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.
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!
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.
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.
Where 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.
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!
Just got off the phone with mom, but no news.
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!
There’s a good book tracking spreadsheet on Book Riot. I’ve always used pen and paper, but I may get techy this year.
I’ve read about 80 books this year too which is a bit less than I used to – the thing that matters most is that you’re enjoying what you’re reading 🙂 I’ve been reading more translated fiction this year and hope to discover more in 2016.
I think your geography diversity is pretty amazing! You got a lot of countries on there! And my genre breakout looks similar to yours…which prompted me to set reading more nonfiction as one of my 2015 goals.
Yep, must do more non fiction in 2016. I think I might also track my back list reads.
I also haven’t been reading a whole lot of non fiction, which disappoints me because at one point in my life it was pretty much all that I read. Something to work on for 2016.
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!
Nice graphs. 81 still sounds good to me. Not to worry, enjoy your 2016!
fun to see someone else loves charts and pies! here are mine: http://wordsandpeace.com/2016/01/01/year-of-reading-2015-part-2/
Your geographic diversity is much greater than mine, I think! When travelling abroad, I’ve generally been surprised by how many American books I see.
I love to read about far away places!