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Books 2014 + Book Stats

My favorite books of 2014 are here.

Here are some interesting (?) stats about the books I read in 2014.

The books I read in 2014 were:

66% fiction and 34% non-fiction. This is a slightly higher percentage of fiction compared to last year.

Furthermore, 78% of the fiction was Young Adult/Juvenile. This is a lot higher than last year, so I am reading more fiction, and more of that fiction is YA.

Overall, 51% of the books I read were Young Adult/Juvenile.

Ten of the 74 books I read in 2014 were non-first-time reads.

Eight books from 2014's reading list were books that Jeremy has also read, whether it was this year or previously.

I read 8% of the books in their physical, hard-copy format. This is an all-time low, compared to last year's previous all-time low of 20%.

I read 85% of the books in Kindle format. One of the books (A Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Johnson) I read online.

I only read four audiobooks this year, and one of them I also had the Kindle version of (The Raven Boys). I listened to the audiobook occasionally only because the reader is so awesome. I could listen to his pronunciation of "Aglionby" all day long.

(If the percentages don't seem to tally quite right, that's because a few books I had in both Kindle and hard copy formats.)

82% of the books were checked out from the library. The rest I either own/bought or were borrowed from a friend or family member. The library percentage includes books I checked out from the library in the Kindle format.

The longest stretch between completion of a book was nineteen days in November/December, between Jackaby and The Lady in the Tower. I was busy playing the piano a lot.

I had three streaks of four YA books each. To avoid listing each of those separately, I'll call my longest YA stretch the time I read three YA (The Knife of Never Letting Go, Shadow and Bone, and Siege and Storm), then the heavy memoir A House in the Sky, then four YA (Skellig, Across a Star-Swept Sea, The Tyrant's Daughter, and Life After Theft).

It was hard to pick out a most productive period of reading this year. July was good, as always - I read 11 books that month.

Hooray for reading! Here is the complete Goodreads graphic of the 74 books I read this year - that includes four books I read enough of to include on my list but ultimately marked as DNF (did not finish; they are The Eye of Minds, The Queen of the Tearling, The Tipping Point, and Storm Siren).

(For some reason, the graphic is only showing 73 books, which means I must have mis-shelved one somewhere along the way. Oh well.)

(Edited to add: also for some reason, it's showing up as a single-column list instead of a pretty grid that is clickable. UGH GOODREADS WHY CAN'T YOU JUST BE PRETTY. Maybe I can fix it.)

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Books 2014

The Queen of the Tearling
Siege and Storm
Bellweather Rhapsody
Greek Mythology
The Thief
The Friendship Doll
City of Lost Souls
The Boleyn Inheritance
The Queen of Attolia
Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
The Tyrant's Daughter
The Knife of Never Letting Go
A Narrative Of The Captivity Of Mrs. Johnson
Rebel Belle
The Book of Mormon: A Reader's Edition

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