2014 Wrap-up

It’s time for a wrap-up of the year. I’m feeling resistant to both best-of lists (I’m sick of them! although I’m not sick of yours, dear reader, and I am still going to do one of my own) and thinking in terms of years — does it matter that a year is ending, really? But still, I want to keep up my tradition of looking at reading stats for the year. So here goes:

  • Books read: 78 (down from the previous three years, but that’s what having a toddler, a job, a bicycle, friends, and a strong desire to sleep will do to you)
  • Audiobooks: 10 (up from the previous year’s 2. Audiobooks are a great way to keep reading even when you’re busy)
  • eBooks: 18 (a little bit down from 2013)
  • From library: 12 (This includes some library audiobooks and ebooks)
  • Fiction: 53 (the exact same percentage as last year)
  • Nonfiction: 23
  • Poetry: 2 (up from last year — by 2)
  • Essay collections: 9 (higher than last year)
  • Biography/autobiography: 10
  • Theory/criticism: 1
  • Short story collections: 3 (same number as last year but a higher percentage)
  • Mysteries: 8
  • Graphic Novels: 1 (really a graphic memoir)
  • Books in translation: 3 (down)
  • Books by writers of color: 15 (up, both in terms of number and percentage. I worked at this one and can still do better)

Gender breakdown:

  • Men: 21
  • Women: 55 (a higher percentage than last year)
  • Collections with men and women: 2


  • Americans: 57 (slightly higher than last year, which was already pretty high)
  • British: 12
  • One each by authors from Canada, Italy, Korea, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, and the Virgin Islands, plus two books with writers from more than one country.

Year of publication:

  • 19th: 2
  • First half of 20th century: 4
  • Second half of 20th century: 15
  • 2000-2009: 12
  • 2010-2014: 45

So many super-contemporary authors! Even more than last year, and that number was pretty high. Ah, well. I’m just in a place where I want to read new and newish books. That may change in future years. In other trends, I haven’t read as many writers from countries other than the U.S. and the U.K. as I’d like, but I did read pretty diversely within those two countries. Not such a bad year! I’ll be back soon with my favorites of the year.


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8 responses to “2014 Wrap-up

  1. This is an impressive post – you should be very proud of this achievement, even with a toddler around! I am looking for some book suggestions, and have posted about this on my blog. Would be great if you could share your suggestions with me as I am in dire need of good books for 2015! Thanks 🙂


  2. Looks like you had a great reading year. Look at all that non-fiction! I definitely need to read more. I always say that don’t I?! 🙂 Looking forward to your favorites list.


  3. A very good year! A very large portion of what I read this year was published in 2014 but I was really pleased with what I read, lots of exciting things happening I think!


  4. I am impressed by the number of books you read despite a toddler and the rest! I love reading your stats, it’s a lot of fun!


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