Paying homage to books via coloured charts is now one of my favourite things to do at the end of each blogging year and as I have finished the last book I am going to finish for the year here they are in all their chartish goodness.
I have only been keeping a close record of the books I’ve been reading for four years but even in that short time it’s becoming clear that I am reading more than I used to.
However my print reading has probably evened out over the past couple of years. Although I have finished 35 more books in 2010 than last year, only a handful of the extras have been in some version of print (physical + eBook). The rest of the increase is attributable to audio books (thank you audible).
I read a total of 35,890 pages this year but it doesn’t look very interesting on a chart. My total hours listened however does show one thing: I was pretty lazy in all months except January, April and December. I mainly listen to audio books while walking for exercise so you can see that I have more downs than ups when it comes to motivation.
This year I read roughly the same number of male and female authors, which is much more even than last year’s reading. I didn’t make a conscious effort to do this but it’s probably got something to do with the fact I read less cosy mysteries this year (which tend to be written by women*) and even selected some noir (which tend to be written by men*). The ‘other’ column is not (as far as I know) populated by trans gendered individuals but includes books by multiple authors and those written by authors in disguise 🙂
Thanks in no small part to the Global Reading Challenge I visited 37 countries via my reading (up from 28 last year). Frankly with all the security theatre, snow delays and volcanic ash bringing the airline industry to a standstill I think my version of travel is a heck of a lot easier than the real thing (Australia is a wonderful place to live but it is a long way from just about everywhere and when you’re nearly 6ft tall spending 20 hours in a plane is not a bundle of laughs). I’m aiming to complete lots of location-based challenges in 2011 so I hope to be able to continue my virtual travel. Amy’s Eastern European challenge looks like it will provide the most…er…challenging spots to visit.
This final chart simply tells you that I buy a lot of books, mostly new. Which means bad things for my bank account but at least I am supporting my favourite art in some small way.
I will be posting my list of favourite books for the year tomorrow with another couple of charts included because once you start charting you can’t stop 🙂
*yes, I know this is a generalisation