It’s always interesting to look back at the past year’s books and crunch some numbers to observe if there are any trends and help plan for the year ahead. This year I started tracking which books I read on Goodreads, which is great because it means I have an accurate overview, as it’s easy to forget which books I was reading 12 months ago.
Findings from 2018
In 2018, I read 56 books, corresponding to 16320 pages (!), I doubt I’ve ever read that many books in one year. I mostly read novels (64%), the rest was a combination of non-fiction/memoirs/self-help books.
Of those books, 59% were written by women (33 books), 39% by men (22 books) and 2% by a woman/man couple (1 book). I paid more attention this year to selecting books written by women so I’m glad that is reflected in these numbers and it balances out my 2017 gender gap.
Without particularly trying to diversify, the authors of the books are from 13 different nationalities (Austria, Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Switserland, USA), however with a high proportion of the books written by authors from the USA. I read mostly in English, and just a few books in French and one in Italian.
The books I read were published between 1946 and 2018, however the large majority of what I chose to read was written from 2000 onward (84%). Like for movies, I tend to be attracted more by recent books.
Plans for 2019
I would like to make a more conscious effort to support new authors, as well as read more books from different countries. (I’m so inspired by the story of the lady who read a book from every country in the world)
I will continue to strive for gender balance. I plan to source my books from a combination of the public library, independent bookstores, gifts (I received four great books by women authors for Christmas, hooray!) and the little free libraries in the neighbourhood.
I’m curious to hear your reading plans for 2019. Feel free to share in the comments:)