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Challenge 2010 Statistics

January 1, 2011

Wow. What a year! Not necessarily in order of occurrence…in 2010: I read 92 books. I read books from at least 80 different countries/locations on the globe (I think I snuck a territory in there). I read books for the challenge in five different states. I won at the blackjack tables in Southern Oregon. I started a book club! We spent March Madness at the beach.My brother-in-law got married to an amazing woman who I’m excited to call a sister (and she’s part of aforementioned book club). We went to Vegas. My blog readers helped me fill a micro loan for a woman in Kenya! I got pregnant. We took a road trip to California. We took a road trip to Idaho for a wedding. I started my sixth year teaching at my current school. My little boy turned 2. My brother and sister-in-law gave me a new baby niece.

Okay, 2010. Not bad. Not bad at all.


But let’s break down this book challenge in style, okay?

I think statistics are fun and interesting, so here are some stats from this year’s journey (I was going to do this all in cool looking graphs, but the graphs I made aren’t compatible and I don’t feel like trying to figure it all out. Sorry folks! But they were pretty colorful). Also, I just included the 80 challenge books — I didn’t include the 12 additional books I read…which in hindsight seems stupid. I should have. But I didn’t. So…if someone else wants to recalculate — please feel free:

Fiction: 81%

Male authors: 66%

Owned/Purchased 71% of the books I read; borrowed 28% from the library; borrowed 1% from friends.

I read two collections of short stories and one graphic novel.

41 books were published between 2000 and 2009; 17 books from the 1990s. 7 from the 1980s; 2 from the 1970s; 2 from the 1960s; 2 from the 1950s; 4 from the 1940s; 2 from the 1930s and 1920s; 2 from 1900. And the oldest book I read was published in 1897.

Total pages read: 23,994

Which is roughly 65.7 pages a day for 2010!

The breakdown by area:

Europe – 27% of the books

Africa — 21%

Middle East — 10%

Asia — 20%

Australia/South Pacific/Oceania — 5%

S. America — 10%

North America — 7%

The longest book I read: The Book Thief

The shortest book I read: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

(But that might be misleading…because I’m pretty sure The Poisonwood Bible and Cutting for Stone were pound for pound, word for word, longer than Zusak’s book. And Embroideries only took me 25 minutes to read — even at 144 pages. So, that should win the shortest award.)

Anyway, just some fun things. My next post — either today or tomorrow — will be lists! (Yay for lists!) I’ll give you my top reads for 2010 and my worst reads of 2010 — plus some other fun awards (character I would most want to go out to dinner with, etc.) and things that will hopefully wrap up this reading year quite nicely. Then in the next few days I’ll let you all know what my 2011 challenge is going to be. Last night, I felt a bit lost — there wasn’t a book I was supposed to be reading. I could read anything I wanted. Or nothing at all. It was strange. I know I won’t be able to physically sustain a 92 book year as I add another child to my life in a couple of months. But I’ll be forever addicted to using challenges as a way to read more and expand my reading too.

We’ll see what I come up with! Anyway…I’ll leave you with this…

Look at how my little man has grown in a year:

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