At the end of January 2011, during one of my weekly visits to the bookstore, I bought one of these nifty Moleskine journals. I decided to record my reading over the course of a year and see what patterns and habits might be found. That year has now come to a close, and now it's time to take a look at the data.
In the case of multiple works by the same author, the author was counted each time, not just once. Reread books were counted for each reading. A number of books could be categorized in multiple genres; for the sake of ease, such books were only counted in the genre I (arbitrarily) decided was the best fit. Books that I began, but did not finish, are counted in a separate category.
Total books read: 99
Books by male authors: 70
Books by female authors: 27
Books by authors of indeterminate gender: 2
Miscellaneous (memoirs, non-mystery historical fiction): 6
Science Fiction: 29
I read. A lot. I'm surprised the non-fiction count was so low, but I do tend to go in spurts of non-fiction reading, so I may have mistaken concentration for quantity. Fantasy is far and away my preferred genre of fiction, though I did a lot of sci-fi reading at the end of the year. I'm still a misogynist pig, something I'm really deflated by and hope to continue to combat.
My goal for the year is to break 100 completed reads. I also want to read more female authors, and hopefully I can achieve a bit more parity among genres. I've got a new journal, so expect another report in February 2013. I may also, if I feel like it, provide occasional updates throughout the year.