This is always one of my favorite posts of the year: reflecting back on my year in books, and tallying up all my nerdy reading stats.
Before we get to the pretty graphs, here are a few thoughts about my reading year:
- I read a lot of books. (125). Five more than 2016. I don’t think I’m going to be able to match that volume this year.
- My fiction to non-fiction ratio stayed close to the same as last year (61% non-fiction), and my female to male author split was nearly even (52% female).
- My audiobook consumption stayed about the same (47 this year, 45 last year), even though my podcast consumption has increased. I spend a lot of time listening to the spoken word.
- I failed at my “Read My Own Damn Books” goals. I only read 11 books that I’ve owned longer than a year, verses 29 in 2016. I’m setting a goal of 24, two per month, for 2018.
- I’m proud of how much I increased my diversity of author nationalities: 42% of the books I read were non-American authors, and I read books from authors of 26 different nationalities. In 2016, only 35% of the books I read were written by non-American authors, and they were from a smaller variety of countries (only 14). I also read multiple books by authors from every continent (except Antarctica … when penguins start writing books I will be first in line to read them).
This year’s Polysyllabic Spree posts (a breakdown of the books I bought and read each month, including mini-reviews): January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.
Here’s a link to all the books I read in 2017 (via GoodReads).
What were the best books you read in 2017?