Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year, blogging world! Today I'm sharing some stats from my 2017 reading year and my bookish goals for 2018. | Book reviews by NewberyandBeyond.com
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Happy New Year, bookish friends! I can’t believe that it’s 2018 already. I love to get into the nitty gritty details of the books I’ve read, so as always, I’m sharing my favorites and all the statistics of the books I read in 2017.

This year, I read 247 books, which is surprisingly similar to last year’s 251 books. My increased work schedule and other life changes would have lowered this number, I think, except for the book challenges that pushed me to finish certain books.

35% of these books were diverse books, which I defined as written by or about underrepresented groups. Books in translation, books about feminism, books about countries other than America or England, and books by or about people of color, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBT+, or adherents of non-Christian religions all fell into this category. (Up a bit from 33% last year, which is awesome!)

The genres I read most this year were (of course) Newbery books, middle grades, YA, mystery, and (surprisingly) fantasy.

I read 75% fiction and 25% nonfiction this year. This is a little bit more fiction and a little less nonfiction than the past two years, which I think is probably because the nonfiction I did read was pretty heavy.

61% of the books I read were written by female authors, which means the other 39% were written by male authors or by both a male and a female author.

64% of my 2016 books were backlist books; 30% were new; 6% were classics. This seems to show how I’m leaning toward reading books from my TBR list rather than only picking up the latest book that catches my eye!

9% of the books I read were published by indie or small press publishers; 91% were by mainstream publishers. I’d like to do better at reading small press books this year.

My Goodreads ratings overwhelmingly fell into the 3-4 range. I rated only one book as a 1 this year, and I only gave nine books a 5 (which explains why I had such a hard time creating favorites lists this past year; there were very few books that blew me away in 2017).

Almost all of the books I read this year were from the library (or Hoopla/Overdrive, both of which I have access to through our library system). Other sources included Amazon (of course), Paperback Swap, the thrift store, and my other online sources, Scribd and Serial.

11% of the books I read this year were audio books, which is way up from any years in the past. 22% were ebooks, and the other 67% were print books (no surprise, as I still much prefer paper to reading on a screen or listening to a book).

reviewed 81% of the books I read this year. Some of the 19% I didn’t review because I didn’t have much to say about them; others I read for personal reference.

I’m also taking a cue from Alise at Read. Write. Repeat. and sharing a few books that I enjoyed in certain categories.

Longest: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm (880 pages). It certainly didn’t seem that long when I was reading it on my Kindle.

Shortest: The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse by Alan Bradley (27 pages). I’m not sure if this even counts as a book at this length!

Favorite classic: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. It’s sweet, old-fashioned fun.

Most thought provoking: $2.00 a Day by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer. This book was painful but fascinating to read.

Best children’s series: Septimus Heap. I’m sure frequent blog readers will not be surprised to see that series here, considering how much I’ve gushed about it this year!

Best adult series: Aunty Lee. I love the Singapore setting for these mysteries, and Aunty Lee is such a fun character.

I set only three bookish goals for 2017:

  • Write more joint book reviews. I didn’t complete as many of these as I had hoped, but you can see my annual Newbery reviews with my sister here, and I did a guest post for Jane of Raincity Librarian here.
  • Participate in Armchair BEA. I did this, and it was so fun! Unfortunately, the organizers of Armchair Book Expo have stepped down, so I’m not sure if this will continue next year, but I’m very glad I was able to participate again in 2017.
  • Continue to read at least 25% diverse books. I did this handily!

I hope you all have a great start to 2018! I’m wishing you all happy reading in the new year.

About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

  • Alise Napp

    I’m so flattered for the shout out here! Also, dang, girl! 247 is an impressive number. I also so appreciate your recognition of diverse reads and what all that entails. I’m trying to integrate more diverse reads into my life this year and am still sorting out what exactly “diverse” authorship means to me. Your clarifications were helpful!

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