Claudio Saavedra

Go forward in time to February 2014.

Thu 2014/Jan/02

Some interesting book statistics from the year 2013:

Books read to completion through the year: 40 (~11000 pages, according to Goodreads). From these, 4 books took at least a month to read (Dieter Hermann Schmitz's "Die Finnen, die Spinnen", Samuel Richardson's "Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded", George Eliot's "Middlemarch", and the Diaries of Franz Kafka). For the rest, that makes for an average of 4.5 books per month or one book per week (!).

The longest book I read was Eliot's "Middlemarch" (889 pages). The shortest were Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Wakefield" and V.I. Lenin's "The Teachings of Karl Marx" (48 pages each). The oldest book read was Homer's Oddysey (ca. 800 BC) and the most recently published "Die Finnen, Die Spinnen" (from 2011).

The language count: 25 books read in English, 14 in Spanish, one in German. I failed my goal to read at least one book in French (with Albert Camus' "L'etranger" half read with a lot of trouble).

The best books I read were definitely Juan Rulfo's "Pedro Páramo", José Donoso's "El Obsceno Pájaro de la Noche", F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", and the Diaries of Kafka. The list could be longer if you get me started. The worst ones were Milan Kundera's "Laughable Loves" and Donoso's "Coronación". It's interesting that Donoso has both a book that I consider a masterpiece and one that is just terrible.

The authors: a total of 32 distinct authors. Sadly, of these only 3 female authors. The most read one was Ernest Hemingway, with three books (two short-stories collections and his memories from Paris days).

Of all the books I read, 5 came from local libraries and only three were electronic editions.

About the books I acquired through the year: 110 (approximate, yes, I know, I know). Most of them are second-hand copies bought from second-hand shops, many others are gifts. I don't even want to know how much I spent in books last year, so I won't go there. Origin of the books includes: Finland, Germany, Spain, France, Chile, the U.K., and the U.S., with many friends having carried books from the most remote locations for me (thank you guys!).

Goals for 2014 include: buying less books (obviously); reading less English, more Spanish and German, and hopefully some French too; the Quixote, War and Peace, Ulysses, and 2666.

Go backwards in time to December 2013.

Thu 2014/Jan/02 11:38:46 +0200