2015: The Numbers

As you all know, 2015 was not a banner year for me. Reading was down, reviewing was down, writing was down. I even forgot my blog’s 3rd anniversary. What is happening to me?

The Numbers. Only 81 books read. That’s down from 97 last year and even more from the year before. But it’s still 1.6 books a week, so not all bad.

2015 books read

The gender breakdown is getting closer to parity, but still favoring female writers. One improvement though is that this year I had 2 trans writers!

2015 male-female

The genre breakdown, however, makes it appear as though I don’t like non-fiction. And while it’s true that I haven’t read as much non-fiction, I am listening to more as audio books. I even reviewed one or two here.

2015 fic-nf

Author Nationality: The US dominates again. How is that possible for a Canadian living in the UK? And yet … It should be noted that i read 4 translated works this year. That’s almost 5%, which is better than I would have thought.

2015-nationalityWhere in the world my reading took me. Now this is kind of creepy. In both 2014 and 2015 I traveled to 27 countries (cue Twilight Zone music). Different countries, true, but weird just the same.


Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria


Map Legend: 10%, 27 of 263 Territories


AustraliaSolomon IslandsCanadaChinaFranceGermanyGreeceIcelandIndiaIsraelItalyJapanKenyaKorea, NorthMexicoNigeriaNetherlandsPakistanPhilippinesRussiaSingaporeSpainSwedenSwitzerlandUnited KingdomUnited StatesWest Bank


Where I read in 2015


  1. No matter how you explain it, you read an amazing number of books. I, too, enjoy audio books. Have one running in the car always. Audio books are also great when one isn’t feeling well but needs to have a diversion.
    Thinking of Lucy today!

  2. 81 books is about 80 more than a lot of people read.
    I need to add some columns to my reading excel next year! You have some excellent stats! This was definitely the first year that I made an extra effort to actually think about who I’m reading but it’s still about 70% female authors.
    And I don’t think you’re the only one that’s struggled this year! Especially towards the end of the year, there have been struggles across the board. Here’s to 2016! Looking forward to more wonderful, thought-provoking posts from you!

  3. I felt like my reading was down this year too. I read nearly as many books, but definitely read more comics, so I think the number of “actual books” was down. That’s a bummer but also that’s life, so I try not to worry much about it! Looks like you had a decent year despite a slower reading pace!

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