Special thanks to Leontine from Leontine's Book Realm for the super header.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Fun with Statistics

Eyre inspired me to do this post when she did her own stats over at her place. These numbers are mostly for 2011 and I think they are pretty accurate but I'm sure I've read something and forgot to record it. I also learned a lesson. When I input books in Goodreads I generally don't put the date read, but if you don't, it assumes you read them ... I don't know. Never. So I have to remember to add that because I had to go back and put the "date read" on all of these for 2011. Arrrgghh. Not so fun.

So far I have read 250 stories (I love it when I get a nice even number). As you can see by all the sip and daydreams pictures, lots of shorts. Mostly in the 3 and 4 star range. Not too many books I rated 5 stars. I seem to be harsher as I read more and more m/m. You REALLY have to blow my socks off now to get 5 stars. :-)

So how many pages? So far over 18,000 pages. Ack. Maybe ignorance is bliss, no? These numbers are up to maybe a week ago. Yesterday was the 200th day of the year, so more or less, I have read 92 pages per day. Now I know sometimes the numbers are off, counting copyright pages, credits, author bios, etc., but probably between 80 and 90 pages a day. A novella a day. Holy shit, I'm starting to hyperventilate!

The longest book I've read this year is Bent, at nearly 500 pages. Whew. Didn't realize it was that long. I wish the pie chart could remove m/m because they are all m/m but seems like no one will be surprised that shifters is a big chunk of the pie, along with "other paranormal" which for me means anything from ghosts to elves to wizards and witches. Not many vamps this year so far, but there haven't been many.

The next stats are for my shelves in general. Right now I have 1,289 on my "read" shelf and of those 1,201 are m/m or m/m/m. The hyperventilating is getting worse, considering I only discovered this genre in 2008. 

And which of the lucky authors am I supporting single-handedly and putting their kids through college? My top 20 authors of all time that I've read are: 

Of the bottom 10 they are only a few books out of 10th spot, and Sherrilyn Kenyon is the only het author that made my list. That was the summer I went on a total PNR binge, just before I dumped the girls for m/m. :-)

We'll have to see if I make it to 500 books. Not likely with a couple of weeks vacation upon me. :-) I'm thinking closer to 425 by the end of the year, but I guess we'll see how many shorts I read. I should probably go by page number to account for all the shorts I read, and go with 30,000 pages. A nice round number. :-)


Yes, we are melting here. It made to 47C (115F) with the heat index yesterday. Although my house is relatively cool. I'm trying not to put on any lights that give off heat or turn on the stove, so it's bearable and with a/c in my bedroom I'm okay. Today is supposed to be better. Still hot but as I left work yesterday to walk to my car I said to a colleague "I now know what a baked potato feels like when you toss it in the oven". Stay cool everyone as I know there are places in the US that are even hotter than us and it at dangerous heat levels. 

20 comments:

Jenre said...

The stats are fascinating aren't they? I didn't even realise they were there until I saw Eyre's post yesterday. Looks like you had fun with them :).

I always forget to put my shorts into GRs so my stats are not quite correct but I had an interesting time having a look at them.

Right, back to the packing for Milton-Keynes :).

Tam said...

They are fun to play with Jen. But then I didn't realize that blogger had stats until this year. LOL Duh.

I'm very excited for you. Hope you have a blast with everyone at the event and I'm looking forward to your report when you get home. May the weather cooperate for you. :-)

Leontine said...

I'm such a stats junkie - I know its geeky but I get all warm and tingly looking at a stats pie divided like that or a list that shows whatcha been up too!!

Polt said...

stats? STATS? Who the hell can even see your stats post??? I mean, who could be strong willed enough to draw their eyes away from the hairthing god you've posted underneath Brent????

hairthing hottie...
..ooooooohhh......................

HUGS...

Tam said...

LOL I'm the same Leontine. It's fun to see the patterns in our lives.

I KNOW Polt! Isn't he just perfect. You could get a good grip on that hair. LOL

K. Z. Snow said...

Good thing I don't have any kids to put through college. :-D

A really fascinating breakdown, Tam. Now I must go and dream up a shifter story. (What's up with that, anyway? *scratches head*)

Tam said...

I'm doing my best to put food on your table KZ. LOL

I don't know why I like shifters. They just appeal to me. *shrug* No accounting for taste sometimes. :-)

Val said...

Wow, Tam! Just...wow. I love statistics.

Tam said...

Thanks Val. It's lots of fun to play with them. :-)

Tracy said...

Oh cool. How fun to see it all laid out like that!

Michelle M. said...

Hurray for reading! The stat thing is pretty cool. Wish it was cool where you are. I didn't know it got so hot in Tamland (ignorant American, here).

Tam said...

Thanks Tracy.

It's not usually THIS hot up here Michelle, but "normal" for this time of year is in the 80's and 90's, just not the 100's. Ack!

K. Z. Snow said...

I had a feeling Val would be drooling all over those charts and graphs. ;-)

Lily said...

OMG, I have got to stop playing with the kids (and Facebook) and check out my stats!!! But since they don't leave 'til Sunday night it'll be next week.

And oh my, I'm totally loving that gorgeous "cougar-bait" you've got up there. Love his hair! ;)

Stephani Hecht said...

I made the list! I feel so special :-)

Tam said...

Hope you're having fun with the little ones Lily. I'm sure he's older than he looks. ;-)

You are special Stephani. ;-)

orannia said...

OK, the stats are really cool! But, over 18,000 pages? *faints*

And 47 degrees Celsius? YIKES! I believe here we're going to hit a high of 10 degrees Celsius tomorrow... Maybe we should mix the temps up and have a happy medium?

Tam said...

I know Orannia. Sometimes It's better not to know. LOL

I'm all for sharing some of the heat. It's been better, only in the mid-30's these last few days and oh my, it's only 19C this morning. Shocking. :-)

Chris said...

You went much deeper into your stats than I did with mine on Friday! :)

It's 26.7C here today. I'm in shock - it seems delightfully cool, even though the heat index takes it up to 30C. Back to the evil gooiness as the week progresses. Woe.

Tam said...

I love to dig deep. :-) It's only going to be 21C here today. Downright chilly. But back hot on the weekend but I'll be off to Manitoba, so not sure what to expect there.