Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 in Review

This is the first time I've ever put numbers to my reading, so forgive me if they all don't add up....this is my first stab at tallying and all of the different categories!!

Final Total for 2009- 189 books

Fiction: 98
Non-Fiction: 11
Graphic Novels: 20
Short Stories: 3
Childrens: 3

Where the Books came from-
Book blogger Recommended: 69 (I got most of these from my local library)
ARCS/Author/Publisher: 22
Books From My Shelves: 6 (pathetic!)
Books from the Library: 137

Favorite Books read in 2009:

Challenges Completed:
Winter Reading Challenge
2009 Pub Challenge
2009 YA Challenge
RYOB Challenge - I set my goals really low for this one.
Everything Austen Challenge

Challenges that I didn't complete:
Classic Challenge- didn't read a one!!!
Unshelved Reading Challenge
What's In a Name-bombed this one

Reading Resolutions for 2010:
  • will only accept 1 ARC per month
  • continue to do book tours
  • try to keep my library check out to 10 books and less so that I can get all of them read!
  • will not buy any "new" books from stores for the first 6 months of the year
  • will READ my own books!!!
  • will try to get through all of the ARCs just sitting on my shelves right now. Or if I don't read them I will give them all away!!!!!!!!
  • keep my reviews short and sweet!!
  • Continue on with Six Sentence Saturdays
  • read deliberately!! I love that!

I would like to thank each and every person who visits my blog and leaves me comments. Let's face it, it's nice to have someone interested in what you have to say and those comments really make me feel great! I hope to be an even better commenter during 2010, not sure if I will pony up the $ to get high speed but I do try my best to visit all of the blogs I dearly love to read. As I ring in the New Year tonight I will be toasting and wishing all of the best to each and every one of you!!!!

I welcome 2010 with open arms
and can't wait to see what new reading experiences
will come my way!


  1. Happy New Year, Staci...and what an awesome 2009 you've had!! I had a similar pathetic stat in the "reading from my shelves" category - something that will definitely have to change for 2010! Good luck with your resolutions...will get mine up later today or tomorrow.

  2. Isn't it fun to see how your reading stacked up over the year? It can be very revealing.

    Your favorites list is awesome, Staci. I hope to get to Little Bee this year. And maybe Guernsey and Literary Potato Peel Pie Society.

    Congratulations on the challenges you completed!

  3. I wasn't done. :-( Silly computer.

    I also wanted to wish you luck with your reading resolutions this next year. They sound like very practical goals. And doable. Except maybe the not buying any new books for the first 6 months. That sounds like torture. LOL

    Have a happy New Year, Staci.

  4. Staci, it's been so much fun getting to know you this year. I love your blog and book suggestions. Looking at your favorite books list I see that I've read two: "Guernsey" and Labor Day - loved them both. I wish you a year of wonderful reading in 2010, also good health for you and yours.

  5. I love stats! I need to work on my mine here soon.

    It's been fun this year - thanks for being such a great blog buddy!

  6. Holy Moly, you had a good year - 189 books. That's incredible. You've got some great resolutions. I'm not making any since I have no will power to carry them through. lol. Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope 2010 is a great year for you my friend.

  7. Happy New Year, Still Alice made my list also.

    Here is mine

  8. Congratulations on all your 2009 accomplishments, and good luck in the New Year.

    I, too, plan to be more focused and document carefully what I do in the upcoming year.

    I signed up for so many challenges, that I'm a little nervous. This will be my first full year of book blogging (2010), so I went a little crazy.

    But if I don't finish everything, the sky won't fall. Right? I'll do the best I can. My most important resolution is to document things, followed by my resolve to get more involved in the blogging community and meet and connect with friends.

  9. Staci, I just wanted you to know that I enjoy your blog so much. I don't think I have commented up to now, but I plan to do more of it in the future. Still Alice made my top 10-ish list this year also. I loved the last sentence of your post - welcoming 2010 with open arms - lovely picture.

    I wish you and yours a lovely New Year. Take care!

  10. This was an uplifting post. Congratulations on such a successful reading year. I agree with your goals for next year and plan to join you in most of them. Thanks also to you for being such a great commenter on my blog. I hope 2010 will be a happy one for you. Have a blast welcoming in the new year tonight.

  11. I think you are the champion commentor! I see your little icon everywhere :)

    I like the goals you made, and a nice job on the wrap up.

