Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014: By the Numbers

Another calendar year is in the books, and in just three more weeks, I will mark the completion of eight years of Book Chase blogging.  I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to Year Nine with as much excitement as I felt on the day I posted my first Book Chase entry (January 20, 2007).  

Even though I was forced to shut things down for just over a year (September 7, 2013 - October 21, 2014), I am pleased that so many of you still stop by regularly to talk books - and that other old friends continue to trickle in. Truth be told, that long layoff is one of the reasons I'm so excited about beginning a new year.  2015 really does feel like a year of rebirth to me, a fresh kick-start of my book blogging.

I enjoy looking at my year-end reading numbers because that process usually brings back lots of great reading memories - and 2014 was an exceptionally good period, one of those years filled with more quality book and author discoveries than I've experienced in a single year in a long while. 

I've previously posted my Top 10 lists in fiction and nonfiction, but this is what the rest of the year looked like:
Number of Books Read - 126

Fiction - 86:
Novels - 81
Short Story Collections - 4 
Nonfiction - 40:
Memoirs - 10
Biographies - 6
Books on Books- 3
Baseball - 4
Travel - 5
Other- 0
Sociology - 2
Science - 2
History - 8

Written by Men - 82
Written by Women - 41
Co-Authored by Both - 3

Audio Books - 3
E-Books - 20
Library Books - 60
Review Copies - 23
Started but Abandoned - 17

Translations: 6
Pages per Day: 105

Total Number of Pages Read (Excluding audio books) = 38,250 

A couple of things immediately jump out at me here, both relating to the long shutdown of Book Chase: the number of review copies (23) I accepted is the lowest in at least the last four years, and the number of books obtained from my library system (60) is the highest ever for me.  

And now it is time to move on to 2015...let's do it!


  1. A very good year! And I am glad you are back to blogging! Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks, Stefanie. I'm hoping for a year without a new family crisis to derail my blogging again. It's been great fun to be back and blogging again.

  3. One of the high points of my year was stumbling back to your blog for old times' sake and seeing that it was going full-bore again! Happy 2015.

    Re: your reading summations: Next year, I'm going to break down my nonfiction into categories the way you did.

    1. Thanks so much for the nice words, Susan. I can't tell you how great it is to reconnect with so many of my book-blogging friends. I hope you have a great year.