Book Buying And Reading Statistics For 2009

My book buying habits over the last 2-3 years have been changing. I'm hardly buying any new books and have dramatically cut down on the number of books I've bought from second hand book stores. Mostly now I buy books from library book sales and for new releases, I'll read them through the local county library (which is excellent).

Here are my stats for 2009:

                            # books      $ Cost
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Fiction:  New                  2          32.39
          Second-hand          1           4.36
          Library sales      103          76.50
          Free (gifts)        31            -
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Total                        137         113.25
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                            # books      $ Cost
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Non-      New                  1          14.18
Fiction   Second-hand          0            -
          Library sales       23          41.00
          Free (gifts)         2            -
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Total                         26          55.18
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Grand Total                  163         168.43
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The years book reading breaks down as follows:

Fiction novels                75
Non-Fiction books              6
Graphic novels                 5
SF & Fantasy magazines        35
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Total                        116

New authors (for me) this year and ones I'd like to read again are:

  • Alice Sebold
  • David Drake
  • David Michell
  • Geoff Nicholson
  • Iris Murdoch
  • John Barth
  • Khaled Hosseini
  • Mark Helprin
  • Neal Asher
  • Patrick O'Brian
  • Penelope Lively
  • Peter Lefcourt
  • Roald Dahl
  • Sara Gruen

For 2010 I plan to finish some of those books I started and then put down (like Godel, Escher and Bach) and start some of those books I've been promising myself for years that I'd read (like Gravity's Rainbow).

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