The year is almost over and I think it is time to look back on what I read this year. I will do a few posts on this, in this first one I will look at the reading stats of this year. How much did I read, by who and about whom?
This year I have read more books and stories than I have ever before – at least since I started keeping track of what I am reading. I have read 86 novel length works and I think I will sneak in one more before new years eve – there are four days yet after all.
I have also read a huge number of short stories both in collections, anthologies, in magazines and randomly single stories on the web. In this post I will only look at the novels I have read this year.
What were the books?
In 2011 and 2012 I read about 50 books each year, so 86+ novel length works is quite a step up. Not all of them were novels though.
Non fiction: 2
Collections, anthologies etc.: 8
So who have I read this year?
I am excluding the non-fiction and the multi-author collections. That leaves the novels. This year I read works by 33 authors. I have also read a lot of people who I have not read before, as well as some authors who I am long time fans of.
Authors that I have not read before: Suzanne Collins, Audrey Niffenegger, Carrie Vaughn, Jim C. Hines, Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Carriger, Eve Langlais, Ann Leckie, Alan Barnes, Peter S. Beagle, Diana Rowland, Richelle Mead, Philippa Ballantine, Tee Morris, Sophie Oak, Patricia A. Knight, Kaitlyn O’Connor, Shelly Laurenston, Saskia Walker, Kim Harrison, Tim Maughan
Authors who I have read before: Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant), Anne Perry, Tamora Pierce, Meljean Brook, Laurell K. Hamilton, Ben Aaronovitch, Neil Gaiman, Ian Tregillis, Jacqueline Carey, Nalini Singh, Faith Hunter, Tansy Rayner Roberts
24% male authors and 76 % female authors
Lets call it 100 % and look embraced.
33 % of the authors I read lives outside US, most in United Kingdom
So that was a really interesting little statistics on the authors. I’m not surprised on the number of female authors I read this year, I always read more female than men. I find it a bit embracing that only one of the authors I read this year were non-white – I think that might be part of my new year resolution, to read more POC authors. I am however quite pleased at how many non-American authors I read this year, I was fearing a something more like 90 % Americans, but it turns out that the United Kingdom has been quite well represented this year.
So what about genres?
I would like to see genres that has dominated this year’s reading. I will try to just pick the dominating genre for each book. I will count all books in series.
Urban fantasy: 34
Science fiction: 11
Romance/erotica/paranormal romance: 11
Alternative history: 2
Superhero fiction: 1
Media tie-in: 1
Urban fantasy has definitely dominated the year, with a string of good long series of easy to read books. But I have read a good amount of science fiction this year as well and of course a some steamy paranormal romance of different kinds. A lot of these books fit into more than one genre category.
When I was a teenager I was reading way more fantasy than science fiction, but these days it seems that I read very little fantasy. Possibly because I am kind of tired of some the tropes, possibly because science fiction tend to be more thought-provoking. But I do love a good fantasy book every now and again and the ones I read this year has been great