2016 is coming to an end (thank god) and throughout the year, I’ve kept track of the books that I’ve read and compiled a little statistics page as a little homage to the books I read this year. I made one last year too which I’ve linked here. Enjoy!
This year I read: 110 books/other formats
Only 3 were rereads (This number is abysmal so I hope to reread more in the next year)
Thoughts: This number was more of a 50/50 last year. But this year I read a lot more literary fiction and I think I tend to gravitate towards literary fiction written by women for some reason. The “neither” refers to Alex Gino, the author of George, who identifies as neither male or female. I also read a small percentage written by both men and women which tends to refer to short story collections or graphic novels. There’s not necessarily anything I would change about this because I usually read an even amount of people who identify as either male or female so there’s that. It would be great to read something by someone who identifies outside this gender binary like Alex Gino.
Thoughts: This should come as no surprise that I read mostly Fantasy and Science Fiction although to be honest, I didn’t think I read that much of either this year. I think it’s because I mostly associate fantasy with epic fantasy whereas in reality I just read a lot of Wonder Woman comics, magical realism, and urban fantasy. I didn’t read a lot of hard science fiction either but more ones that have science fiction elements. I was really into the contemporary (realistic fiction) and literary fiction categories which is totally good with me. I find that I like those a lot more than I use to.
Thoughts: Nothing surprising here but I’ve discovered that I really like nonfiction (one of my favorite books of 2016 being nonfiction). I would really like to rectify this in 2017 aiming for around 10-15% nonfiction but I don’t know if that’s feasible or not.
Thoughts: 2016 wasn’t that great of a reading year or maybe I grade too harshly but I tend to rate books a 3 or or 4 with one lone 4.5 and one lone one star. I don’t tend to rate books 1 or 2 stars anymore.
Thoughts: I did read more YA than I did last year but that’s totally cool. Again, my most read category was Adult fiction. The other categories will probably stay the same percentage for the next few years. I only reach for New Adult when I’m in a certain mood and if I really like one because most of them I DNF’ed this year. I would like to read more middle grade next year but again, I usually only read those I’m in a certain mood but I would like to expand that a little more.
Thoughts: One of 2016 goals was to read more works of drama and poetry which I’m proud to say that I actually completed. I read at least one play almost every month. I really like the form so I might continue it into next year. Poetry reading will probably lessen next year because as much as I like some poetry, I don’t think it’s for me. I read a ton of graphic novels/manga this year and that will continue on to next year.
Country that Main Characters are From
Thoughts: There are a ton of discrepancies when it comes to this map because it doesn’t account for interracial backgrounds or people of color in the United States etc. etc. but I really liked the look of it and I’m kind of ashamed I haven’t read any books with characters of a South American heritage this year. That needs to be rectified. I did read a lot more Asian literature this year which I want to continue onto next year.
2016 Resolutions Lookback
Here is where I look back at my 2016 resolutions and see which ones I’ve actually met.
Goals (post from 2016 resolutions tag)
Read 70 books. Check.
Read 10 sequels. I only read 9 :(but that’s actually a lot more than I expected than I thought so I suppose that’s ok. I’m notoriously bad at keeping up with sequels unless it’s a series I really, really love.
And my next goal:
…..Wow I sure did REALLY well on this goal….
I only read Crime and Punishment so I guess this list didn’t push me to read certain classics although I did read a couple of other classics this year. Woops..
My next goal was to read diversely which I think I did fairly well and hopefully I can do better next year! And my last goal was to read works of drama and poetry which I completed to good success. Yay!!
And that’s a wrap! 2016 reading in a nutshell. Let me know what you thought of my reading year, how your reading year compares and whether you reached your reading goals this year!