Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 Summary

What an interesting year.  I started blogging regularly and kept it up.  I've made new friends in other book bloggers, authors and people who comment on my blog.  In my personal life I have had two brain surgeries and I am hopefully on the road to recovery finally after 2 years of not knowing exactly what was wrong with me.

Thanks so much to all of you who have stopped by my blog, commented on my blog or to you authors and publicists who have sent me books to review.  I love reading and reviewing and I am looking forward to another great year.

So before I step into that new year - let's see what this past year held for me reading-wise:

Books Read: 208
Books from home (includes review books and my bookshelf): 101
Books from the library: 73
Books from 34

Print books read: 169
Audio books read: 37

Total Pages read: 60,373

New-to-me Authors:  101

and here is some breakdown of genres:

Suspense/Thriller/Mystery:  38
Romantic Suspense:  12
Historical Romance: 4
Young Adult: 60
General Fiction: 13
Historical Fiction: 4
Horror: 4
Christian Fiction: 7
Christian Suspense: 9
Christian Historical Romance: 2
Christian Romantic Suspense: 1
Children's Chapter Books: 20
Christian Romantic Suspense:

Publish dates:
Before 2000: 25
2001: 4
2002: 4
2003: 12
2004: 7
2005: 4
2006: 9
2007: 14
2008: 39
2009: 85
2010: 2

My favorites from the year:

I'm not going to pick specifics from each genre - I'm just going to go with my most memorable books of the year, in no particular order.  Click on the book for my review if it's available.

The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox
Fatal Gamble by J.P. O'Donnell
The Cutting by James Hayman
Terror by Night by Terry Caffey with James H. Pence
The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate
The Hunger Games & Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Love's First Light by  Jamie Carie
Easy on the Eyes by Jane Porter
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Fragment by Warren Fahy
The Actor and The Housewife by Shannon Hale
Deadfall by Robert Liparulo
Isolation by Travis Thrasher

It was a great reading and blogging year and I'm looking forward to another one this year!


Alexia561 said...

Congratulations on a very productive year! You kept great stats!

Wishing you a safe, healthy, happy 2010!

Stephanie said...

I enjoyed your favorites list. I really, really liked The Hunger Games and The Weight of Silence, too.

Anonymous said...

So glad you're on the mend! How do you keep track of all of what you've read?

Anonymous said...

This is Kar, btw - Blogspot's not letting me sign in for some reason...

Crystal said...

Kar - I'm a Excel geek - I have this detailed spreadsheet I use to keep track :) It makes me happy and it's interesting to look back at.

Anonymous said...

Hi Crystal.

You should try It's the only service where you can rent newly released hardcover and paperback titles from The New York Times Best Sellers List.

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