I am not an organized person. I don’t save my receipts. Pants and dresses and sweaters are all mixed together in my closet. My credit card statements from the last seven years are piled haphazardly in a drawer because I still haven’t managed to buy a shredder. My Scotch tape lives in the silverware drawer. The lint roller refills are with the wine. The spare light bulbs are in the same cabinet as the oatmeal. Though I know where everything is, let’s just say it’s probably good that I live alone.
It will surprise no one to learn that the one thing I compulsively organize is my books. This compulsion goes far beyond cataloging my entire personal library online–though let’s be honest, I do do that. To the endless amusement of some people (you know who you are), I also keep a spreadsheet of every book I buy and read each year. I list the title, the author, the vendor, and the price, and I color code by genre. And that means that at the end of each December, I can do a statistical breakdown of my literature consumption for the year and compare it to past years.
YES. I’m a HUGE DORK. Sue me.
But since many of you are huge dorks as well *dork fistbump*, I’ve decided to share my book stats this year. I encourage you not to judge me… too much.
THE BUYING STATS:
In total, I bought 124 books this year (just one more than last year.) The genre breakdown is as follows:
18% middle grade;
20% adult fiction;
10% adult non-fiction;
2% graphic novels and art books.
I bought 23% of those books used.
47% were hardcovers; I can’t resist.
10% were e-books. (There’s one book I purchased in both e-book AND print formats.)
10% I got for free with credit card rewards points (YAY!)
46% were purchased from indie bookstores.
12% were books I’d read before but felt the need to own.
Of the books I purchased this year, I finished reading 67%. (Not quite as good as last year, when I finished 70%.)
And I’m not going to tell you how much money I spent on books this year because it is preposterous and embarrassing.
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THE READING STATS:
In total, I read 137 books this year (down 5% from last year! How disappointing!) I also started an additional 12 that I didn’t finish, but I intend to finish six of those. The genre breakdown, not counting the half-read books, is as follows:
19% middle grade;
15% adult fiction;
5% adult non-fiction;
1% graphic novels.
25% of the books I read were from the library (and I only have $10 in late fees!)
8% were re-reads.
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Stay tuned; tomorrow I’ll post my favorite reads of the year! It was no easy task choosing them out of the 137, let me tell you.