Books I’ve Read in 2014 – Overview and Statistics

This year I have read 118 books. I won’t list them all here – that would take up far too much room. Besides, since the end of May they’ve all been reviewed and linked to in my Review Index page. Instead, here’s the break down on genre, authors, format, and rating.

Genera and Format Statistics

Total: 118

Average books read per month: 9.83

Rereads: 7.63% (9/118)

Audio:  5.93% (7/118)

Nonfiction: 4.24% (5/118)

Fantasy: 72.03% (85/118)

Science Fiction: 13.56% (16/118)

Mystery: 4.24%  (5/118)

Short Story Collection: 5.08% (6/118)

Young Adult: 24.58% (29/118)

Author Statistics

Authors: 78

Female Authors: 52.56% (41/78)

Male Authors: 44.87% (35/78)

Note – remainder is taken up by books with more than one author.

Books by Female Authors: 60.17% (71/118)

Books by Male Authors: 38.14% (45/118)

Non-white Authors: 6.41% (5/78)

Books by Non-white Authors: 5.08% (6/118)

Protagonist* Statistics

*Protagonist defined as the person the book centers on. 

Books with a Male Protagonist: 27.12% (32/118)

Books with a Female Protagonist: 46.61% (55/118)

Books with No or More Than One Protagonist: 26.27% (55/118)

Books with a Non-white Protagonist: 21.19% (25/118)

Books with an LGBTQ Protagonist: 13.56% (16/118)

My eight most read authors (number of books read in parenthesis):

1. Brandon Sanderson (10)

2. Robin Hobb (5)

5. Sharon Shinn (4)

5. George R.R. Martin (4)

5. Robin McKinley (4)

8. Maggie Stiefvater (3)

8. Ellen Kushner (3)

8. Terry Pratchett (3)

My favorite book from each month (doesn’t include rereads):

January – The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

February – The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

March – The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

April – Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

May – Written in Red by Anne Bishop

June – Fool’s War by Sarah Zettel

July – Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

August – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

September – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

October – Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

November – God’s War by Kameron Hurley

December – A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin

Books I gave 5 stars (doesn’t include rereads):

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone

Fool’s War by Sarah Zettel

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Some of the diversity statistics are rather horrible (non-white authors for instance), but there’re actually better than in previous years. Still, in 2015 I want to improve these numbers. I plan on at least doubling the amount of books by non-white authors, and I’ve already got some titles picked out. It may also be good to read less than 70% fantasy or to up the non-fiction reading, but I’m not making any specific goals in that area.

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