The end is nigh! So here’s a breakdown for those curious about various aspects of my reading from these last 12 months. No, there aren’t many of you. This is a niche blog, I’ll admit.
Here’s how my TBR from the start of the year fared:
Take out those Carrs (it’s mainly Carrs) and I did pretty well, until you see how the books on my TBR stack up as a proportion of the books I read this year:
There’s a definite acquisition bias here: I bought or was given a lot of books in 2017. Possibly it’s all the recommendations from this blogging beginning to manifest in finally tracking some titles down, but equally the increase in GAD reprints plays a part. Anyway, that’s 129 books read in 2017, and here’s a breakdown month-by-month of the e-books, tree books, and 8 volumes of Case Closed:
Aaaaah, August is a glorious time of year…
Those Case Closed volumes — wonderful stuff, it really is — lend an obvious skew to my non-English reading, too, which breaks down thus (novels and single-author anthologies only):
Excluding 4 multi-author short story collections, the 125 remaining books were written by a total of 102 distinct authors, counting collaborations like Ellery Queen or Kelley Roos as two people. Excluding translators, the gender breakdown and first-time authors pie charts look like this:
From here the obvious question is what the multi-author anthologies look like and so, looking exclusively as those collections, we have 48 authors divided up in the following ways:
The sterling work done by Locked Room International in putting out The Realm of the Impossible would make a nationalities breakdown a nightmare of untold proportions, but the only non-English stories came from that anthology.
Taking an average date for individual stories in these collections as the year of publication for that collection (so that one story does not have the same weight as a full novel), the decade-by-decade breakdown of my reading looks like this:
A clear and unsurprising predeliction for the 1930s there, with interest tailing off as the decades advance — seems about right. The spike in the 1990s can be accounted for by Case Closed again, and the 36 books from the last seventeen years would largely be due to the amount of modern SF I read which is not commented upon as part of this blog.
The mean individual year of my reading therefore works out to be:
Or, in other words:
Tuesday, 2nd March 1965 @ 7.32 pm
Given the sheer number of books read by not just English-speaking authors but English authors, this would most likely be UK time, but I can’t find anything interesting in history from the UK at that time on that date. At that time in the US, however, The Sound of Music was most likely permiering in New York.
My reading in 2017, people.
I took part in two reading challenges hosted by Bev at My Readers Block, but a sudden an unexpected laptop/water interaction in the summer led to the hasty transfer of data between machines and the loss of my Vintage Mystery Cover Bingo card. The Follow the Clues Challenge was duly completed, however, running to 51 books across the year and ending up looking like this (click the image for a bigger version):
Bev is hosting these two challenges again next year and as I rather enjoy them I’ll be taking part in both, with my shiny new “Just the Facts” Vintage Mystery bingo card granted extra triple-locked security measures to ensure completion:
Which I think brings things to an end for 2017.
Looking ahead, here’s the current picture for 2018: