Looking Back at the Books I Read in 2017

This may be the first time I’ve compiled any stats on my reading preferences, but a few things jumped out in my 2017 reading list. It turns out I’m pretty consistent with the type of books I pick up.

I have an overwhelming preference for memoirs and general nonfiction. Out of the 112 books I read in 2017, only five were fiction. I read one in January, two in February, one in March, one in May. No fiction at all in the last seven months of the year.

Most of the books I read are written by women. Out of 112 books, only nineteen were written by men. That means 83% of the books I read in 2017 were written by female authors.

I don’t read enough minority authors. I felt like I made more of an effort than usual, but my total is pretty dismal in that regard. Only sixteen (or 14%) of the books I read in 2017 were written by minorities.

I embraced audiobooks. I listened to 38 of them in 2017, which is 34% of the total.

I have high standards. If I like a book and would recommend it to others, more often than not I rate it with three out of five stars on Goodreads. I don’t see a three-star rating as negative; per the Goodreads guidelines, it means “I liked it.”

Even when I rate a book as Highly Recommended on my blog, most of the time I rank it with four stars on Goodreads. A book really has to blow me away to deserve five stars.

Out of 112 books, here’s the breakdown of how I rated them on the blog:

  • Highly Recommended: 5
  • Recommended: 62
  • Okay: 40
  • Not Recommended: 5

I can’t choose one favorite book of the year, but these are the five I rated as Highly Recommended:

In 2018, I expect to read: more of the same. I will never stop devouring memoirs because I love them. Female authors will continue to be the majority because that’s who I connect with. I will insert my earbuds and keep listening to new audiobooks. The only thing I’d like to change is to increase my percentage of minority authors.

Will you be switching up anything with your reading habits in 2018?

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  • Reply Denise January 3, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Interesting! I was thinking about your year in books when planning my reading for 2018 and thought you’d stuck to tradition and read less than 10 fiction books, but I didn’t realize it was quite that low!

    I normally read more non-fiction and memoir than I did, this year – that’s part of why my counts are low again for 2017. I’m working on that for this year and will be perusing your lists. (As usual.)

    I think I’m going to be more mindful of the books written by women and minorities. I suspect I do a pretty good job of this in general but I don’t know that for sure. You’ve inspired me to be mindful.

    • Reply Zandria January 4, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      I’m always glad to provide inspiration for your future nonfiction reading! 🙂

  • Reply Denise January 3, 2018 at 9:29 am

    PS.I’m really glad Homegoing was on your top five list. REALLY glad. 🙂

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