Here’s my year in books (with thanks to the Goodreads record keeping tool):
I read 93 books in total. According to Goodreads, that’s 27,856 pages. The longest was Foer’s Here I Am, at 571 pages.
Of those, 70 were by female authors and 23 by male authors.
Twenty-one books were by Australian authors (20 female authors and just one male author) and the rest were from America, England, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Japan and Germany – I’m looking forward to the Around the World in 80 Books reading challenge which will get me reading more widely.
I read 58 books from authors that were new to me in 2016. My favourite new discoveries were Elizabeth McKenzie, Sara Stridsberg, Rebecca Harrington and Kent Haruf (yes, I’m late to the Haruf party).
Of the 93 books I read, 25 were first published in 2016. I thought my penchant for new releases was curbed this year by my commitment to reading what I already owned but perhaps not…
I read ten non-fiction books (five of which were memoirs). My favourite was McCracken’s heartbreaking memoir, An Exact Replica of My Imagination.
Of the books I read, only 13 were hardbacks (the rest were e-books). I listened to nine audiobooks which was a new experience for me this year (some were better than others but the standout was Flannagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North).
I read mostly contemporary literature plus memoirs, historical fiction, a couple of thrillers, a few books that fall into the lad-lit/chick-lit category and two YA novels.
Last year I was too scared to count how many books I had bought – not so this year because for the first time ever my TBR stack is smaller. Yay me.
Tomorrow I’ll post my 2016 Top Ten. I know you can’t wait.