind of books they read
I followed that idea and made my own list which you can see here.

And these are the results of my reading lists for 2013:

* Statistics 2013 *

I took part in three online challenges,
Chunky: My final result is now 36 chunky books, 13 of them super chunky. I think I can easily say I have reached my "goal" of 8 and 3. ;-)
I read 109 books which resulted in €218 for spend for something nice.
21 books from the UK (of which 19 from England, 1 from Northern Ireland, 1 from Wales)
17 from Germany
6 from France and Spain/Catalonia
4 from Turkey
3 from Italy and Russia
2 from the Netherlands and Ukraine
1 each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, and Switzerland

Books Read: 109
Pages read: 41,556 pages = 1134 pages/day

Books dating from which year:
Pre 1800s: 10
1800s: 5
1900-1949: 5
1950-1999: 31
2000s: 59 (5 of which from 2013)

Male Authors: 68
Female Authors: 399

Nobel Prize Winners: 8

Fiction: 85
Non-Fiction: 22

Chunky Books - more than 450 pages: 28, more than 750: 13
Oldest Book:
Homer "Odyssey" (Greek: Ομήρου Οδύσσεια, Odýsseia) - 800-600 BC
Newest Book:
Hosseini, Khaled "And the Mountains Echoed" - 2013
Longest Book:
Cervantes, Miguel de "Don Quixote, vols. 1 and 2" (Spanish: El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quijote von der Mancha) - 1605/1615 - 1488 pages
Shortest Book:
Neville, Henry "The Isle of Pines" - 1668 - 26 pages
Funniest Book:
Rosendorfer, Herbert "Briefe in die chinesische Vergangenheit" (Letters Back to Ancient China) - 1983
Saddest Book:
Shriver, Lionel "We need to talk about Kevin" - 2003
Weirdest Book:
Kerouac, Jack "On the Road" - 1951
New author (for me) that I would like to read more from: Maria Barbal i Farré

Translated Books: 21
5 from Spanish
2 each from Catalan, Latin, Russian, and Turkish
1 each from Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
Books read in another language:
22 German, 5 French, 2 Dutch
Goal for next year: Just enjoy my books.
Numbers in Book Titles: 1, 451

Place Names in Book Titles:
America, Argentina (Argentinien), Atlantis, Bloomsbury Street, Charing Cross Road, Chinese, England, Germany (Deutschland), London, Paris, Rothschildallee, Russia, Shanghai, Utopia
Names in Book titles:
Cain, Cal, Charles Dickens, Don Quixote, Ed King, Egil, Elizabeth, Fahrenheit, Gebelawi, Heydrich, Himmler, Hitler, Jane Austen, Jesus, Jonathan Strange, Kevin, Lehmann, Marina, Maya, Miss Marple, Mr. Norrell, Ngono Mefane, Quixote, Rembrandt, Robinson Crusoe, Schindler, Tevje, Tristram Shandy, Zuckerman

My Favourite Books:
Allende, Isabel "Maya's Notebook" (El Cuaderno de Maya)
Bernières, Louis de "Birds without Wings"
Dostoevsky, Fyodor "Crime and Punishment" (Преступление и наказание)
Ghosh, Amitav "River of Smoke" (Ibis Trilogy #2)
- "Sea of Poppies" (Ibis Trilogy #1)
Hanff, Helene "84 Charing Cross Road"
Hislop, Victoria "The Return"
- "The Thread"
Mann, Thomas "Der Zauberberg" (The Magic Mountain)
Palacio, R.J. "Wonder"
Palma, Félix J. "The Map of Time" (El mapa del tiempo)
Pamuk, Orhan "The Museum of Innocence" (Masumiyet Müzesi)
Ruiz Zafón, Carlos "Marina" (Marina)
- "The Prisoner of Heaven" (El Prisionero del Cielo)
Rutherfurd, Edward "Paris"

With my books, I visited places in the following countries:
Africa (5): Algeria, Cameroun, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia,
Asia (15): Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Iran, Israel, Laos, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria
Europe (23): Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
North America (7): Canada, Carribean, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, USA
Australia/Oceania (1): Australia
South America (3): Argentina, Chile, Paraguay
Countries "visited" in total: 54

You may find some even greater statistics by better bloggers than me, for example at "Stuck in a Book" and "Ready When You are, C.B.".


  1. I am impressed with your list and I wish I could read books in other languages like you but I can only read English.

  2. Thank you very much. But a lot of books have been written in English, so that is a big advantage that you can read them all in the original language. A lot of people in other countries have to read more translations than originals. So you are lucky.

    In any case, it's more important to enjoy your reading than anything else.

    Have a good day,