Inspired by Ioana at DragonWaffles, I decided to showcase the books I read in 2017 differently this year – and for the first time ever!! I wasn’t going to do pie charts… or any charts whatsoever because I do not have an excel sheet with all my readings and I work with charts and excel enough at work to last me the whole life…
But I did… I spent the past hour moving my books in a sheet and then working on pie charts – it was actually fun and I should track all my books this year and include more fun stuff other than genre and book type (for 2017 all I did was the basics).
Without further ado, from the total of 49 books read last year (I know, one more book to have a lovely round number)…
I read a lot of 4 stars books! Of course, the 3 stars rating is still in the lead, but having so many 4 star ratings it makes me feel good about my reading year, and I do not consider 3 stars a bad rating either, so I am pleased to say I read mostly enjoyable books.
Only one book got 1 star – Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick, maybe it just wasn’t my type of humour but I felt like she was trying too hard to be funny. And I only have four books with a 5 star rating – and two of those are Rupi Kaur’s poetry volumes.
65% of my books were e-books? Talk about surprised! It is actually fun to keep all my books in a sheet in the order of time read because I realized I listen to a lot more audiobooks in the winter months and prefer actual books during summer.
Unsurprisingly though, almost 39% of the book I read were novels and 20% short stories (this also includes novellas) – most of the short stories read are romance – as in probably more than two thirds of that percentage, because I made it some kind of a goal to give romance a chance in 2017. But I did not branch out my comfort zone, so most of the readings where historical (regency mostly) and novellas – I am not sure I can survive to a full-on romance novel.
What is impressive, is that 20% in non-fiction! But most it is memoirs (as you shall discover soon). The 12% play is only Shakespeare and the 4% poetry is Rupi Kaur. I have such a small percentage of graphic novel because I only track completed volumes and I did not track manga last year, but I also read less comics compared to 2016.
Now this is not necessarily genre… but I do not know how to call it. I just wanted to see what percentage of my reads were classics, YA, children’s books, non-fiction and the rest (aka adult fiction). 20% classics seems like a good number, but most of them are plays… so I am not sure about that. I am also surprised by how little children’s fiction I read (I love it, so I should read more of it this year), but not at all surprised by the percentage in YA. Truth be told, I have a hard time enjoying YA books – sorry, guys, you probably hate me now.
Last but not least, the big pie chart of more genres! There is a tie between fantasy, thriller and romance? How is this even possible? I really did not feel like I read that much fantasy (unfortunately, because I love it), but it is probably because I read an equal amount of thriller (this also includes mystery and any crime novel) and a lot of romance novellas. The romance novellas are the reason why historical is in second place – I think only a couple of my books were poor historical fiction and not simply regency cheesy guilty pleasure romance novellas.
On third place we have science-fiction and non-fiction. That number in science-fiction really makes me sad, and from non-fiction extract the 7,8% memoir and you get the real number of non-fiction – not that memoirs are not non-fiction, but this year I plan to read more non-memoir non-fiction about subjects that I am genuinely interested in. Also, I really need to get back into reading more SFF – really, I should just read more books in general and this year I plan to do just that!
Now that the pies are all baked – I still cannot believe how much fun this was, let’s talk about the actual books, not just the numbers!
The two other books that got 5 stars are Among Others by Jo Walton – review coming up on the blog this month (or so I hope), and I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, which is to this day the most beautifully written memoir that I read.
The other favourite reads of the year are The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – Ishiguro’s writing style is amazing, he tells so much by not telling you things, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – I took so many notes while reading this book and googled so many stuff, I simply was amazed by Woolf’s writing.
And last, but definitely not least is Dune by Frank Herbert – I am still maintaining my opinion that Star Wars was inspired by Dune (and it is not a criticism), this is definitely one of those books that I will reread in the future because the world and its mechanisms are so complex!
In the honorable mentions section we have Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert – which I also plan to review, it was a fun read and I am not gonna lie, I liked not liking any of the characters and just judging them from afar. On the list we also have Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare – I read a lot of his plays this year, so I kinda felt like I had to pick one… I am kidding of course, I really enjoyed Titus Andronicus, it is brutal and full of violence.
I am not sure I had the blog when I received this book for review, but I really enjoyed Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore – it is about witches, how could I not enjoy it? Only it is not fantasy, but historical fiction depicting events from the real Salem witch trials – the author’s great-great-great-…-great-grandmother was there, in Salem Jail.
Also, a special mention to The Seer of Possibilities and Other Disturbing Stories by Thomas O. – I had the blog when I received this book for review and you can read my full opinion here.
Biggest disappointments? I only have one – End of Watch by Stephen Kind, the last book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy. To be honest, I anticipated the series taking this turn at the end of 2nd novel in the series, but I really really really hoped it wouldn’t and that it would be just as awesome as Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers!
Favourite new authors? Rupi Kaur, definitely! And, of course, Virginia Woolf, Jo Walton, and Maya Angelou – I know I only read one book from each, but the writing style was so good that I had to mention them. I plan to read more of their works this year (hopefully) and see for sure if they deserve this prestigious award.
And this is all for my 2017 in Books! Ioana’s post is way more awesome, so do give it a read! Maybe next year wrap-up I will have more fun categories and more books read!
Enough about my books, how was your 2017 reading wise? What book did you adore? Which one did you loathe? Let me know in the comments below!