There's always something about charts that tend to put things in perspective. That's probably why I like to start off a new year with them. So without hyperbole, I'm going to get this show on the road.
I usually average around twenty "A+" books that make up my Best Reads list, and 2017 was no exception with nineteen titles that made the cut. Since I read around two hundred books per year, these nineteen represent ten percent of my reading. Here's a list containing the links to my reviews. I have them listed in the order in which I read them.
Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson
A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders
A Thousand Falling Crows by Larry D. Sweazy
The Decorator Who Knew Too Much by Diane Vallere
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby
The Right Side by Spencer Quinn
The Hammett Hex by Victoria Abbott
Killer Characters by Ellery Adams
The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett
The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
The Late Show by Michael Connelly
The Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham
Weycombe by G.M. Malliet
Fire in the Stars by Barbara Fradkin
The Death Season by Kate Ellis
Beau Death by Peter Lovesey
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Eighty Million Eyes by Ed McBain
Setting is important to me as I read. I love to learn about other parts of the world, especially those which I probably will never visit. Although it isn't a deal breaker, I do keep track of the setting of each book that I read on an online map service. If you go to Book Travels by City 2017, you can follow my travels around the globe. You can enlarge the map, move it all around, click on the red markers to see the books I read that were set in that location.... It's something fun for me to do, and it can help me focus my reading.
How Many Books Did I Read?
These figures have been holding steady over the past few years, but I did notice that I was very easily distracted in 2017, and it was a struggle to maintain that number. I did set myself a reading goal on Goodreads, but I'm wondering if I should stop doing that in the future. Something for me to ponder.
How Many eBooks Did I Read?
When I'm on the go, it's much easier to whip out the iPhone and bring up the Kindle app when I've got a few minutes to read. eBooks are just so darned convenient, but my heart will always be with The Real Thing.
How Did I Rate the Books I Read?
I still seem to be a fairly decent judge when it comes to choosing books to read that I will enjoy.
Male v. Female Authors,
Old and New
I don't seem to care who writes 'em, as long as they write well!
These are some more figures that have remained fairly constant over the years. #1 Police Procedurals, #2 Cozies, and #3 Historicals. This year, the short story genre skyrocketed because I found I could enjoy Agatha Christie shorts when I can't enjoy her full-length novels.
Where Do I Get My Books?
I need to scale back on the number of Advance Reading Copies I accept in 2018. The ones I accepted for 2017 all seemed to have publication dates that bunched together, and all the "have to" reading with timelines tends to make me grumpy.
Nothing new here. I like my crime fiction hot off the press, although that first category is much higher than it's ever been before, thanks to Agatha Christie.
Month by Month
If you can't tell that I prefer to read in the summer, then I don't know what to tell you! The major reason for this? I have the perfect place to read (out in the pool), and if I'm ensconced in the pool, I'm not inside where I can get distracted by dirty dishes or the leaves Denis tracked in or yarn or....
This year, I decided to focus primarily on the reading statistics for 2017 whereas in previous years I've given you a compilation of information beginning with the year 2010. If you'd like to take a look at all the other information, here's last year's reading statistics. I know some of you love charts and graphs every bit as much as I do. And if you'd like to know where I went to make these graphs, it's ChartGo, and it's free.
Now it's time for me to pick up a book and begin creating new statistics for 2018!