Thursday, January 6, 2022

My Favorite Reads of 2021

This year was a lot. Last year was a lot. Hopefully we're moving into precedented times.

But rather than dwell on what will be (something unknowable anyway) why don't we talk about reading. There was a lot of rereads this year because, you know, everything. Which means there were a lot of 5 star reviews. It wasn't all rereads but there were some new favorites from this year which is always great.

Top New (to me) Books

Broken in the Best Possible Way by Jenny Lawson
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffian
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Top Rereads

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Patriots, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
World War Z by Max Brooks
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection by Alexander C. Kane
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

Monday, January 3, 2022

2021 Year End Stats

Alright, here we go. Another year out the door. In some ways easier than 2020 and in other ways harder. And of course Omicron hitting at the end of the year right when hopes were getting up were not fun. I have some hope for next year if only because if you don't have hope, what do you have? 

I don't have much in the way of resolutions for the new year except to continue to be kind and patient with myself and with others because man, we could use more of that just in general. Maybe as a resolution take up a new hobby? That sounds like a fun one. Something I can do while watching TV so I'm spending less time randomly scrolling social media. If people have suggestions, I'm all ears. 

As was the case last year, I don't have an infographic this year. This is mostly on the assumption that I would again have to pay for things which I don't want to do right now. I mean, right now I don't even feel like looking into it to see if I even would have to pay. That's where we're at right now. But I still have my list of stats, still have a comparison to my historic averages (2013-2020) so hey, that's better that visual and easily digestable infographics, right?

Total books read
53 - There was a little bit of rushing the end of the year to hit my goal of 52 books. I had thought I was in a better place when I realized some of my tallying was counting a couple DNF books. But I did it and then some and am pretty happy about that.
Historic average: 52.6

Total pages read
Historic average: 17,568
It's interesting to see how little variation is, at least in terms of volume. Or at least interesting to me

Month with the most / fewest books read
December (6) / January, March, May (3)
Historic average: July has averaged the fewest (3) but there's no interesting numbers for most since the other months are all either 4 or 5 books

Month with the most / fewest pages read
December (2,098) / May (984)
Historic average: October (1,720) / July (1,224)

Historic average: 60%

BIPOC authors
21% - up from last year and the average but still clearly work to do
Historic average: 17%
Female authors
Historic average: 56% - interesting that so far this stat has the most deviation from my normal trends. Not really sure why

Author's nationality
US: 68% (Historic average: 69%)
UK: 21% (Historic average: 20%)
Sweden: 4% (Historic average: 0.2%)
Australia: 4% (Historic average: 1.7%)
Singapore: 2% (Historic average: 1.2%)
New Zealand: 2% (Historic average: 0% - new country!)

Historic average: 3%

25% - Slightly down from last year but comfort rereads were still needed
Historic average: 20%

Audiobook: 94% (Historic average: 27%)
Paperback - 6% (Historic average: 31%)
I didn't pick up either ebooks or hardbacks this year. or at least I haven't finished them. That is crazy to me but honestly not too surprising given how much I've been listening to audiobooks
Where'd I get the book
Library: 74% (Historic average: 12%)
Kindle/Audible: 19% (Historic average: 42%)
Chain bookstore: 4% (Historic average: 4%)
Gift: 4% (Historic average: 10%)

Decade published
1810s: 2% (Historic average: 0.2%)
1920s: 6% (Historic average: 0.5%)
1930s: 2% (Historic average: 2%)
1940s: 6% (Historic average: 0.5%)
1960s: 2% (Historic average: 2%)
1970s: 4% (Historic average: 1.4%)
2000s: 9% (Historic average: 18%)
2010s: 38% (Historic average: 63%)
2020s: 32% (Historic average: 2%)

Top Genres
Mystery: 19% (Historic average: 5%)
Literary Fiction: 13% (Historic average: 11%)
Science: 9% (Historic average: 3%)
Humor: 8% (Historic average: 7%)
Fantasy: 8% (Historic average: 4%)

Resolution books
Historic average: 47%