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Blog Experiment Wrap-Up

I started this blog in May 2008 to answer the questions  “How many books do you read” and “What kind?” Every book, for a year, I faithfully blogged. Some reviews were shorter than others, some a little more in depth – but each one, dutifully recorded. And now, for the nerds among you (I mean, if you aren’t a nerd – why are you reading a blog about the books I read?) – some stats.

  • I read 117 books (well, 113 – I abandoned 4 of them along the way)
  • That’s about a book every 3 days
  • Out of the 64 fiction books, 57 of them were novels
  • 30 of them considered “YA” or “Young Adult”
  • 16 were considered “historical fiction
  • 14 books were considered “paranormal” which could be anything from fairies to werewolves (4 were about vampires)
  • I read 9 books about “mental illness” (both fiction and non)
  • Out of the 53 non-fiction books, 26 were considered memoirs
  • The all-purpose “business” tag was on 14 non-fiction books (These were probably books on marketing, customer service and included 2 books about Starbucks)
  • I read 10 books that I considered to have something to do with politics (this included anything from Obama to food, and the environment – sometimes books about vampires written by Mormons were considered political)
  • I read 5 books referencing weight loss (no stats on how much weight was lost as a result)
  • I read 3 books about polygamy
  • The month where the most books were read: August 2008 (14 books)
  • I only read 5 books in March 2009

Thanks for stopping by. I may update on occasion, but will continue updating the internet about what I read on GoodReads. I regularly blog here – so please subscribe/read me there, and I promise that if an awesome book strikes my fancy, to tell you all about it.

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Gaps in Posting

Sometimes I don’t blog as often as I should, because it’s embarassing. I mean, obviously I read lots of YA and ridiculous books, but I am really on a kick and now knowing that my boss is potentially reading this… Oy. So, my strategy is to just post these next three books quickly and move on. I swear I am reading something with depth next (I am already halfway done!). And then, well – probably back to the emabarassing YA vampire goodness.

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Fiction Trend Theory: Never Forget

I have this theory, and I will use this blog to very scientifically test it out. I feel that, across genres, almost every fiction book I have read that is written and set in a world post 2001, 9/11 is mentioned. It doesn’t seem to matter if the character was affected, or if the story takes place in NY or whatever – it just needs to be said, somewhere.

I wonder if this happened after WWII (I mean, how could it not?), but I would guess not after the Gulf War? Anyway, in my highly scientific study, I will be tagging any book that mentions 9/11.

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Prologue

My name is Erica. I read a lot. I read really, really quickly. I don’t know how, I just do. Yes, I comprehend everything. No, you can’t time me and I don’t know how to teach you.

I have been known to read cereal boxes, and I don’t have a favorite book. I will read everything from awful vampire teenage chick lit to books on starting your own coffee shop. I don’t love sci-fi.

I want to see how many books I ACTUALLY read. I may start a separate project where I just list other books I have read, but that’s more of a vanity thing. Actually, this whole blog is a vanity thing, but I think Frank (my sweet boyfriend) really wants to see what would happen if I started a blog.

So, I will post when I read something new. Maybe comment? You should comment too! I have a fragile ego and need to know people read what I write.

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