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Goodreads 2013 By the Numbers: An Infographic

Posted by Elizabeth on December 31, 2013


It's been another great year for Goodreads. Not only did we nearly double in size from 13 million members to 25 million members, 294 million books were added, 28 million trivia questions were answered, and lots of interesting authors joined our community of passionate readers. In celebration, we've together our annual infographic of big milestones for 2013. What was the most popular book of 2013? What was the most popular quote? How many pages were read? Our year-in-review infographic has all this and more!

Wishing you all a wonderful 2014—filled with lots of new books to discover and devour!

[Updated infographic to show correct number of 20 billion pages read in 2013]

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message 1: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Wow these are some amazing stats. I am so glad to hear the site is growing. It is a truly amazing site and I wish you all the success in the world for the coming year. Thanks for making this nerds life much happier.


message 2: by Víctor (new)

Víctor Bermúdez How about some stats by user's location and language, just to see where the thing is growing and how?


message 3: by Giorgio (new)

Giorgio Victor is right, we see so many reviews and quotes in foreign languages: the international spirit is one of the best things of Goodreads, I think.
Maybe it would also highlight the need of a system feature that enables users to tag content (and books!) with their language :)


message 4: by Katherine (new)

Katherine "Inferno" was one of my favorite books in 2013 so that stat makes me happy.

Love this infographic! Congratulations and may this year be better!


message 5: by Cat (new)

Cat Love the infographic. :D


message 6: by Zeeshan (new)

Zeeshan Mahmood awesome


message 7: by Julie (new)

 Julie Outstanding, so happy to be involved with Goodreads since 2007


message 8: by Tom (new)

Tom Bensley Proud to be a Goodreader!


message 9: by Clarence (new)

Clarence Prince Thanks to everyone of my friends here, just for being good friends! You are all invited to read, rate and comment on my books! Given the chance, I will do the same for you too!


message 10: by Jim (new)

Jim Hamilton The sizing graphic at the top would drive Edward Tufte nuts. The circles make the growth seem much larger than it actually is. The growth is already impressive, so why distort it? This infographic fails Geometry 101.


message 11: by JanetTronstad (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad I love Goodreads.


message 12: by Angelica (new)

Angelica I found out about GoodReads when I started an internship last year and I am so glad I did! :)


message 13: by Carol (new)

Carol Ann Here's my motto
If you can't fly straight: fly anyway.


message 14: by Louise (new)

Louise Congratulations Goodreads!!!! You have GROWN and I'm so proud to be a part of this site. I'm here almost everyday snooping around to see what's up.

I can only imagine what goals will be exceed in 2014! Way to go and keep up the good work.


message 15: by Clarence (new)

Clarence Prince "Way to go and keep up the good work", well said, Louise!


message 16: by DiVoran (last edited Jan 04, 2014 08:56AM) (new)

DiVoran Lites I'm getting started with Goodreads all over again. I had let it slip away. It's wonderful to be able to see new books as they come out, read about them and their authors, and perhaps decide to actually read the books themselves. It's like the old version of going into a bookstore and browsing, but Goodreads is much more focused as genres of interest pop up to help organize our desires. I think too, that this method is surely easier on our feet. Thanks.


message 17: by Anna (new)

Anna Matsuyama Khaled Hosseini joined in April 2012.


message 18: by Carol (new)

Carol Ann CATFISH JOE & DOUBLE, DOUBLE, TOIL & TROUBLE BY CAROL ANN

“Okay I be tellin’ ya my story. One time when I was young,
I was rich as Croesus. I had me six fine, fat, juicy Bitches and they
Wasn’t no ho’s neither. None of my womens had to work. Just lay
Back, fuck, and look pretty.”

“Tell me about the Bitches, Mr. Joe,” askedTyrone.
“Oh, they was the finest pussy this side ofMississippi.
Big, black, and juicy as goddamn Georgiapeaches. They was horny as cats in heat,
too. They loved the hell, out of they ol’Daddy Joe.

