A couple of days ago I very triumphantly posted to my Twitter account stating that I had completed my annual target of reading 52 books. Almost as soon as I posted it, I started getting doubts. Had I really read 52 books or had I made some kind of mistake which left me a few books short with just days to go before 2018 rolls in?
That very evening I went back to my diary and then created a spreadsheet with the names of the books I read to be 100% sure. So yes, I can now most definitely confirm I have probably for the first time ever stuck to a New year’s resolution and completed it. It wasn’t all that easy either. It took me a good hour and a half even to get the spreadsheet done so I’m guessing a lot more effort will go into making the mosaic which is the only annual feature of my blog.
My idea behind creating a spreadsheet wasn’t just to confirm the final number of books I’d read through the year but it was also to pause and reflect on the material I’d read. And also for my own interest to break the details down a little further and try and find some trends.
With some exceptions quite a few of the books I read were picked up on the spur of the moment. I had a sort of list that was made by taking through a few book lists but a lot of the times I’d just pop into the library and pick up something that looked interesting.
So I’m sharing some of the insights I gleaned (such a fascinating word that) from the spreadsheet. Here goes
At one point when I was working on the spreadsheet I thought that the number of women authors would outnumber the men. It didn’t turn out that way but I wonder if this should be a target for next year- to read more female authors?
Once again fiction and science fiction featured very strongly in my reading list. To be exact I read 11 science fiction books and 26 fiction books. The rest were non-fiction- a mix of history, biography and science. Whilst 15 is not a bad number for non-fiction, I wonder if I should be reading more science than science fiction? (Nah!)
Although the oldest book I read dated from 170 years ago (wow!), most of the books I read were written in the 21st century. 41 out of the 52 books I read were published in the last 17 years. Should I read more classics in 2018?
With the grand exception of two books, all books I read were in English. Which is a total shame. For 2018 I must certainly read at least 6-8 books in other languages. English is the easy and lazy option but there’s a wealth of fiction waiting to be discovered in French and Tamil which are the two other languages I’m proficient enough to read literary works.
As promised my book mosaic will be coming up very soon, thanks for reading my post and let me know if you’ve read any great books this year.