or “Ha, of course I did not blog for two years after we created this blog“
I always start my year out with the goal (and Goodreads challenge) to read at least 50 books and bump up the book count on Goodreads if and when I surpass it.
So, in 2014 I read a total of 75 books (or what Goodreads counts as such). I will talk about my favourites later, now it is time for some fun and slightly messy statistics. I did not follow any particular goals in terms of genre, gender or race last year, but I know that I tend to pick books by female authors instinctively, and also I seem to read quite a lot of Young Adult novels, because they are easy and fun reads. My statistics might be a bit inconsistent in the genre area – some sub-genres I used, others I did not – but I hope they will still be interesting to look at. So, let’s get started.
First of all, of the 75 “books“, 10 were actually short stories (those mini-stories between books), 6 were audiobooks, and 59 were book books. Keen as I was, I even counted how many of the books (and for this graph, short stories) were ebooks and how many were real (in the physical sense) books. I thank the library for supplying me with so many awesome novels.
I felt like in the second half of 2014 I graduated a bit from my YAs. I will have to compare these statistics to the ones I will totally make in 2015 *cough* because the dominating genre in my reading still seems to be YA. If you are interested in which books I specifically read you can just go to my Goodreads 2014 reading challenge. I could of course have made a distinction in sub-genres for the YAs but putting those genre labels on things is quite hard, I realised, so I am abstaining from it. I did try for the non-YA things though, although there I faced the difficulty of not counting things doubly.
So, know that technically I read 16 Classics, 6 of which were written after the year 1900 (let’s call them Modern), and 10 of which were written before 1900. But I decided to put Winnie the Pooh into the Children’s book section, and Dune and Ender’s Game into the Science-Fiction category, so only 13 books were counted towards “Classics“ on the graph. At the same time, I counted Marissa Meyer’s Cress towards the YA section and not Science-Fiction.
Fun fact: All of the non-fictitious and biographical books were audiobooks. I love listening to people tell their own life story, I discovered.
As I said, I seem to pick up more books written by women than by men. Especially in Classics, I find the novels by female writers a lot more relatable and the female characters more believable (shocking, I know). Also, in YA you find many female writers, so me reading a lot of YA does probably add to that count. I did not explicitly go out of my way to choose more books by male authors but it seems that a few snuck their way into my reading anyway, and I enjoyed most of those few books a lot. Note that I counted Robert Galbraith towards the women, because J.K. Rowling.
So, that’s my reading of 2014 in graphs. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have some statistics yourself I would be interested in hearing them!