As has become a bit of a personal tradition I like to reflect on my year’s reading in a couple of ways…the first is with a series of meaningless but prettily coloured charts that purport to be some kind of data analysis. This year though I think there is a new queen of reading related stats and graphs must surely be my blogging pal at JoV’s Book Pyramid.
I’ve known for ages that my total ‘books read’ count would be down on previous years but I was a little surprised to see just how much less I read in 2012 than previous years 2012. House selling, house buying, house renovating plus job and family pressures all played their role. But I spoke to someone today who said she hasn’t read a book since high school and she looked to be in her 50’s. So 110 doesn’t seem so bad after all 🙂
Now we’re looking at the format of the books I read by percentage. You can see I discovered audible for downloading audio books in 2009 and bought my eReader at the end of 2010. I had thought then that I would like to be reading entirely in digital format (eBooks and downloaded audio) by 2015 but that doesn’t look too likely at present (only 15% of my printed word reading was in eBook format). The percentage of audio book listening was higher than normal this year as I spent a lot of time in situations that did not allow for printed word reading. Plus I do adore being read to and in times of high stress this year I reached for the earphones.
It’s probably a bit of a stretch for someone who reads almost entirely from a single genre to claim any kind of diversity in my reading but I shall do so nevertheless and the first way I track this is by setting. I visited 21 individual countries this year and have plotted them against those visited last year. I’ve listed my books read by country for this year as well so head over to my virtual travelling post for the details
My percentage of books read that are translated from another language into English has been getting steadily higher, to the point that a quarter of everything I read in 2012 fell into that category. I am pleased with that and would like to maintain this or go even higher in future years. Thanks to all the translators who make this aspect of my reading possible.
I have not however performed as well in the arena of new to me authors, with only 35% of this year’s reading falling into that category. In fact the percentage has been steadily falling since the 12 months following my discovery of book blogs in late 2008. This led to a big about turn in my reading and I devoured dozens of new authors. Since then I’ve been playing catch up with some of those newly discovered series but I shall try to do better on this aspect of my reading in 2013.
On the issue of gender I hit just about dead even this year with 51% of my books read written by women writers. It’s a way down from the 2009 high of 67% but still a figure I’m comfortable with. Even though I am very involved with the Australian Women Writers Challenge I still want to make sure I read a good selection of books by male writers too.
And speaking of Australian authors I am chuffed to have just about hit the 25% mark in this arena as well, as you can see from this graph this category has been a bit topsy turvy in recent years but I’m heading in the right direction now. I love reading and reviewing and supporting local authors (much of which goes on at my other blog – Fair Dinkum Crime)
And once again it would be a bit pointless to have any kind of graph showing my reading of non crime books vs my favourite genre. Maybe next year I’ll read enough ‘other’ books to make a chart 🙂
And finally the embarrassing admission that I’m still buying a lot of books, even though last year I resolved to use the library more. Eeek. I’m going to have to rethink how I achieve this resolution for 2013 because my budget demands I do something…now!
As I have decided to stop talking about my star ratings for books (reasoning to follow in a few days) that’s it from a data point of view for 2012. I’m still mulling over my favourite books for the year but I’ll have those posted in a couple of days.
What about you? Got any book-ish data that you’re particularly chuffed about this year? Or have your numbers got you worried on some front?