2017 Reading Overview and Statistics

I read 167 books this year, which is about thirty less than last year. I’m not sure if there’s a reason for the decline, although I suspect that 167 is about normal for me and that 2016 was just a strangely high number of books read.

Anyway, this post will be some statistics about my reading in 2017! I’ll also be going over how I did on my reading goals for the year and setting some new goals for 2018.

Genre and Format Statistics

Total: 167

Month with Most Books Read: March (21)

Month with Least Books Read: February (6)

Rereads: 3 (1.80%)

Advanced Reviewer’s Copies: 71 (42.51%)

Ebooks: 33 (19.76%)

Library: 11 (6.59%)

Print: 51 (30.54%)

Audio: 1 (0.60%)

Graphic novel: 3 (1.8%)

Fantasy: 97 (58.08%)

Science Fiction: 63 (37.72%)

Contemporary: 2 (1.20%)

Mixed genres: 5 (2.99%)

Young Adult: 35 (20.96%)

The biggest change here is that the number of ARCs has almost doubled. However, I’m glad it’s under 50%. I don’t want to only be reading advanced copies (and frontlist books at that). I think in 2018, I need to be checking out more backlist books from the library. I’m also going to start tracking year of publication, so I’ll have more information on backlist/frontlist reading.

Author Statistics

Books by “New to Me” Authors: 71 (42.51%)

Books by Female Authors: 103 (61.68%)

Books by Male Authors: 40 (23.95%)

Books by Nonbinary Authors: 10 (5.99%)

Books by POC Authors: 44 (26.35%)

Books by “New to Me” POC Authors: 29 (17.37%)

Not a whole lot of growth in books by POC authors (more on that in my goals section). The percentage of female authors I’ve read this year has sunk from 74.87%, but percentage of books by male authors has seen only a slight rise. Books by nonbinary authors had the most growth, from only 1.54% last year.

Protagonist Statistics

Books with Female Protagonists: 79 (47.31%)

Books with Male Protagonists: 19 (11.38%)

Books with Protagonists of Multiple Genders: 52 (31.14%)

Books with Nonbinary Protagonists: 3 (1.8%)

Books with POC Protagonists: 77 (46.11%)

Books with Queer Protagonists: 53 (31.74%)

By some weird coincidence, the number of books I read this year with queer protagonists is exactly the same as last year. However, I read fewer books overall, so the percentage is higher. The biggest difference between 2016 and 2017 is that in 2016 I read 50 books with male protagonists. I knew I prefer books with female protagonists (and I lean towards those when making my book selections), but I hadn’t realized the gap was this large.

For 2018, I’m going to stop tracking how many books have protagonists of color, since it can be hard to tell with a lot of the fantasy novels, and I think having a diverse group of authors is more important anyway.

Most Read Authors

James S.A. Corey/Daniel Abraham (7 books)

Martha Wells (4 books)

Brandon Sanderson (4 books)

Emma Newman (3 books)

John Scalzi (3 books)

Seanan McGuire (3 books)

Mount TBR Reading

As usual, I didn’t make a huge amount of progress on my TBR pile. I read 90 books from it (including new purchases) and added 106 books. So overall, my TBR pile grew by 16 books.

Most Viewed Posts (* marks those published in 2017)

  1. Review of Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks
  2. Review of The Steel Seraglio by Linda, Louise, and Mike Carey
  3. Review of An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
  4. Review of Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
  5. Review of The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun*
  6. Review of The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley*
  7. Review of Ariah by B.R. Sanders
  8. Review of Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylvers*
  9. Review of The Archer Who Shot Down Suns: Scale-Bright Stories by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  10. Review of Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller*

Since 2016, Fire Logic has actually become my all-time, most-viewed post. Clearly, queer SFF novels continue to attract the most views.

I do find the high views for Scale-Bright Stories a bit unexpected. I published that review way back when I first made this blog, and it wasn’t getting this many views last year. Maybe more people are searching for it online and landing on my review?

Most Viewed Posts Written in 2017

  1. Review of The Root by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun
  2. Review of The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
  3. Review of Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylvers
  4. Review of Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
  5. Review of Keeper of the Dawn by Diana Gunn
  6. Review of The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg
  7. Guest Post: World Building and Culture in the Hexarchate by Yoon Ha Lee
  8. Review of Dreadnought by April Daniels
  9. Review of Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  10. Review of Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

I’m betting that some of these will keep getting views and end up making the top ten for next year’s list of most viewed posts. Also, these are pretty much all from the first half of the year. Reviews from the second half probably just haven’t had enough time to garnish views.

2017 Goals Overview

I had mixed success with my 2017 reading goals.

I wanted to submit over a hundred reviews to Netgalley. As of this moment, I have 132 books where I’ve submitted feedback.

I continued to read books by women and nonbinary authors.

I read 53 books with queer protagonists, surpassing my goal of 50.

However, I read only 44 books by people of color, falling short of my goal of 50.

Goals for 2018

I want to keep my TBR pile at least stagnant. That means for every book I add to it, I’ve got to read at least one off it.

I want to continue reading books with queer protagonists. I don’t think I’m going to set a specific goal this year though.

I want to read more books by people of color. Instead of coming up with a number or a percentage, I’m changing tactics. My goal is for every week I post reviews (so, most of them), I’ll have at least one review of a book by a person of color. I think this goal will help me figure out planning and what I should be reading next.

I don’t know what 2018 will bring, but hopefully there’ll at least be some good books!

 

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Tammy says:

    I know I just googled Benjanun Sriduangkaew recently because she had a new book out in December, so maybe that’s why? Or I did hear there is a lot of negative controversy surrounding her so could be that also (and I’m not trying to spread rumors, just something I ran across while looking for more info about her.) Good luck with your goals!

    1. The new book makes sense. And yes, I’ve heard about the controversy. That could also have played into it.

  2. I love reading everyone’s end of the year posts – but I especially loved how detailed you broke down your stats! 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’m enough of a nerd that I really love doing end of year stats.

  3. Those are some awesome categories, now I’m inspired to add a few of those, like “new to me” authors. And I also had a thought: maybe all the serials had something to do with maybe you had “less” books last year compared to 2016? I mean, you did read a lot of Serial Box titles, and many of them are quite LONG! Like 2-3 times as long as an average book sometimes. Plus you wrote a review for every episode too, which is really impressive! And nice, “most read author” is James S.A. Corey! Gotta love the read-alongs 😀

    1. That’s a good point about the serials! I did season one of The Witch Who Came in from the Cold, seasons two and three of Tremontaine, and two and three of Bookburners.

      I haven’t started Persepolis Rising yet, but I’m excited about it!

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