last week of 2015! Hard to believe that in only a few days, it'll be
time to put up new calendars, open new planners, and think about the
year ahead. Today's Stacked-Up Book Thoughts is a combination year-end
review and a look ahead.
All about 2015. I'm way too lazy this year to figure out how many hours I listened to audiobooks, but I do have a total number: 63, which is actually surprisingly low for me. I'm usually much closer to 80 audiobooks, but this year family issues and bad weather (meaning no daily walks) really cut into my listening time.
The first book I wrote about was Descent by Tim Johnston and the last book I wrote about was The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen. The last book I read, as of today, was Illuminae by Annie Kaufman and Jan Kristoff, and the last book I listened to, as of today, was Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong.
I read, reviewed, or featured 320 books across a variety of venues (here and freelance). For the first time since I started blogging in 2008, I didn't review every book I read or listened to.
Some miscellaneous observations:
- I started out strong in comics, spurred on by the birth of Panels and the ending of Fables, but read very few graphic novels or comics in the last half of the year.
- I read, reviewed, or featured about twice as many female authors than male authors.
- I did not keep track of diversity stats because I got confused by what I consider diverse (see later for more thoughts on diversity).
- I read many more middle grade books than I have in other years.
I still plan to post my Wordless Wednesday photos, and I continue to look forward to hosting Weekend Cooking. I will also continue to write about books in a variety of ways, including but not limited to the following types of posts:
- Full reviews
- Bullet reviews
- Reading on Topic
- Today's Read
- Sound Recommendations
- Imprint updates (aka Imprint Friday)
- Middle grade round-ups
Besides the posts you find here, I often talk about books on Twitter and love sharing upcoming books with a photo and a quick hint at what's inside the covers. I tweet about incoming books every 10 days or so and have so much fun interacting with other book nerds who are as excited as I am about new releases or who encourage me to read the new books I've bought. Follow along if you're so inclined.
A note on diversity. I've thought long and hard about how to keep track of my diversity statistics. Last January, many bloggers and Book Riot writers waxed poetic about the importance of diverse books, and I fully support all such efforts. But what exactly is diversity? For Book Riot (if I understand correctly), it means reading books written by people of color. For other people, diversity might mean reading about people who are different from themselves or just like themselves, or it might mean reading books in translation or books from non-Western countries.
I'm not completely sure what diversity means to me, but I think I'm more interested in diverse subjects and characters than I am in diverse authors. I want to see Jewish characters who are not dealing with World War II or immigration. I want to see black characters who are not dealing with slavery or civil rights. I want to see LGBTQ characters who are not dealing with coming out or AIDS. I want to read more books that take place in non-Western settings and perhaps more books in translation. I'm still thinking about my views on diversity. If I come up with any answers, I'll let you know.