    I have a silly question--I wanted to see what genre I read the most from this year--how do you find out what genre a book is classified as?

  12. WOW, and I was glad to just get my 30 in for the year. You are one heck of a reader.

    Have a great night.

    Happy New Year!! :)

  13. 2010 is going to be a good year for books. I hope that you have a great holiday.

    I love reading your blog. Some of the books on your list are some of my favorites from this year.

  14. Woot! 189! Good job Staci! I 'm so glad I "met" you this year and I look forward to blaming you for more books in 2010! Happy New Year!

  15. Staci....You had a terrific year and there are so many (7) of your favorites list have also been favorites of mine.

    Hope that you have a Happy and Healthy New Year. May all they books that your read in 2010 be terrific.

  16. I love your lists Staci! It's fun to look back and see what we've done and where changes can be made. I am with you though on reading so many books from the library. I love it though, so I am not going to beat myself up!

  17. Happy New Year Staci!!! I have truly enjoyed reading all your reviews this year...and teasing U about all the blaming U did for your library check outs!!! LOL!!! love ya girl... happy 2010! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  18. Very impressive numbers!!! You've done a great job reading this year.
    I really have to read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle in 2010. It's been on my shelves since the publication.

    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

  19. Great goals! I wish you good luck in achieving all of them. I love your list - Labor Day and Undercover are on my top 10 list too. I've read four of the books and have 2 others in my TBR pile.

  20. I love your goals for the new year and your favorites list. Happy New Year, Staci!

  21. Happy New Year! I am impressed by the number of books you have read this year. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian made my top ten this year too.

  22. Happy New Year, Staci! I'm looking forward to spending another year with you, virtually speaking!

  23. Great post! You ha da busy year! Stopping in to say Happy New Year!

  24. Wow, you had such a great year! You read lots of books and I see many on your list that I would like to read, too. I wish you the best for 2010, both in your life and with your reading! :D

  25. Happy New year!

    A lot of books read there and yay for cellist and Guernsey, those were great

  26. Wow, 1 ARC per month? That is a hardcore resolution!

  27. All the best to you in 2010 too, Staci. I loved your stats and you had a great year or reading and I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. :)

  28. Woo-hoo, You did great! I've got a couple of your favorites on my wish list so hopefully I'll get to them this year!

    Here's wishing you a great 2010!

  29. Happy New Year, Staci, and happy reading in 2010!

  30. That looks like a great plan! Good luck. I wish you happiness and great books in 2010.

  31. Staci, You have had a great year of reading accomplishments! Amazing totals, you should be proud. I love your blog and getting to know you has been wonderful this year! You have great goals as well and I am trying to do the same with reading my own books and limiting review books. You are amazing with all that you've done with your blog with dial up! I hope that you can find a reasonable service as it's so worth the expense!!

  32. What a great year of reading! Here's to another one. Happy New Year!!

  33. You had a great reading year! Good luck with your goals. Happy new year!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  34. You did great this year! All those extra stats, wow, now that is organization. I would have NO clue how many library books I took out.

    You are a champion commenter now. I love to see your beautiful smiling face icon on my blog.

    Guernsey and LPPPS ( title is too long) was a favorite of mine too. It has re read potential and now too many books have that for me. You know I'm older than dirt and I might not have time to read all the ones I want for the first time. Have a wonderful 2010!

  35. You certainly had a banner year! That is an amazing list of books read! There are several on your list that I've added to my TBR! I'm sure 2010 will bring even more wonderful stories and characters your way!

  36. Holy Sugar Monkeys, Staci...189 books! That's got to feel very satisfying...or it would if there weren't still 2.5 million books out that you'd like to get read, right? ;)

    You know, I seriously almost bought Still Alice today because of you, but ended up putting it back down. Now, of course, I'm in regret mode.

  37. What a stunning number of books, and a wonderful list of favorites. One of them - Still Alice - I really, really want to read soon, partly because of your review.

  38. Congrats on reading almost 200 books! WOW. We've read some of the same books and yet I didn't *love* a few so I need to run and read or reread your reviews. I like the six sentence rev concept. Best to you in 2010!

  39. Woo-hoo and congrats on the reading for 2009. I like your resolutions too. Happy New year sweetie!

  40. I don't know how you keep track of all of this, but you do a great job at it. I hope to get a lot more reading done this year than last year! I probably will since I have no computer anymore.


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