2016 by the Numbers

A few years ago now I started trying to count things like how many books I read in a year, what age range I was reading for, and how well I was succeeding at reading more diversely.  This has lead to me keeping ever more detailed spreadsheets of my reading.  This year, I didn’t track pages read.  I started 266 books in 2016, and finished 243 of them – about the same as the last couple of years.

Without further ado, I present my year in reading graphs.

The What

Graph of my 2016 reading by genre - about 50% fantasy.

As usual, most of my reading is fantasy. This is a lot of realistic fiction for me!

Graph of my reading by age range - 50% middle grade, followed by teen and early chapter books.

Yep… I loves me some books for kids and teens.

The How

I'm a library reader. The Cybils Audiobook committee required a lot more help from publishers than usual, though!

A graph of my 2016 reading by format - 50% print plus 20% graphic novels.

How I read – still mostly traditional print. Time-wise, audiobooks might actually be ahead- they take more time!

The Who – Authors

A graph of my 2016 reading by author gender - nearly 75% female authors.

Yes, I admit I’m biased in favor of female authors.

Graph of my 2016 authors read by ethnicity.

OK, so less informative graph – but slightly less than a quarter of my authors are something other than white.

A look at the ethnicity of the authors of color I read.

And breakout – here’s a look at just the authors of color.

A graph of my 2016 authors read by nationality - 75% American.

This year I was focusing more on ethnicity than reading around the world. Not doing so well reading outside the English-speaking world!

The Who – Characters

This is the first year I tracked this, and it was a lot of fun!

A graph of my 2016 characters by ethnicity

Character Ethnicity (not counting 1 green goblin). Excel is not my friend today.

As I thought might be happening, I read more books with diverse characters than is shown when looking at the authors.  I’ve really appreciated the search for #ownvoices authors in 2016, and plan to keep that up, too.

For reference, here’s my reading from 2015 and 2014.

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About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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