Monday, December 3, 2018

November Reading Wrap Up

November is done. The year is almost done. That is crazy. Time, right?

This was the very first Thanksgiving I haven't spent with my dad. Usually I travel to South Carolina to visit him and my stepmom and their various animals, but since I have my own little monster this year and Tom was, as always for the holidays, away for work, I really didn't want to make the trip by myself. I know, I know, they say traveling with children at this age is relatively easy. Except a 2+ hour flight followed by 2 hour car ride, while trying to schlep not only the boy but all of the accessories babies require (OMG so much stuff) sounded all kinds of awful and stressful. BUT luckily my dad and stepmom came up to visit the week before so while we didn't have a Thanksgiving meal together, we were able to spend time together.

But the reading. How'd that go? Not too bad, largely due to audiobooks. And there was a bunch of Harry Potter in prep for some HP trivia. Oh and while this is unrelated, I saw someone point this out and it just made me so happy
It's wild how like...JKR is so skilled at so many aspects of writing, especially in little character moments, but when it comes to implications of throwaway lines she just...not a single thought.
Like in
Chamber of Secrets, when Harry is talking to Tom/Voldemort and is like, you framed Hagrid, Tom is like, yeah he was always trying to raise monsters.
He says that Hagrid tried to raise werewolf cubs under his bed like...
Oh you mean like, children? Like human children?
I love HP so much, for the stories and the characters yes, but also for the shit like this.

Oh, and before we get to the stats, how about a quick picture of the little monster in his Thanksgiving best?
Anyway, onto the stats!

Number of books read
I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love by Esther Perel
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

OK so the Esther Perel one may be a podcast? But I got it through Audible and instead of "episodes" it has "chapters" and basically I'm counting it as an audiobook.

Number of pages read

On that note about Perel, I can't find a page count. But I did some math to figure out how many pages could be read in a minute. Obviously there will be variations but basically I found a page count for a book, how long the audiobook was, and went from there. If you're curious, I came to about 1/2 a page for every minute.


POC authors
I will do better. I'm sorry

Female authors

US authors


Book formats
audiobook: 50%
hardback: 17%
paperback: 33%
Me w/ the audibooks (plus baby strapped on me)
Where'd I get the book
Chain bookstore: 33%
Gift: 33%
Kindle/Audible: 33%

Decades published
1990s: 50%
2000s: 17%
2010s: 33%

Resolution books:
I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets were all published before 2000
Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Tales of Beedle the Bard and Where Should We Begin are all by authors from outside the US (UK and Belgium)