Jan 1, 2018

2017 Stats

Total books read- 112

Fiction- 46
Non-fiction- 50

fiction breakdown
YA- 20
Historical- 5
Fantasy- 14
J Fic- 12
Picture books- 2
Animals- 14
Classics- 1
Poetry- 3

non-fiction breakdown
Art- 7
Gardening- 3
J Non-fic- 1
Memoirs- 9
Nature- 12
Animals- 34
Other- 3

other formats
Short stories- 4
Graphic novels- 27
e-books- 6

Owned- 82
Library- 40
Review copies- 3
Borrowed from a friend- 1

re-reads- 1
abandoned books- 11

It looks like I read more books this year than usual, but it doesn't feel that way. The difference, I think, is that I read two entire series of graphic novels, so that added up. My numbers are (as usual) somewhat off- the fiction/non counts don't add up to the total (but the owned/borrowed count nearly does)- I tried once again to keep a tally sheet and slacked off partway through the year. But you get a rough idea. Looks like I read a lot more of my own books this year, although I went to the library regularly. Far more than two pictures books, but I only note the few I mentioned here on the blog. 

Where did I go in the pages? Aregentina, Italy, Germany, the Cameroons, Russia, the Soviet Union, Poland, the Amazon River, several South Sea Islands, Japan, the Arctic, France, Tahiti and Kenya. And lots of pretend places, too.

Favorites: to my surprise, I only gave a top five-star rating to one book this past year: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest by Julie Zickefoose. Among the great books, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver was one of my favorite fiction reads. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan deserves note- a painful, sometimes disturbing story of healing, one I won't easily forget. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben- wow, I learned so much about plant life, specifically in forests. Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton is dated, but a very good story about kids, stuffed with appreciation of nature. Aquaria Fish by Frank Lee Tappan has got to be one of the oldest books I read this year- written in the very beginning of the fishkeeping hobby- that was pretty interesting. The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham is a classic I'm glad I finally got around to. And I enjoyed two graphic novels so much- both about an adopted child, but otherwise very different- that I read each series in its entirety: Yotsuba! beginning with this and Bunny Drop here (I had issues with the latter). One Trick Pony was another very fun graphic novel.

How was your reading year?


Thistle said...

I read no graphic novels this year, which surprised me. Previous years, I read a half-dozen of them or so.

You wouldn't think it would be hard to keep accurate numbers... Yet every year, my count is always off.

bermudaonion said...

You had a great year in books!

Literary Feline said...

It looks like you had a good reading year overall. I only read one graphic novel this year, but I would like to get to the stack on my TBR shelf this year. We'll see how that goes. I hope you have a great New Year!