2014: The Numbers

This post is so woefully overdue that I almost wasn’t going to write it. Then I thought, hey, what’s the use of all this data just sitting here all by itself? I know there are numbers nerds out there, so I’m going to share.

Total books read

97

This is down from 2013, which was at 101. Do I have excuses? You bet i do! Do you care? Probably not.

 

The gender break down: Not bad, if I do say so myself!! And more female authors read than the year before. But am I giving male authors a fair chance?

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The genre breakdown: Yowzers! Not a great split. And when you look at the gender breakdown of the authors, it’s even more depressing. Only 40% of the non-fiction I read was by women. Ponder to yourselves what that may mean. I think it means I don’t read many memoirs and that so-called serious books tend to be written by men, and yes, there is a problem with that.

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Author’s Nationality: Looks like I read a lot of Americans this year. Again. But I also read many more Brits, and that was one of my goals now that I’m living permanently in the UK. And you can see that CanLit suffered as a result.

I also made up the category of Global. There were quite a few authors I read this year that truly are global citizens. For example, born in India, went to university in the US, and divides their time between the UK and India.

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Where in the world my reading took me: Unfortunately, this neat little map does not show how much I read set in each country. So, for example, it looks like I did a lot of Russian reading, when in fact I read only one book set there. Australia, on the other hand, fared quite well in my reading in 2014.

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
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AfghanistanAmerican SamoaAustraliaBelgiumCanadaChileCubaCook IslandsEgyptFrench PolynesiaFranceGermanyHaitiIndiaJapanKenyaNetherlandsNepalPakistanPortugalPapua New GuineaPhilippinesRussiaTanzaniaUnited KingdomUnited StatesVietnam

 

Where my reading took me


Free-Range Reading is here!!

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Yes, it is time for the event you’ve all been waiting for … Free-Range Reading!!

The concept is quite simple: November 1 – December 15, 2014 you aim to read without a plan, without a road map, without direction. There are no deadlines. You just read and see where it takes you. But most of all, you read for the pure joy of it.

And in the spirit of Free-Range Reading, I am proposing that you participate in whatever way best suits you. For me I’m going to go to the library and grab whatever suits me, browse my bookshelves to see what forgotten gems are lurking there and who know, I may even hit up a few book shops. And of course, I’m going to include at least a few non-fiction picks for Non-Fiction November.

Below is a linky so that you can share your plans (or lack there of) for Free-Range Reading, announce you participation or reviews of the hidden gems you’ve unearthed.  Enjoy and keep reading!

Free Range Reading

I don’t know who came up with the term ‘free range reading’. I first saw it used by Heather at The Capricious Reader. Anyways, I’ve interpreted it to mean reading without a plan, without direction or deadlines. Reading just to see where it takes you. I think with blogging so many of us get caught up in reading and writing about the next big book. We are subject to publication dates for the ARCs we receive and we feel pressure to READ, READ, READ. Or at least that’s how I sometime feel.

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Bout of Books 11

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I wasn’t going to sign up, but peer pressure has got the better of me, and I have a ton of books that need reading, so here I go. I’m in and I’m committed. In case you’re not familiar with Bout of Books:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My plan is simple, I’m going to read, and read a lot.

  • Finish The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
  • Read The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters if I can get my hands on a copy before I see her on Aug 25.
  • Read and make notes on Skim and This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki before recording my first ever podcast appearance on WriteReads.
  • That can’t seriously be it, can it? Well, I have four blog posts that need writing, so does that count?

Have fun and good luck to all.

UPDATES

Monday: finished reading The Story Hour. (forgot to count pages)

Tuesday: read Skim. Started Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe.

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Summer Reading

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Who knew that making a Top Ten List could be so hard? I set certain limitations on myself for this list: no Advanced Readers Copies and at least some back list. I even included three titles from my 2014 TBR Pile Challenge, hosted by the Roof Beam Reader. And as always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Looking at the list now, I am realizing how terribly UN-diverse it seems. Rest assured, I will be reading other things this summer. I mean, two months and only 10 books? I can do better than that!

Bout of Books 10

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So this is my first Bout of Books. Do I have a plan? NO! Should I? YES!

I’ve cleared my schedule to a certain extent so I can dedicate myself to reading. That being said, my daughter has her school Swim-a-thon, which I’m chaperoning. I don’t have my schedule yet, but it goes on all week. And my mom is coming to visit.

My goal is to read 3-4 books. The candidates are:

  • The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland – oops, finished this before the bout started!
  • Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston  – done!
  • Smoke River by Krista Foss
  • Festival of Earthly Delights by Matt Dojny
  • Landing Gear by Kate Pullinger
  • and something from my TBR Challenge list

I’m also hoping to take part in two Twitter chats. This post is will be a sticky and will catalog my daily progress. Good luck to all! MONDAY – 120 pages read. TUESDAY – 100 pages read. WEDNESDAY – 172 pages read.

THURSDAY – Best day yet!! 229 pages read.

  • finished Landing Gear.

FRIDAY – 148 pages read. Mostly outside, in the sun.

  • started The Festival of Earthly Delights.

 

Bloggiesta Spring 2014

Bloggiesta-SP2014It’s kind of funny that Bloggiesta always seems to arrive when I need it most. Which is just another way of saying HELP,THIS BLOG NEEDS SOME LOVE. I am too overwhelmed to even give much thought to my To-Do list, so I will likely add to it over the next few days, but here is a start.

  1. Update Reviews List
  2. Catch up on reading to April 1
  3. Write three reviews
  4. Clean up Pinterest
  5. Update About page
  6. River City Reading’s PicMonkey Mini Challenge
  7. Doing Dewey’s Social Media (Especially Pinterest) Mini-Challenge
  8. Love At First Book’s Twitter List Mini Challenge
  9. Get ahead on Cover Wars
  10. Do March round up
  11. update LinkedIn

And I’m sure many other Mini Challenges will come my way. Good luck to everyone and get busy!