My Year in Reading – 2017

Firstly if you want to know what my favourite reads of the year were they are all listed here…

For the last couple of years I have been tracking my reading via author gender, book format, genre and author nationality. So here are my results from 2017:

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In 2017 I read 72 books which was up on last year and bit closer to my par of previous years. My author gender ratio was the closest to 50:50 I’ve achieved since I started tracking my reading and was in fact was the reason I started tracking in the first place.

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My formats stayed roughly the same in 2017 with audio the predominant format thanks to two hours of driving every day. I also squeeze audio books into my dog walks and any around the house jobs I’m doing. The notable format missing is eBooks. After exploring the format for a few years I honestly have no desire to read in that format and thankful all books I wanted to read were available in either print or audio.

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Fiction was again my preferred genre with literary fiction the dominant sub-genre. My crime reading was well down in 2017 (30% down to 19%). I think the genre is becoming flooded with gimmick novels rather than page-turners with substance, here’s hoping that changes in 2018. On the good side my children’s fiction was back up on last year.

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American writers again dominated my reading but were down from 53% last year to 46%. My Australian writers were also down from 18% to 11% with a slight increase in British writers. I only read 4 nationality of writers in 2016 increasing that to 12 different nationalities this year.

2017 was a disappointing year in reading with a lot of books not meeting my expectations but that is not to say I didn’t read some fantastic books either. However there does seem to be a good crop authors with books on the way in 2018 including Kevin Powers, Kate Atkinson, Derek B. Miller and maybe even a new Eleanor Catton. The new Tim Winton is his best book since Breath. I also look forward to continuing my blacklist binge of Margaret Atwood and Maggie O’Farrell, two of my best discoveries of 2017 (yes, yes how had I not read Margaret Atwood before, I know, I know).


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