2014 End of Year Wrap Up (Nikki)

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:


You can pretty much ignore my shelf pie-chart. I don’t really use shelves much except (very recently) to note graphic novels/comics/picture books, abandoned books and my TBR list.


My Top 10 of 2014 (in no conscious order)

  1. Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin (surreal)
  2. Sabriel by Garth Nix (YA fantasy)
  3. All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman (surreal)
  4. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman (feminist/psychological)
  5. Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck (classic)
  6. The Witch of Duva & The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo (fantasy)
  7. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman (fantasy)
  8. Harry’s Last Stand by Harry Leslie Smith (non-fiction: political/memoir)
  9. Through The Woods by Emily Carroll (graphic novel: (mild) horror)
  10. The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (kid lit)

Honourable Mentions

Did Not Finish (Only two of these contributed to the number of books I read this year.)

  1. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden
  2. Zealot by Reza Aslan
  3. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  4. Chant And Be Happy by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
  5. Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley
  6. 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.

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4 Responses to 2014 End of Year Wrap Up (Nikki)

    • Nicole says:

      I like your post! Lots of glorious information; always fun! haha
      I was thinking about adding charts to mine but then decided against it because, in the end, I didn’t really collect loads of information since my main focus was only on having read more female authors and more authors of colour… But if I collect more information this year, I think it might be a good idea to add some visuals to make the information clearer (and more fun to look at hah)!

  1. Tammy says:

    I just recently started creating and using shelves on GR, and I love it! My plan is to be able to get lots of interesting stats at the end of this year, as long as I use shelves consistently. Through the Woods was one of my faves this year too!

    • Nicole says:

      The GR overview is fun to peruse at the end of the year! I feel like I’m too indecisive to have too many shelves though.. like I want everything to fit into ONE category, but most will naturally fit into several! siiiigh..

      YES!!! Through the Woods was brilliant (and beautiful), wasn’t it!? I can’t wait to see more of Emily Carroll’s work in print. I’ve been a fan of her webcomics for a while now and I got to meet her and get my book signed at Thought Bubble. She’s really super nice. 🙂

      I made a Google Doc spreadsheet last year that I entered my book info into to quickly calculate my author stats to more accurately see how I’m doing in terms of my diversity goals (I just found out the other day that Book Riot has a good spreadsheet template too if you’re interested http://bookriot.com/2014/09/18/track-reading-ultimate-reading-spreadsheet/).

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