It is the last day of the year and that means that it is time to look back on the year and reflect a bit. I will do two posts today this one that mostly deals with numbers and goals and stuff like that and another that looks at the stories I really enjoyed this year.
Reading goals of 2014
- Blog about every story
- Read 100 short stories
- Read 5 classic genre books
- Read books by more divers authors
- Read all 5 Hugo nominated novels
- Read something by Ursula K. Le Guin & James Tiptree Jr.
- Read 40 novel length books including the books for the other goals
Lets start by looking at what type of stories I read this year. If we ignore the crazy amount of comics I read, then I read 47 novels and 112 short stories and a few non fiction books. That is not bad at all. I had committed myself to read 100 short stories – that goal is definitely reached. And I wanted to read 40 novels this year, which I also accomplished. So I reached goal 2 and 7 without any problems. Last year I read 76 novels but I was also unemployed for half the year and I did not read this crazy amount of other work.
I read a much wider range of authors this year I read 74 different short story authors and 19 novel authors and only 33 authors last year. There is a bit of an overlap between the two but that still means that I read almost 100 authors’ work this year. I am quite proud of that! If I look at the map of where all those authors were from they are definitely a more diverse group then the group I read last year. Though by increasing the number of authors I also increased the number of american authors. I have read more people of color if not a higher percentage. Which means that I also reached goal 4. I largely did this though my reading of short stories. If we look at the gender breakdown, then I have once again read more female than male authors but I have read more men than last year.
I did not read five classic genre books this year. I only read one really, which was The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. I did however also read three short stories by James Tiptree, Jr. which means that I reached goal 6. I do not think I will read any books by Tiptree but I am happy that I have now read something of her.
Ok so did I read all the novels nominated for the Hugos this year. No I did not. However I have to say that it was a special case since one of the nominees was all of Wheel of Time which is no less that 13 books. I did not read Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia. Because it is book three in a series. I tried to read book one and it just didn’t do anything for me, so I didn’t force myself to read book 3. So I didn’t reach goal 3 either.
So did I blog about every single story this year. No I did not. I wanted to but I didn’t get around to it. Especially the short stories are missing review. And for my November reads I ended up just doing one post for all of them. I just couldn’t seem to get around to it.
- Blog about every story – nope didn’t do it 🙁
- Read 100 short stories – yes 112 short stories! 🙂
- Read 5 classic genre books – no, just one 🙁
- Read books by more divers authors – Yes! 🙂
- Read all 5 Hugo nominated novels – No, but the ones worth reading
- Read something by Ursula K. Le Guin & James Tiptree Jr. – Yep 🙂
- Read 40 novel length books including the books for the other goals – Yep 47 novels and two non fiction books and 2 collections. 🙂
Ok what about genre, was it all urban fantasy again (last year 44% or 34 of the books were urban fantasy)? This year it is actually worse 61% of the books I have read has been urban fantasy. Ok I knew I got an addiction, but it is also the genre I like the best – it is my comfort reading. However I should probably make a goal for next years reading of getting under 50% urban fantasy. I should challenge myself more.
I had 15 books I was looking forward to coming out this year. Lets just take a quick look at that list. I read 10 of them while two of them didn’t came out this year and I decided against the rest when they came out. Strangely enough two of the books I didn’t read was by Seanan McGuire. I am trying to read more widely and four books by one author takes up a lot of reading slots in a less than 50 book reading year. I will do a similar list for 2015 within the next week.