Tuesday, 29 December 2009

The 'nearly the end of the year' stats

2009 reading stats totals!

Total books-99
1001 books-14
Books by Males- 45
Books by Females-51
Non Fic-39

I may read Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan in the next few days which would then take me to my target of 100 books with 15% being 1001 books-if I get time.

Definitely the most even split of a years books comparing males/females, and probably fic/non fic too.

I am going to make some reading resolutions for 2010 - one of which will be to read more books that I already own!

My December 2009 reads

Classic Football Debates settled Once and For All- danny Baker and Danny Kelly
Skipping Christmas- John Grisham
Arctic Monkeys- Seamus Craig
Have a Little Faith- Mitch Albom
Dear Me- Letter to my 16 year old self- Misc.
Baby Next Time- Nicole Klieff
The midwives Apprentice- Karen Cushman
A Random History of Football- Colin Murray

Have a Little Faith was a book which impacted on me- Mitch Albom manages to be thought provoking and stimulating whilst also being sentimental, without being sickening....perfect. I also really enjoyed Skipping Christmas to get me in the festive mood.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Revolutionary Road- Richard Yates
Jelleymans Thrown a Wobbley- Jeff Stelling
Hope for the Flowers
Round Ireland with a fridge-Tony Hawks
Eat, Pray , Love- Elizabeth Gilbert
Frank Skinner on the Road- Frank Skinner
Disconnected- Sherry Ashworth
Lucia, Lucia- Adriana Trigiani
Eclipse- Stefanie Meyer

Book July 09-9
1001 books-0
Books by males-4
books by females- 5
non fic- 4

One Red Paperclip- Kyle McDonald
Looking for Enid- Duncan McLaren
The Old Man and the Sea- Ernest Hemingway
13 Little Blue envelopes-Maureen Johnson
Enid Blyton the Biography- Barbara Stoney
Teacher, Teacher-Jack Sheffield
Time TRaveler's Wife- Audrey Niffenegger
Mister Teacher-Jack Sheffield
Marked-PC and Kristen Cast
Twenties Girl- Sophie Kinsella

Books Aug 09-10
1001 books-1
books by males-5
books by females-5
non fic-3

Further confessions of Georgia Nicholson- Louise Rennison
Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
Love Aubrey- Suzanne De Fleur

Books Sept 09-3
books by males-0
books by females-3
non fic- 0

Girl Friday-Jane Green
The Book of Tomorrow- Cecelia Ahern
The Shops-India Knight
Take That- Take one
Take That-Take Two
Mad about the Boys- Claire Blake
Mother of the Bride- Ilene Beckerman
Brothers- Ted van Lieshout
The Summer Book-Tove Jannson

Books Oct 09-9
1001 books-1
books by males-3
books by females-6
non fic-5

Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Her Fearful Symmetry- Audrey Niffenegger
What We Do for Love- Ilene Beckerman
Chicken Soup for the new mothers soul
Chicken soup for the mothers soul
Very Valentine- Adriana Trigiani
The Stork Club- Imogen Edwards Jones (reread)
Letters from Father Christmas- JRR Tolkien

Books Nov 09-8
Books by males-2
books by females-4
non fic-5


Books read-39
1001 books-3
Books by males-14
By Females-23
Compliations- 2
non fic- 17

Fic- 57
Non Fic-33

First half of 2009 Stats

Books read-Jan- June- 52
1001 books- 11
Books by males- 26
Books by females-26
Fiction- 36
Non Fiction-16


Second half of the year to follow!

Books read June 2009

The Five Love Languages- Mark somebody
Postcards from the Boys- Ringo Starr
When the wind blows- Raymond Briggs
Ethel and Ernest-Raymond Briggs
Sarah's Key- Tatiana de Rosnay
Love's Work- Gillian Rose *
Frost in May-Antonia White
Toddler Taming-Christopher Green

Books read-8
1001 books-1
Books by males-5
Books by females-3
Non- Fic-5

Books from May 2009

Notes From A Small Island-Bill Bryson
Angels and Demons-Dan Brown
Panic on the Streets- Smiths Fan Guide

Books read-3
1001 books-0
Books by males-3
Books by females-0

Books from April 2009

The Girl Next Door-Elizabeth NOble
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont- Elizabeth Taylor

Books read-2
1001 books-0
Books by males-0
Books by females-2
Fiction- 2
Dead Girls Don't Write Letters- Gill Giles
We Don't know What we're Doing- Adrian Chiles
My Favourite Wife- Tony Parsons
The Last Virgin- David Belbin
Baby Love- Rebecca Walker
Notes on teh Refrigerator door
Festival-David Belbin
Local Girls-Alice Hoffman
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie- Muriel Spark*

Books read-9
1001 books-1
Books by males-4
Books by females-5
Non Fiction-2

Books I read in February 2009

Cold Comfort Farm-Stella Gibbons
Around the World in 80 dates-Jennifer Cox
When Zachary Beaver came to Town-Kimberly Holt Willis
The Catcher in the Rye- JD Salinger*
New Moon-Stephenie Meyer
Elsewhere-Gabrielle Zevin
Pay it Forward- Catherine Ryan Hyde
A Clockwork Orange-Anthony Burgess*
Through teh Looking Glass and What Alice Found There-Lewis Carroll*
ways to Live Forever-Sally Nicholls
The Alchemist-Paulo Coehlo*
The Ice Queen-Alice Hoffman

Books read this month-12
1001 books-4
Books by males-4
Books by females-8
Non Fiction-1

Books read this year- January

What Mothers Do-Naomi Stadlen
Yes Man-Danny Wallace
84 Charing Cross Road- Helene Hanff
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street-Helene Hanff
Free Range Knitter- Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Emma-Jane Austen *
The Little Prince- Antoine de saint Expurie )Can't spell his name!)*
Twilight-Stephenie Meyer
Oscar adn Lucinda-Peter Carey*
Educating Esme- Esme Raji Codell
The Fib- George Layton
The Swap-George Layton
The Trick-George Layton
For One More Day-Mitch Albom
Jonathan Livingston Seagull-Richard Bach
Of Mice and Men-John Steinbeck*
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging-Louise Rennison
Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll*

Books finished-18
1001 books-5
Books by Males-10
Books by females-8
Fiction-12 (although the George Laytons are based around his childhood, not actually autobiogaphical)
Non Fiction- 6

Books I gave up on in 2009

The ones I couldn't finish!

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- Jonathan Safran Foer
Vernon God Little- DMC Pierre
On The Road- Jack Kerouac
Rabbit, Run- John Updike (Will try this another time though)
The Birthing House- Christopher Ransom

So during 2009 I have given up on 5 books....

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Nearing 100....

My target for the year was 100 books, with 15 of those being from the 1001 books you must read before you die list.

Amazingly, I may just hit that target! I am slightly scared by that, as it will easily be the most I have read in a year, and think I should have used the time for cleaning and then my house would be spotless!

However, I have really enjoyed my reading this year, I intend to do a reading inventory at the end of the year with -

how many books read
how many 1001 books read
male/female author ratio
fic/non fic ratio

Thought it might be interesting. I think this year the male/female ratio will be pretty even, and that fic will outstrip nonfic at about 65/35-but we will see!