More for my own amusement than any expectation that this holds any interest to anyone else....
I surpassed my annual target of 120 books for the year, totalling 137 for 2018.
Books is a somewhat loose term, insofar as I'll count anything available to source on its own as a book.
The vast majority of my reading was "crime fiction" though I have no idea on the number of books in the various sub-genres - PIs, police procedurals, Noir, Cosies, mysteries, thrillers, hard-boiled, who-dunits .......
QUALITY - subjective obviously - but overall no stinker books encountered, which if I approach my reading on the basis of selecting what I think I will enjoy isn't a surprise.
More of the same needed in 2019, I reckon.
11 - 5 STAR READS
55 - 4.5 STARS
51 - 4 STARS
6 - 3.5 STARS
13 - 3 STARS
1 - 2.5 STARS
AGEING - I think I've called myself out on my oft-repeated claim that I enjoy books from the 60s, 70s and 80s in a pre-tech age. Yeah man - you enjoy them, but you don't read them!
I'll see if I can get double digits for 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s this year.
1 from the 1930/40s - a collection of pieces previously released singly
1 from the 1940s
1 from the 1950s
2 from the 1960s
0 from the 1970s
1 from the 1980s
4 from the 1990s
10 from the 2000s
74 from the 2010s
43 from 2018
FACT v FICTION - I used to target myself with one non-fiction book a month.
That's gone for a Burton then!
Try and read more in 2019, which shouldn't be too challenging.
The kindle wins - hopefully in 2019 I'll read more physical books
10 Epub file on laptop
Does size matter?
14 <50 pages
16 51-100 pages
33 101-200 pages
44 201-300 pages
24 301-400 pages
6 400+ pages
My longest read was 640 pages - The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
My shortest was 13 pages - Breaking Spirits by Glenn McGoldrick
103 in total, plus 4 anthologies which had multiple authors.
One author was read under two different published names - Jack Strange/Jack D. McLean
59 in the year
15 authors were read more than once
12 times Lawrence Block
3 each by Nick Kolakowski, Graham Smith, Robert Parker, Glenn McGoldrick
10 authors twice
77 male authors (with 105 books)
26 female authors (with 28 books)
14 different countries represented, not too much from Europe overall and nothing Scandinavian - Don't Cry For Me Nordic Crime.
3 CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND
2 IRELAND, NORTHERN IRELAND
1 SOUTH AFRICA, MALAYA, BELGIUM, SWITZERLAND, ZIMBABWE, GERMANY, GREAT BRITAIN (unable to ascertain whether from England, Scotland or Wales)
with a couple UNKNOWN
I'll try and read more pre-owned books in 2019
19 Kindle Unlimited trial
10 Net Galley
Monthly - 2761 - 4170 - 2909 - 1022 - 533 - 1816 - 2966 - 1511 - 1890 - 4481 - 2667 - 1247
Total - 27973
Monthly average - 2331 pages
Average book length - 204 pages