Sunday, May 1, 2011

April Stats

Info (sorry for length):

This was a hard month because I had my thesis due April 15th. I was also sad that I didn't get to participate in the readathon April 9th-10th but I still had an AMAZING reading month with 53 books read.  In fact, I increased my goodreads challenge from 250 to 300 books; we'll see how that goes.

April marked the start of judging for the YA Best Overlooked Book Battle of 2011. I couldn't wait to get started; see this post for more info. Asterisks denote the books I read this month for the battle. Some observations: some of these books were probably overlooked because they're LONG!  Also most of the ones I read were contemporary/historical, which confirms for me that paranormal romance gets most of the buzz despite the greatness of contemporary.  I prefer contemporary as I've mentioned before and I enjoyed this chance to read more. I also read very few books with white upper-middle class females; instead more male protagonists and persons of color appeared.  Once the shortlist is posted on The Shady Glade, I will post my personal top 10.

Because of the judging, Netgalley and my challenges were largely ignored so that will be more of a focus for May although I think I'm on track for all because I didn't sign up for many.  A couple of books I absolutely adored will be also be reviewed.  I would say my usual mix of largely YA plus some adult books holds true again for May.

Monthly Stats:
Books Read This Month: 53
Pages Read This Month: 16,154
Average Length of Book: 311
Average Rating of Book: 3.95
Favorite Book: (It's my blog so I'm picking three this month) Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt; The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan; and Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Most Disappointing Book: A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Longest Book: Four Novels by R.K. Narayan at 609 pages (as this is a collection of four novels, that is not surprising)
Shortest Book: Aya by Marguerite Abouet, 96 pages (graphic novel)

Year Stats:
Total Books Read: 157
Total Pages Read: 46,331
Average Length of Book: 295
Average Rating of Book: 3.95

By Genre:
Science Fiction/Fantasy-0
Historical Fiction-0
Short Stories-0

Challenge Updates:
Contemps: 2 read, 9 total
Cozy: 0 read, 2 total
British Books: 5 read, 27 total
YA Debut: 3 read, 16 total
Ebook: 8 read, 43 total

Home Library-0
School Library-37
Other ebook source-4
Amazon Vine- 2

Read for school: 5
Read for pleasure: 48

Stats for Previous Months: January; February; March

Books Read (Link for those reviewed):
105. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
106. Godaan/Gift of a Cow by Premchand
107. Waterfall by Lisa Tawni Bergren
108. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carre
109. The Perfect Scandal by Delilah Marvelle
110. Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
111. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
112. Heretics by Jonathan Wright
*113. Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson
*114. The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
*115. The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
116. Pancatantra translated by Patrick Olivelle
117. Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready
118. The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin
*119. The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan
*120. Compromised by Heidi Ayarbe
*121. Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
*122. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
123. Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
*124. Winter's End by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
*125. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
*126. Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson
*127. Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell
*128. The Third Pig Detective Agency by Bob Burke
*129. Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
130. Samskara by U.R. Anantha Murthy
*131. The 10 P.M. Question by Kate De Goldi
*132. The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose by Mary Hooper
*133. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
*134. Crowned by Julie Linker
135. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
136. Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
*137. On Viney's Mountain by Joan Donaldson
*138. The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell
139. A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
*140. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
*141. John Belushi is Dead by Kathy Charles
142. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
*143. Threads and Flames by Esther Friesner
*144. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
*145. A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
*146. The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
*147. Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft
*148. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
*149. The Last Knight by Hilari Bell
*150. Alien Invasions and Other Inconveniences by Brian Yansky
151. The Magic World of Orson Welles by James Naremore
152. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
*153. Aya by Marguerite Abouet
*154. Eon by Alison Goodman
*155. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
156. Four Novels by R.K. Narayan
*157. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh


  1. Wow, awesome stats! I read 1-2 books a week, sometimes 3, and people call me a bookworm, but you are our queen, for real.:) How do you manage to read so many books? I'd love to be able to read more than I do! Any tips?

  2. @Irena, It always helps to read short books-many of the books I read were less than 250 pages and were middle-grade or young adult which means the reading level is much easier than say Henry James.

    I was also lucky to have a light schedule of classwork which gave me more time to read. I'm sure if I was working a 40 hour week, I wouldn't have been able to read as much.


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