Tuesday 13 January 2015

Statistics 2014

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 (going back to 2009) and here (2013).

And these are the results of my reading lists for 2014:

* Statistics 2014 *

I took part in six online challenges,
Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 2014  
I read books from 27 different countries this year.
2014 Postal Challenge  
I read 21 books containing letters.
Reading Challenge - Chunky Books 2014  
My result were 22 chunky books (more than 450 pages) including 5 super chunky ones (more than 750 pages).
The Motherhood + Jane Austen Book Club  
I read all six Jane Austen novels with this book club.
The "Piggybank" Challenge 2014     
I read 77 books last year, not as many as I would have liked to but certainly more than average.
What's in a Name 2014 Reading Challenge  
I read three books in category 1, one in category 2, three in category 3, 15 in category 4 and two in category 5.

Books Read: 77
Pages read: 28,879

Books dating from which year:
Pre 1800s: 00
1800s: 9
1900-1949: 6
1950-1999: 26
2000s: 36 (1 of which from 2014)

Male Authors: 43
Female Authors: 33

Nobel Prize Winners: 6

Fiction: 68
Non-Fiction: 10

Chunky Books - more than 450 pages: 22, more than 750: 5
Oldest Book:
Austen, Jane "Sense & Sensibility" - 1811
Newest Book:
Roth, Charlotte "Als wir unsterblich waren" - 2014
Longest book: 1,296
Joyce, James "Ulysses" - 1922 - 1,296 pages
Shortest book: 85
Ruiz Zafón, Carlos "Der Fürst des Parnass" (El principe de parnaso) - 2012
Longest book title:
Dallaire, Roméo "They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children"
Shortest Book Title:
Austen, Jane "Emma"
Funniest Book:
Dahl, Roald "The Best of Roald Dahl"
Saddest Book:
Dallaire, Roméo "They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children"
Weirdest Book:
NDiaye, Marie "Rosie Carpe" - 2001
New author (for me) that I would like to read more from: Tanpınar, Ahmet Hamdi

Translated Books: 17
4 from Spanish and Turkish2 from Italian and Swedish
1 from Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish

Books read in another language:
12 German, 2 French, 1 Dutch

Numbers in Book Titles: two, six, seven twelve, twelve, 22, 1927
Place Names in Book Titles: Alexanderplatz, America, Andros, Berlin, Greece, Green Gables, Lisbon, Mansfield, Martian, Northanger, Parnass, Saltkråkan, Soho, Tehran, Venice
Names in Book Titles: Anne, Antje, Daniel, Emma, Faber, Franz, Hannah Coulter, Hattie, Franz Biberkopf, Herr Mustermann, Jesus, Lolita, Nero, Peony, Pickwick, Podmanitzki, Poirot, Rosie, Shakespeare, Sophie, Stone, Ulysses, Zarathustra, Zuckerman
Colours in Book Titles: Red, White

My Favourite Books:
Bradbury, Ray "The Martian Chronicles" - 1950
Harris, Joanne "Blackberry Wine" - 2000
Karystiani, Ionna (Ιωάννα Καρυστιάνη) "The Jasmine Isle" (Μικρά Αγγλία/Mikra Anglia) - 1997
Mathis, Ayana "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" - 2013
Nafisi, Azar "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books" - 2003
Palma, Félix J. "The Map of the Sky" (El mapa del cielo) - 2012
Pamuk, Orhan "The White Castle" (Beyaz Kale) - 1985
Roth, Charlotte "Als wir unsterblich waren" [When We Were Immortal] - 2014
Ruiz Zafón, Carlos "The Midnight Palace" (El Palacio de la Medianoche) - 1994
See, Lisa "Peony in Love" - 2007
Sendker, Jan-Philipp "Das Herzenhören" (The Art of Hearing Heartbeats) - 2002
Seth, Vikram "Two Lives" - 2005
Shields, Carol "The Stone Diaries" - 1993
Tanpınar, Ahmet Hamdi "The Time Regulation Institute" (Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü) - 1961
Tartt, Donna "The Goldfinch" - 2013

With my books, I visited places in the following countries:
Africa (2): Namibia and several different countries
Asia (6): China, India, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Myanmar/Burma
Europe (16): Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
North: America (3): Canada, Guadeloupe, USA
Australia/Oceania (2): Australia, New Zealand
South America (0):
Extra-terrestrial (1):
Countries "visited" in total: 30

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


  1. Great break down of what you've read. On your favorites list I've read The Martian Chronicles, Reading Lolita in Teheran (loved, loved, loved this book), The Map of the Sky (not one of my favorites) and The Goldfinch (liked it very much).
    I meant to keep track of the countries I'd read, but I didn't, you're so well organized.

  2. What a great post..you had a great year.

    That must have been a lot of work.

    ENJOY your week of reading.

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  3. Thank you, Janet and Elizabeth,

    actually, it wasn't that much work. Every time I finish a book, I add it to that list (well, sometimes I do a couple together), so at the end of the year I only have to choose my favourites ... ;)

    Anyway, I totally enjoyed doing this. And Janet, I am glad you liked some of my favourites. We can't like all the same books, otherwise there would be nothing to talk about, right?

    Thank you both for your comments, I always love to hear from other readers. Have a good day,