My Year in Reading – 2017
For the last couple of years I have been tracking my reading via author gender, book format, genre and author nationality. So here are my results from 2017:
In 2017 I read 72 books which was up on last year and bit closer to my par of previous years. My author gender ratio was the closest to 50:50 I’ve achieved since I started tracking my reading and was in fact was the reason I started tracking in the first place.
My formats stayed roughly the same in 2017 with audio the predominant format thanks to two hours of driving every day. I also squeeze audio books into my dog walks and any around the house jobs I’m doing. The notable format missing is eBooks. After exploring the format for a few years I honestly have no desire to read in that format and thankful all books I wanted to read were available in either print or audio.
Fiction was again my preferred genre with literary fiction the dominant sub-genre. My crime reading was well down in 2017 (30% down to 19%). I think the genre is becoming flooded with gimmick novels rather than page-turners with substance, here’s hoping that changes in 2018. On the good side my children’s fiction was back up on last year.
American writers again dominated my reading but were down from 53% last year to 46%. My Australian writers were also down from 18% to 11% with a slight increase in British writers. I only read 4 nationality of writers in 2016 increasing that to 12 different nationalities this year.
2017 was a disappointing year in reading with a lot of books not meeting my expectations but that is not to say I didn’t read some fantastic books either. However there does seem to be a good crop authors with books on the way in 2018 including Kevin Powers, Kate Atkinson, Derek B. Miller and maybe even a new Eleanor Catton. The new Tim Winton is his best book since Breath. I also look forward to continuing my blacklist binge of Margaret Atwood and Maggie O’Farrell, two of my best discoveries of 2017 (yes, yes how had I not read Margaret Atwood before, I know, I know).