Friday, January 9, 2015

Bookmark Dragon's Statistics Survey: 2014

When Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide) and Andi (Andi’s ABCsannounced that they were hosting this statistics survey, I debated for all of one second before deciding I was definitely IN.  I never tire of end-of-the-year surveys (or any other survey, if I'm being honest.  For example, see this post and this post.)  and am excited to geek out over bookish statistics with them. So here it is, my Statistics Survey!
Statistics Survey 2014

Note: These statistics reflect books that I read in 2014 (not books published in 2014 only). 

  1. Book with the highest rating on Goodreads: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and Golden Son by Pierce Brown are both currently rated at 4.61 on Goodreads!
  2. Book with the lowest rating on Goodreads: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman is rated 3.31, which surprises me since I thought it was a really solid and thought-provoking novel.
  3. Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): I read Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine in Mexico!
  4. Book that took you the longest to read: Star Crossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce took me weeks to read.  I had the hardest time getting into that book.
  5. Book that you personally connected with the most: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  6. Book that made you love the villain: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. DARKING ALL THE WAY BABY!
  7. Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.
  8. Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: Well, not WAAAAY before, but I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Golden Son by Pierce Brown.  Which was awesome.
  9. Book you read on your birthday: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
  10. Book with a character who shares your name: None!
  11. Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): I work really hard to be honest in my ratings, so, happily, I don't have an answer to this question.
  12. Book you read in 2014 but already want to re-read: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid!
  13. Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: I still have the Mistborn series sitting on my nightstand.  It arrived there over a year ago.  (SORRY.)
  14. Book by a foreign author/originally published in another country: The Ruby Red Trilogy was originally written in German!
  15. Book you which you could go back and read for the first time again: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!  And The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson!  So deliciously fabulous, those books.
  16. Most books read by one author this year: Sharon Shinn (3), Rainbow Rowell (3), and Kiera Cass (3)!
Stat Survey This and That
  1. Happiest & saddest: Happiest = Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson; Saddest = The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  (Sad in a good way, though.)
  2. Longest & shortest: Longest = Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (565 pages); Shortest = The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (206 pages)
  3. Best & worst: Best = Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell; Worst = Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  4. First & last reads of 2014: First = Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier; Last = Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  5. First & last books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): First = The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne; Last = Problems and Materials on the Sale and Lease of Goods by Douglas J. Whaley (my husband's old law books enjoy the bottom left shelf.)
  6. The most disappointing & the biggest pleasant surprise: Biggest Disappointment = Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison; Biggest Pleasant Surprise = Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (I didn't really like Throne of Glass, and almost didn't continue the series.  But I decided to give it one more shot and WOW am I glad I did.)
  7. Bandwagon/fandom you joined & one you abandoned: I read Throne of Glass last year, but didn't really jump onto the bandwagon until this year.  NOW, however, I am definitely on board.  I abandoned the Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins.  (Sorry not sorry.)
  8. Most lenient & harshest ratings: I always try to be honest, so whether its lenient or harsh, I give books the rating I feel they deserve!
  9. Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell had a LOT of hype around it, but happily I agreed with the hype.  Furthest under the radar book would maybe be The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur.  She's a local debut author, and I haven't talked to anyone out of state who has heard of her.  (YET!)
Stat Survey Grab Bag
  1. Book you read that is red: The Elite by Kiera Cass
  2. Book you read that starts with M: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  3. Book you read that you may have hugged when you finished it: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. Book you read that you may have wanted to throw across a room: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  5. Book that has the letters Q, X, or Z in the title (bonus for one of the words in the title beginning with those!): None!  Yikes!
  6. Book that suffered some damage this year (food? water? ripped pages/cover? Ouch!): None of my books, but my 2-year-old's books have certainly seen their share of wear and tear!
  7. Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: I didn't love Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, but I won't deny that that book made me reeeeeeally want French food.  BADLY.
  8. First book you read in 2015: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  9. Number of books read that end with a 6 in the page count: 8
Stat Survey Blogging Life
  1. Number of posts in 2014: 281
  2. Number of reviews posted this year: 51
  3. First post of 2014: Happy New Year!
  4. First review of 2014: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Last post of 2014: Book-to-Film: Marvel's Dr. Strange Has Been Cast and You Are Going to Like It
  6. Last review of 2014: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  7. Least coherent review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz  (My review is basically me stating over and over that YOU SHOULD PROBABLY READ THIS BOOK.)  (You really should.)
  8. Review with the most views (regardless of post date): After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (This surprised me!  I don't know many people who have read this book, but I'm glad to help get the word out because this book is AWESOME.)
  9. Post with the most comments: My post on the Top Ten Book Covers I Would Frame as Pieces of Art.
  10. Post you wish you could re-write: Nothing immediately comes to mind, but I sometimes wish I could rewrite my reviews.
  11. Most popular post this year (that was posted in 2014): The Dream Cast I made for The Selection by Kiera Cass


  1. Great post. I love looking at all the books broken down like this.

  2. Love this. This is a lot of fun. I'm curious why you abandoned the Anna and the French Kiss series? Which ones did you read? Did you just not like Perkins's writing?

    1. I've just read Anna, not Lola or Isla. I totally get why people are drawn to those books, but I just found the level of angst to be way too high for my tastes. I'm picky about my book romances, though, and am typically kind of hard to please. However, I will admit that that book made me seriously crave French food. Like, I wanted a baguette with french cheese on it really, really badly for like a month afterwards. :)

  3. What a great way to summarize a year of reading! I definitely need to keep better track of the books I've read. I just posted a summary of the books I'm anticipating in 2015 but I've yet to do anything to record the books I read last year.. Oops :P

    1. Thanks, glad you liked reading it! I have an analytical personality, so this kind of thing is really up my alley. But I'm excited to check out your post on books you're anticipating this year! There's something to be said for looking forward instead of looking back.


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