Hope Swann (coffeebased) wrote,
Hope Swann

[books] some data from my 2014 reads

Before we go into the data here are my Top 10 Reads for 2014, in no order:


Fig. 1. Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword (#1 and #2 of the Imperial Radch trilogy) by Ann Leckie

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Fig. 2. The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer

Fig. 3-5. L-R: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, and City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Fig. 6-8. L-R: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu, My Real Children by Jo Walton, and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

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Fig. 9-10. L-R: Tale of Sand by Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, and Ramon Perez, and RASL by Jeff Smith

Choosing my Top 10 was terribly difficult because I read SO MANY good books this year. I honestly felt pretty awesome, like I was being buoyed on literary genius for most of 2013. I would like to mention Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land for ending on such an amazing note that it wrecked me, and Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon by Edgar Calabia Samar for reminding me that I am missing out on so much because I very rarely read books written in Filipino. They're totally number 11 and 12. But I did say Top 10, so here we are.



So, out of the 124 books I read in 2014, nearly half were released in that year (46.8%), most were written by male authors (58.1%), majority were fiction (92.7%), 82.6% of which were genre fiction, with a focus on fantasy (73.7%).

Let's compare that with last year's data:

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Everything's less balanced this year. I've been more focused on new releases, my male to female author ratio is further from 1, I've focused less on non-fiction despite all the good non-fiction that was released recently, and my sci-fi to fantasy ratio is really hinky, to say the least. I think that the male to female author ratio is kind of impossible to keep at 1 because I tend to not choose my reading based on the sex of the author, so I'm thinking that for 2015, I won't even bother noting it down anymore. The fiction to non-fiction ratio is more troublesome, and I really should be more strict about that, especially since the past three years have been so good to us in terms of non-fiction!

Okay, now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's look at the goals I set for 2014:

  1. Read at least five books a month.

  2. "I will definitely be taking a less aggressive stance towards my reading."

  3. Read at least one Russian novel this year.

  4. Continue weekly book blogging.

Okay, so I only accomplised two of those things. I read an average of ten books a month, with July having the most, 20, and August having the least, 5. If the 32-book discrepancy between 2013 and 2014 can be used as an accurate indicator, I did take a less agressive stance towards reading. I set a 100-book minimum on my Shelfari last year, and I didn't feel any actual need to hit it, which was a lot less stressful, to be honest. I'm not going to have a "book-quota" this year though, in the hope that I'll read less, and write more. Well, we'll see.

I was hoping to read a Russian novel in 2014, but I completely forgot to do that. I totally blame all those delicious new releases that took up most of my reading time. Ugh. So that's totally going back on the reading resolution list. The weekly book blogging though... I think I want to let go of that and just do it when I can. Less pressure, and hopefully that means more pressure to do other things (like wriiiiting, as I said earlier).

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Fig. 11. Comparison of final Next 20 reads of 2013 (L) and 2014 (R)

As seen in Figure 11, majority of the books I had on my next 20 reads at the end of 2013 are no longer on the 2014 list. In fact, all of the books on the 2014 list are completely new ones. Majority of the 2013 books were read, of course, but three weren't: I couldn't get a copy of Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta, I put off S by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst until the day Kam and I can read it together, and I lemmed The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. I'm probably going to put the Okparanta and Catton back on the list, the former when I get a copy, and the latter when I think I can handle it. The Luminaries was beautifully-written, but I think it caught me in a strange place. Anyway, I'm really eager to do the same thing in 2015: knock all twenty books out to make way for new ones. Here's hoping!

So based on all of the above, here are my Reading Goals for 2015:

  1. Read at least one Russian novel this year.

  2. Knock at least twenty books off my to-read list.

  3. Be super-duper mega hyper-relaxed about how much I'm reading

  4. Read more non-fiction!

Incomplete list of books I'm looking forward to in 2015

  • Firefight by Brandon Sanderson 1/6

  • Unbound by Jim C. Hines 1/6

  • The Just City by Jo Walton 1/13

  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman 2/3

  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert 2/11

  • The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Ferguson 3/24

  • Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon 4/21

  • To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix 6/9

  • The Long Utopia by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter 6/9

  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik 6/30

  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray 7/7

  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu 7/7

  • Armada by Ernest Cline 7/28

  • The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin 8/4

  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 9

  • Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley 10

  • Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson 11/19

  • The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch 11/19

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  • League of Dragons by Naomi Novik

  • Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

  • Gift of Power by Tamora Pierce

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