Writing my Best Books of the Year and Least Favourite Books of the Year posts got me thinking about my overall reading experience. I felt the need to find out more about what I read this year. The year is not quite over yet but I don’t think I will finish any more books.
Overall I read 31,935 pages across 103 books which makes less than 300 pages per book. Apparently I read fewer fantasy tomes this year.
Of these books 59 were written by women and 38 by men, the rest were anthologies or graphic novels with more than one creator. I would have thought the number of books written by women would be higher because I gravitate more towards books written by women, especially when it comes to non-fiction. This is not a conscious decision on my end but rather something that happens. My Best of the Year-list is overwhelmingly female so for the upcoming year I will try and reflect that by reading more books written by women (the rest of my bookish resolutions can be found here).
Shelves and genres:
For the genres I used my own Goodreads shelf – which works ok except I sometimes shelve books as more than one genre.
45 fantasy/ Sci Fi/ Dystopia
30 literary fiction/ general fiction
20 short story collections
19 non fiction (with 15 memoirs)
6 Young Adult (and only one of those got 4 stars)
58 ARCs (this is – a lot.)
6 DNF (shelved) + 4 DNF (unshelved) (that is a lot less bad than I thought it would be)
I also found it interesting to find out for myself what ratings I gave this year:
15 x 5 stars
52 x 4 stars
26 x 3 stars
9 x 2 stars
I only gave one book 1 star – but that one really deserved it.
Most read authors
- N. K. Jemisin with 6 books, which should come as no surprise. I adore her and her work is by far my favourite find of 2017.
- Robert Jackson Bennet, Jeff VanderMeer and Lidia Yuknavitch with three books each;
- Elizabeth Strout and Amber Sparks with two books each.
I tend to author-hop a lot, I can rarely stay focused on one series without taken breaks and this is mirrored by my very short list of authors I have read two or more books of in 2017.
So, overall a pretty typical year for me. I read widely with a bit of a focus on SFF and all related subgenres. I felt like I had read less SFF than I ultimately did which works fine for me.
Tell me about your year in reading. How was it? Also, I wish you all a very happy new year and hope you’ll spend New Year’s Eve in a way that you’ll enjoy! (in my case that means spending it with my partner and another couple, eating too much food and playing board games – what are your plans?)