2015: Those Delicious Book Stats and More

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.

best of 2015

  1. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed (edited) by Meghan Daum
  2. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  3. Salsa Nocturna by Daniel Jose Older
  4. PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt
  5. The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
  6. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  7. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  8. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  9. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
  10. 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:

  1. Read 50% non-white authors.
  2. Buy more books / spend more dollars on non-white authors.
  3. Maintain roughly 50% gender stats

And I succeeded!

 

2015 Stats - Sarah Says Read 1

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.

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I think that wraps up this year pretty nicely.

Happy New Year!

~Sarah

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9 comments

  1. Super interesting point about nonfiction in print! Toward the end of last year I noticed that I had been reading nonfiction by mostly men and really just memoirs by women when I was reading their nonfiction, so I specifically looked for female-authored nonfiction this year – it’s a good goal to have!

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  2. I love the way you display these! And also that you track how much money you spend on books. I started that last year and was appalled by how much money I spent, and halved that number this year! You had a pretty awesome year :).

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  3. I am SUPER impressed that you hit your reading goals. I mean, not that I thought you COULDN’T do it, but I know how hard it can be (and you def did better than I did!)

    Good luck with your 2016 goals!!

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  4. Congratulations on meeting your goals! One of the things I’m aiming for (though not in a very structured way) for 2016 is to read more nonfiction by POC authors. I think I’ve gotten quite good at finding fiction by POC authors and maybe not quite as good yet for nonfiction, or maybe the nonfiction publishing world is staying whiter. Either way, that’s something I’ll be trying in my reading life this year.

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