Update: I finished another book and so have adjusted my numbers accordingly.
I’ve enjoyed analyzing my reading using some math in years past, so I can’t resist doing it again:
Books read: 63
Fiction (of any genre or length): 44
Poetry: 1 (although I’ve been in the middle of a second book for a long time)
Short story collections: 2
Nonfiction books about books and reading: 8
Female authors: 32
Male authors: 30 (including one writing under a female pseudonym)
Multiple authors, men and women: 1
Books in translation: 4
Books by authors from England, Scotland, or Ireland: 34
Books by Americans: 21
Books by Canadians: 3
Books by Japanese: 2
Books from the 11th century: 1 (Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book)
Books from the 14th century: 1 (Kenko’s Essays in Idleness)
Books from the 17th century: 1 (Milton’s Paradise Lost)
Books from the 19th century: 10
Books from the 20th century: 22 (first half: 8; second half: 14)
Books from the 21st century: 28
Books re-read: 4 (two of them I re-read for class and probably wouldn’t have otherwise)
Different books from authors I’d read in previous years: 11
The total number of books I read this year is in between the numbers for the last two years, which were 70 last year and 54 the year before (my previous by the numbers posts are here and here). I think the drop in the total number from last year has mostly to do with the increase in my cycling and triathlon training.
I’m surprised I didn’t manage to read anything from the 18th century, although one of the books, Adeline Mowbray, is usually considered an 18th-century novel, even though it was published in 1804. I’m embarrassed that I only read four books in translation. That’s really bad. Maybe I can do better next year? Compared to the last two years, the gender breakdown has been similar — I tend to read fairly equal numbers of men and women. I also tend to read similar numbers of older and more recent books — I usually read around 11-12 pre-20th century books — and the same is true for the fiction/nonfiction breakdown. It’s interesting to me that these numbers are consistent, when I don’t think about them when I’m choosing books and don’t check out how I’m doing during the year.
I don’t intend to make any reading resolutions for next year, but I might think about reading some pre-19th century books and more books in translation.