Over the weekend I read my hundredth book of 2017. I am pretty excited about the achievement, so I thought I’d share some stats and favorites! Also, I thought I was doing great at keeping my fiction/non-fiction split close to 50/50, but a closer look tells me that that is a lie, so I need to post this sad fact which will hopefully shame / force myself to do better!
I split my reads into two tabs in my Google Sheets tracking document this year, because combining comics messes up my stats. So comics and graphic novels have been split out into their own section here as well. Doing this makes me feel better about my book reading – my comics are still sadly more white and male.
First, the book books, of which there were 75: Fiction: 41 / Non-Fiction: 27 / YA Fiction: 7
Some fun stats:
- Writer of Color: 39 (52%) (African-American – 24 / South-Asian – 4 / Latinx – 5 / Asian – 4 / anthology ft various – 2)
- International: 4 (5%) (Iranian, South Korean, Spanish, Chilean)
- Translated: 3 (4%) (South Korean, Spanish, Chilean)
- LGBTQ author: 12 (16%)
- Female author: 61 (81%) (male+female gives another 4 or 5%)
- TBR: 16 (21%)
- Romance: 8 / Urban Fantasy: 13
- Novellas (under 150 pages): 12 / Chunksters (over 450 pages): 6
And for the comics and graphic novels, of which there were 25: Comics: 19 / Graphic Novels: 7
Some fun stats:
- Non-Fiction: 2 (8%)
- Writer of Color: 10 (40%)
- LGBTQ author: 1 (4%)
- Female author: 8 (32%) (male+female gives another 7 or 28%)
- Rereads: 9 (36%) (I’ve been re-reading series as I catch up)
- TBR: 9 (36%) (I had been ignoring comic reading last year, although still buying the trades)
I’m doing pretty decently (with very little actual effort) at reading female authors and authors of color. I need to do much better in terms of international and LGBTQ authors, and I would like to read more translated works as well. Number one priority though is definitely to read more non-fiction.
I am almost done re-reading and catching up on my comic series, so I can’t see that section remaining as such a high percentage of my overall reading. What I do have remaining has more women and creators of color though which is good. My comic reading is… not so diverse 😛
Top 5 favorites:
- Sushine by Robin McKinley (fantasy) <— seriously I had to return the library copy so bought my own copy and have already started re-reading it
- Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (short stories) <— plus I GOT TO MEET HER and she’s even more amazing in person
- Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter edited by Jordan T Camp and Christina Heatherton (anthology) <— shouldn’t be a surprise if you look through my post history
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (novel) <— swoons, so good
- Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan (comic) <— see even my fave comic is by a white dude, how disappointing for my reading diversity
*The page above, 2017 Reads, has the full list of all my reads of the year.