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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Let's Crunch Some Numbers! January-June 2010.

2010 is now officially half over, and over the past week or so I've been looking at some different kinds of information pertaining to what goes on here at my little bloggy hacienda. So far, 87 titles have been reviewed in 2010, and I'm pleased with that number. I'm kind of a numbers geek and data make me really happy, so I thought I'd share how the numbers break down with all of you and who knows, maybe this stuff will be helpful to you, especially if you're new or are curious about the workings of other people's sites.

Up first is a breakdown of how many reviews have been posted per month since January:

I have kind of a bad habit of not writing reviews right after I read the book unless I reeeeally have something to say about the book. I write when the mood strikes me; I read when the mood strikes me or when a deadline demands it. I have a couple of reviews saved as drafts for time when work or my upcoming move won't allow me to get something new done (did I mention I'm moving? I am! At the end of July!) That's one of the reasons why I opted to focus on posted reviews instead of books I finished or anything like that. To me, a book is "finished" when it's read, thought about, written about, and the review is posted, so these represent books that have gone through my entire process, start to finish.

Up next is a breakdown of reviews by letter grade:
Unsurprisingly, I have way more positive or positive-ish reviews than negative ones. I'm not afraid of writing negative reviews and have written pretty extensively here and on other sites as to why negative reviews are necessary sometimes, but the simple fact is that I'm a pleasure reader. If a book doesn't grab me or doesn't get off the ground fast enough for my liking, I put it aside and read something else. Books that get bad reviews are ones that cause me serious angst as a reader or as a person.

Finally, and this is the area where the number surprised even me, I have an accounting of the sources of the books that I reviewed so far this year:
By and large most of the books I read and review are either mine or from the public library. I've done a fair number of tours so far this year (and by far the tour site I participate in most often is Around the World Tours, which I highly recommend you check out if you haven't already) and borrowed one book from a friend. I'm pretty pleased with this as well- review titles are balanced pretty nicely with books from other sources and shockingly, I have managed to read some books that I actually bought- there are just so many choices in that category!

What about you? How have the first six months of 2010 treated you?


My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

I love ATWT for books. It been a great to read those books I want to and not having to wait for the hard back. LOL

I should do that too. Congrats on moving.

Missie said...

WOW! Can I hire you to run my numbers?! Great post.

I'm not this organized, but I have been keeping up with my Reading Timeline, which I enjoy. It's just sad that when I finally feel better about reading books on my TBL so I can remove them, new ones pile on. *sigh*

Any jobs out there for 'professional reader'?

Manda (Manda's Movements) said...

Cool idea having these pie charts. They were really interesting! I'm not sure how the whole 6 months compare but I know I've been slack these last couple months... :P
You've won an award here!

Reena Jacobs said...

You've been a busy gal! 87 titles definitely deserves a big WOW! :) As of yesterday, I've reviewed 18 novels/novellas on my blog and 2 on another blog. Since I set my goal of reading/reviewing one book a week, I've done pretty well. I won't hit 52, but I'll end up being close. :)

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