My absolute favorite thing about the end of a year is the lists and the data. Let’s start with the easy stuff- my 10 favorite books of the year.
- Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed (edited) by Meghan Daum
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Salsa Nocturna by Daniel Jose Older
- PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt
- The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
- The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
- Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
- Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
- Missoula by Jon Krakauer
It was really hard to narrow down my favorites. I didn’t read as much non-fiction as I wanted to this year, but most of the non-fiction that I did read was great. It’s fun to see that two books I read on audio made it on the list (Modern Romance and Tiny Beautiful Things). I think there would have been more non-fiction or audiobooks on the list, except that I slowed down on listening to audiobooks when the muffler came off my car near the end of the year and it became too loud to listen and focus on them while driving. (I should probably get that fixed soon.)
Now on to the meaty stuff!
Here were my bookish goals for 2015:
- Read 50% non-white authors.
- Buy more books / spend more dollars on non-white authors.
- Maintain roughly 50% gender stats
And I succeeded!
I’m glad to see that I utilized subscription services in a decent way – they accounted for about 20% of my book AND comic reading. Go Scribd! Totally worth that $9 per month!
My book spending data was really interesting – I bought slightly more books by female authors than male authors (55 vs 52), but spent more total on male authors than female authors ($124.43 more on male authors). I think this is partly because of my preference for non-fiction (ESPECIALLY science non-fiction) in paper rather than e-book. And unfortunately, the majority of science non-fiction is written by dudes. I’m going to make it a point to seek out more science non-fiction by women and POC next year.
My goals for 2016 are pretty simple.
I think that wraps up this year pretty nicely.
Happy New Year!