So I’ll finish up this review of 2009 with a few statistics about my reading (just because I’m that kind of dork)

Books Read: 102 (16 of those were audiobooks)
Pages Read: 29,469
Audiobooks: 150 hours of listening

That’s a few more books and a few less pages than last year so I’m pleased with that. I don’t set goals for number of books or pages. My goals are just to read what I enjoy and enjoy what I read. The numbers are just for curiosity’s sake.

Library books: 71 (all my audiobooks are from the library)
Books I own: 31

I love both of my county library systems and feel fortunate to have them and use them extensively. This doesn’t keep me from buying books by any means. I seek out and read very few ARCs so I’m out there supporting my local bookstores all year long.

Series books
57 of the books I read were part of a series (I seem to have a series addiction – there’s a topic for a future post, huh?).

I read at least one book from 44 different series, 12 of those were the first book in a new series for me. Special thanks to Bookfool for getting me started on the Tomorrow series by John Marsden.

Best books of the year? These are the books I rated 5 stars in 2009 and looking back over the year, they’re still my Top 9.

In the Woods by Tana French
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Eli the Good by Silas House
Hate List by Jennifer Brown

I heartily recommend all of these. I rarely pick up a book I don’t already expect to like, so ratings below 3 are rare, but do happen occasionally. Any of the books I’ve tagged with 4, 4.5 or 5 stars are what I consider better than average so if you search for the categories over there on the right you’ll be able to browse my other highly rated books.