Before I let you know who won the contest, I am going to regale you with some fancy statistics from my 100 Book Challenge. I had so much fun maintaining the excel spreadsheet that I have to share its results.
Hardcover Books: 22%
Paperback Books: 78%
Non-fiction: 2% (I'm sure my FIL is cringing with that one!)
And the genre breakdowns - now, this is not as cut and dry as the above categories - because you could have books that might be short stories and mysteries - or fantasy and romance all rolled up in one book. So, if a given book had multiple genre elements, I categorized them that way.
Urban Fantasy: 39%
Science Fiction: 7%
Historical Fiction: 5%
Short Stories: 10%
Young Adult: 4%
Graphic Novels: 4%
Male Authors: 13%
Female Authors: 87%
Books borrowed from my friend Teri: 11%
Books borrowed from my local library: 57%
(This statistic is made sadder by the fact that our local libraries have cut 1.5 days from their open schedule and have frozen all new book buying as cost-cutting measures.)
And the drumroll, please...
In 2008, I read 112 books!
The winner of my little contest is my younger sister, Jaime, who was so close with a guess of 113. Email me and let me know how you want your $20 in book funds, and I will send it up to you.
Some more fun statistics -
Total Pages Read: 36,656 pages
Average book length: 327 pages
Most prolific month: October (I'm not sure why, however) with 14 books
Least prolific month: April (due to work and tax season) with 6 books
Most books read by one author (This ended up being a tie.)
- J. R. Ward - 6 books
- Lora Leigh - 6 books
- Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb - 5 books
- Sherrilyn Kenyon - 4 books
- MaryJanice Davidson - 4 books
- Erin McCarthy - 3 books
- Patricia Briggs - 3 books
- Gena Showalter - 3 books
- Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
- From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
- The Host by Stephenie Meyer
- Tribute by Nora Roberts
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
- The Scourge of God by S.M. Stirling
- The Stone Gods by Jeannette Winterson
- Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris
- Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop
- Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
- Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Lucinda, Darkly by Sunny
- Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner (way to rip my heart out of my chest, Ms. Weiner!)
- The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1) by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi at 107 pages
- Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon at 728 pages
I have since learned that there is a blog, J. Kaye's Book Blog, that is organizing a group challenge for 2009, and I encourage you all to try. I won't say reading 100 books in a year was an easy process - it was a challenge, after all - but think of all those books you have always wanted to read that you could catch up on!