Here we are, the second day of 2018, and I’m already letting this blog slide – at least mentally. I thought it would be harder to let go of posting regularly, and not posting reviews of everything I read – but quite frankly – I’ve finished 2 books in the past week, and I don’t even care that I haven’t written about them. I almost wasn’t going to at all… but I’ll do it after this.
Anyway, looks like I have more soul searching to do regarding this blog. I’m coming up on 8 years… I don’t know.
BUT THIS IS NOT WHAT THIS POST IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT.
I totaled up all my reading stats for 2017, to see how my reading patterns naturally fell over the course of a year. I didn’t make any extra effort in any direction – just read what interested me. I was particularly interested in how I read female authors, POC authors or MAIN characters, Non-Fiction, and LGBTQ authors or MAIN characters. Here’s what happened:
I read 120 books (33,762 pages).
82 or 68.3% were by female authors.
36 or 30% were by POC authors or featured POC main characters.
29 or 24.2% were non-fiction books.
15 or 12.5% were by LGBTQ authors or featured LGBTQ main characters.
I’ll start with the easy: I’m perfectly happy with about a quarter of my reading being nonfiction. I’m happy that I read more female authors, and while 68% is a great number – I honestly thought it was going to be a higher percentage. I feel that 30% POC unfortunately feels accurate, but I want to increase that significantly. I am truly surprised at how low LGBTQ really was. That is eye opening to me, and I guess was the point of doing this in the first place.
The problem now is that I will have little to no control over what I’m reading for most of this year. (See this post for more info on why). BUT I will be reading all (or most of – not sure how this works just yet) so I will be curious to see how that changes my stats for next year. If I do this again (not this year, but maybe next) I really should do a 6 month check-in, so that I can make adjustments as needed.