It’s only two weeks into 2018, and typing 2017 is starting to feel so old-school. Or is that just me?
Before I bid a final farewell to the year, I wanted to log my annual reading stats for (online) posterity – here’s my 2017 in lists and numbers.
2017 new-to-me authors
I read a total of 36 new-to-me authors this year (up from 21 last year – go me!). There’s nothing like discovering authors who write stuff that speaks to you, and here are the authors I’m really glad I discovered over the year:
Glynn Stewart: I read pretty much his entire backlist in the space of two months, and trust me, it was a sizeable list. Plus his December release was one of my favourites of 2017.
Intisar Khanani, Kate Stradling, and WR Gingell: All of their books made (my version of) honourable mentions of 2017 – I’ve loved their take on the fantasy genre.
MCA Hogarth: Okay, I admit it – I was a bit lukewarm on the one book of hers I read in 2017. Then I read the Her Instruments series (conveniently packaged in a box set) in the first week of the new year, and am now reading through her backlist. Non-stop.
SK Dunstall: Another one of my 2017 honourable mentions, and seeing I read their books way back at the start of 2017, this author pairing doesn’t feel like a new-to-me one!
Tansy Rayner Roberts: I really enjoyed her SF gender-swapped interpretation of Three Musketeers.
Authors most glommed during 2017
Err… Glynn Stewart by a mile – I read 22 of his books over the year. Ahem. The fact his books are in Kindle Unlimited* definitely helped, but I would have probably one-clicked them anyway.
My second most-read author was Megan Derr – I read 12 of her books, mostly during the first quarter of the year, I think.
*I posted about my early experience with KU a month or so after I subscribed, but want to do a follow-up (including a proper cost-benefits analysis!) in a few months. I read somewhere that KU is more about discovering new authors as opposed to reading old favourites, and I definitely see that happening.
And the numbers…
I read *drumroll* 192 books over 2017, which is by far the highest annual number of books that I’ve read for a while (I usually average around 150, with last year being even lower than usual).
Why the leap in volumes? It’s not what I was expecting, especially as 2017 has been incredibly full-on (both good and not-so-good), and I’ve felt like I’ve been running on empty for a good few months of the year. So perhaps there’s nothing like escaping into a make-believe world for a few hours.
For the record, just under half of the books I read last year were published before 2017 (hurrah for backlists!), and about 60% of books read were published via non-traditional channels (this is the exact opposite of 2016, when that percentage was 40%).
Breakdown of genre and numbers over 2017 (obviously it was the fourth quarter that made all the difference):
I should say my fantasy/SF genre split is rather subjective, as quite a few authors appear to be writing fantasy disguised as SF – or vice versa…
Finally – here’s my 2017 compared to previous years:
And that’s it! I’ve managed to log all my books in Goodreads (majority sans any actual review (for now, anyway), but with a rating) so here’s the fancy Goodreads summary.