“Mr. Joe,” said Tyrone, “How you gone tell me
you wasn’t no pimp, Where you git’ the money!”

Well, I got somethin’ kind of weird to tellya’. But I
wants to tell ya’ I ain’t no goddamned headcase.
Tyrone, I had me this old, brown mule, thename of Sugar.
And when I would hold up her tail and itwas time to go,
she shat diamonds. Big, beautiful diamonds,and nothin’ else.
Then the old Bitch died on me, and I didn’thave nothin’ no mo’.
Lost the mansion and the Bitches, too. Aint no woman gonna fuck with no po’ ass man.You, believe me, son?”

Tyrone paused and looked directly at oldJoe.
“Sho’, I believes ya, Mr. Joe. It was some damned Bad Ass
Luck. Mr. Joe, why you aint come home wit’ me for dinner?
ham, grits, greens and biscuits. You like peach cobbler? Mr. Joe,”
said Tyrone. Why aint ya’ come home wid’ me fo’dinner?”

Mr. Joe replied, “Boy, you don’t know me like that. How I know
You aint poison me, or some shit?”

Then Tyrone smiled, and said, “My gram’s a God fearin’, high yella
Gal and she got ass for miles and she aint had none in twenty years.
And she fine, Mr. Joe. Real fine.


“Boy, why you aint tell me this befo’? Give me my cane and
let’s git to steppin’,” said old Joe.
And they walked off into the sunset,
And Tyrone turned to the old man, and said,

“See, Mr. Joe, I do know you like that.”
And he smiled real hard like the goddamned
morning sun

LlFE AINT NO MAGICAL THING

Life aint no magical thing, son.
‘Ya think it glisten,
‘ya think it flash like teeth at midnight,
or sparkle like a damned diamond on a fat bitch’s neck?
It aint nothin’ but time and a half,
And a 401K.
Dollars is mo’ powerful than blood, son.
‘Ya got yo’ body, Ty,
God done give it to you.
But you aint got no money, son.
God aint gone give you that.
‘Ya got to fuck ‘wid the devil to ‘git that.
Every day of yo’ natural life.
‘Ya got to serve someone.
‘Git me, motherfucker?


message 19: by Carol (new)

Carol Ann My other book is Gitana, the story of Carmen Caballito, a soothssyer, caster of spells, poisoner, mother & sexual enchantress. Concubine to Louis XIV, the "Sun King".

Mu third book is Poems of Thunder, Noir & Whimsy, terse, startling poems of tainted love.


message 20: by Jim (new)

Jim 25M members and 20M pages read, that's an interesting ratio. I would be interested in how Goodreads looks at this ratio...


message 21: by Carlos (new)

Carlos Tawer Searching the internet I found this great news. I can assure you that reading is one of the fundamental roots of each society, culture and learning makes us free and human thinking. I work as web developer (eg www.loterianacional.nom.es and many other sites) and I have Consulted many visitors of my projects, which is about the reading level of each individual and the result has been a big surprise: people love to read, people love books, people love knowledge


message 22: by Donna (new)

Donna Love, love GOODREADS and I am so grateful to be in the company of fellow bibliophiles!!!!


message 23: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Rimensberger I love this. It's very encouraging information for a world that (increasingly) seems to move its focus away from book reading!

Yay for reading!


message 24: by Clarence (new)

Clarence Prince I find that reading books can truly enhance knowledge and even breathe life into a dying soul! Then it's a good job we are here, where there are so many books!


message 25: by Maya (new)

Maya Yay! I love goodreads so much, not only as a way to keep track of my books, but to connect with other people who love the same books as me. JOIN GOODREADS, WORLD. TALK TO US ABOUT BOOKS.


message 26: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Jim wrote: "The sizing graphic at the top would drive Edward Tufte nuts. The circles make the growth seem much larger than it actually is. "

Very true...


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