Well, I finished all my 2014 challenges a lot earlier than I thought I would and when I did my 10-month check-in I was already pretty far along (The only ‘major’ addition is that I gave Terry Bisson’s The Cockroach Hat a ‘second chance’ in case you’re wondering).
Here’s a visual overview of my 2014 in books:
My Top 10 of 2014 (in no conscious order)
- Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin (surreal)
- Sabriel by Garth Nix (YA fantasy)
- All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman (surreal)
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman (feminist/psychological)
- Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck (classic)
- The Witch of Duva & The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo (fantasy)
- The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman (fantasy)
- Harry’s Last Stand by Harry Leslie Smith (non-fiction: political/memoir)
- Through The Woods by Emily Carroll (graphic novel: (mild) horror)
- The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (kid lit)
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (classic fiction/sort of memoir)
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (YA/middle grade fantasy)
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (classic)
Did Not Finish (Only two of these contributed to the number of books I read this year.)
- It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden
- Zealot by Reza Aslan
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- Chant And Be Happy by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
- Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley
- A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (will try again in 2015)
Out of the 64 books I read in 2014 36% (23 books) have been by non-white and/or non-male authors.
Female authors made up 27% of my reading. Let’s try to get that up to 50% next year, shall we? I’d even settle for 40%…
Authors of colour made up 16% of my reading. I’d like to increase this to at least 30% for next year. (If you’re interested in a further breakdown, of that 16%: asian 40%, black 40%, indian 10%, latino 10%.)
Translated works made up 10% of my reading. This is connected to my desire to get out of the anglophone bubble a bit more.
The strange/disappointing thing about this is that, my stats are the same now as they were in October despite reading ten more books since my last check-in… Clearly I need to do better in 2015!
I’ve always known my interests are quite broad so it doesn’t surprise me to note that my genres are consequently quite varied.