Friday, 9 January 2015

Reading in 2014: the stats

So I thought it would be really interesting to take a more general look at what I read in 2014. I like to think of myself as quite a varied reader, but I wondered if my reading list backed that statement up...

Total new books read in 2014: 41

Of those 30 could be classed as YA or Middle Grade

11 were 'adult' books

Only 1 was non fiction

2 were plays (both by Shakespeare - I took an online course this autumn)

17 could be classed as fantasy

12 were contemporary/realistic

3 are considered to be 'classics'

3 were self published.

15 were by male authors, so 26 were by female ones.

10 had a main protagonist who was male

24 had a main protagonist who was female (although quite a few of these, such as Heir of Fire, followed male characters' perspectives as well)

I also reread 7 novels (the Harry Potter series) and 6 Shakespeare plays.

Looking at this, I definitely read more books about female characters and written by female authors. I might challenge myself to see if I can aim for a more even split this year. It would be interesting to see how doing so effects my reading list. 2014's list is also YA heavy, although I was actually surprised by how many adult books made it on there. I definitely need to read more classics this year, to balance out all of the new authors I'm checking out. There's no excuse really, given I can download most for free onto my Kindle. 

Overall it's not too bad, although I'm going to get to work on some reading lists now for an even more balanced 2015! How does it compare to your reading list? I would love to know. 

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