Number Crunching 2017 Reading Stats

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.

 

5 thoughts on “Number Crunching 2017 Reading Stats

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  1. I’m hoping that 25% or more of my reading is non-fiction this year – I’ve read so little of it in previous years but loved it towards the end of last year. Have fun with your 2018 reading!

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  2. The funny thing about LGBT authors is that you don’t necessarily know they’re LGBT or they don’t necessarily broadcast it – it’s hit or miss so your numbers could be higher 😀 Looks like a pretty diverse year! Also you should link to the Morris Awards post – I was like WTF is going on that you can’t blog this year and was very sad, but it’s an AWESOME opportunitY!

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    1. This is probably very true, I hadn’t considered that. I certainly don’t go through and investigate the lives of each author – and they certainly don’t need to advertise their personal lives as part of their professional life. Thank you for for that.

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