I still love compiling this post each year. I consult my trusty spreadsheet which has over ten years of basic data on it, and pull out some comparative figures about my year of reading. The top graph is accurate up to yesterday, the others to Boxing Day!
For those of you who don’t like the graphs, I’ve done a few ‘fun’ things at the bottom of the page!
Books and Pages Read
Note the novella effect – a few more books read, about the same number of pages. I’m achieving a consistency here! Interestingly, I appear to have read the most chunksters in 2011 – my average pages per book was at a high of 317 then vs 265 this year.
Year of Publication
No pre-1900 books this year, but I have managed to restrain myself slightly – the percentage of the shiniest newest books published this year is down by 5% to under 50% for the first time in a while.
Source of Books Read
I’ve only kept source stats for three years, but it’s good to see that this year (blue), I read more from my TBR (books in the house before 1 Jan 2018), and also more from my own copies vs review copies. This picture is encouraging, so I shall definitely keep monitoring this statistic.
This is where authors were born, not which language their books are written in. See my post from a couple of days ago on books read in translation for more info (here). The one continent missing this year is South America – last year I read no books by Asian authors.
Genre / Categories
The only points of note are really that Non-fiction is up, and so are crime/thrillers.
Authors: Women vs Men
I still maintain that I don’t consciously select books to read based on the gender of the author. However my weak trend towards parity continues, even if I was slightly down on the number of women authors read compared with 2016.
Known vs New To Me Authors (yes, it’s the last graph!)
My love of discovering new authors to read continues unabated, but the numbers are showing a trend towards parity – bolstered by reading several Muriel Sparks and a couple of Irish Murdochs etc. – is this a blip or a proper trend – who knows!
Fun, Fun, Fun
Now for a little bit of fun. I scoured the titles of books read this year to pick out a few themes that crop up regularly…
- Animals: Bird, Cat, Cow, Dog, Firefly, Hawk.
- Body parts: Head, Heart, Face, Eye.
- Colours: Red (x2), Orange (x2) + Tangerine, Gold, Blue, Purple, Black, White – our book group largely chose books based upon colours for half of this year.
- Names – Girls: Billie, Daphne, Eleanor, Elsie, Jane, Laila, Poldi. Boys: Alexander, Danny, Georgie, Gustav, Loki, Paddy, Vernon.
- Places: Crewe, England, France, Paris, Reading, Washington, White City, Yukon Shops: Convenience Store, Post Office, Woolworths.
- Occupations: Abbess, Bookseller Italian Teacher, King, Postman, Prince, Singer, Surrealist.
- Weather: A Low and Quiet Sea, Clear Ice-cold January Morning, Cloud, Snow, Wind,
That’s all Folks!
Books of the Year tomorrow.