These are, of course, entirely meaningless to anyone but me but it’s too damned hot here to do much else than make pretty charts and hide from the sun.
I read more than ever last year (178 books) which surprises me as my non-reading life was pretty hectic. But I have always turned to books for escape and these days I hardly turn the television on so any leisure time I do have is spent reading. Still I’ve only aimed to read 144 books in the 2012 reading challenge over at Good Reads as something tells me this year might not be quite as amenable to my reading.
I visited 28 countries individually and had a ‘multiple’ category for books where action crossed 3 or more countries.
The chart below looks at the format of the books I read for the last few years. You can probably tell when I discovered audible for downloading audio books and when I bought my eReader. My aim is to be reading pretty much entirely in digital format by 2015 and I’m well on the way. It’s not that I don’t like physical books but I just hate the hassle of storing and disposing of them.
I didn’t have quite as many 5 star ratings this year but I’m still happy that 85% of the books I read were worth rating 3 or above which means ‘worth reading’ on my scale.
There are a few factors I look at when assessing the diversity of my reading including books that are translated, by new authors, by Australian authors and by gender. I’m reasonably pleased with the range of my reading though I’d like to up my percentage of translated fiction a little which I hope to achieve in 2012 by trying to read as many titles eligible for the International Dagger award for translated crime fiction as I can.
There’s not much point me doing a chart to depict the different genres I read as the vast majority of my books were crime fiction. This might change a little in 2012 as the one challenge I’ve signed up for requires me to dabble in some other genres and I have vague ideas of reading a bit more general fiction as well as some non-fiction. We’ll see eh?
Finally a look at the books I acquired during the year. Apart from there being far too many (again) I don’t really draw any meaningful insight from these numbers. One of my unofficial resolutions for 2012 is to use the library more so that I can afford to buy books locally. It costs more than buying from overseas online but I don’t want book shops to disappear from my home town all together. So hopefully next year this chart will look a little different.