One of the things I like to do is to track the settings of the books I read. The major way I do this is on Zee Maps. Take a look at my world map to see the miles I racked up in my reading during 2020. You can zoom in and out, hover over markers to see book titles, etc. During this pandemic, I did find myself reading books that traveled around the globe simply because I couldn't. I did start out pouring over accommodations on sites like Airbnb to plan future adventures, but I just found myself getting depressed, so I stopped that and started immersing myself in books that did my traveling for me. Gerald Durrell's attempts to populate his zoo with exotic animals really helped during this time as did a book on a century of sea travel. I think I had a dream in every port.
Looking at the globe made me wonder what countries I visited most through my reading.
Yet another constant: anyone can tell by looking at this graph that I prefer my reading to be (more or less) hot off the press. I don't know if I want to remedy this or not.
My non-fiction reading also suffered, and this is one genre that I'd like to read more of in 2021. Will I do it? Since I don't plan my reading, who knows?
It's easy to see in this graph that my short story reading showed a definite increase from the zero in 2010! I'm learning to appreciate-- and enjoy-- them more.
To round out my annual statistics post, I thought I'd take a look at the major crime fiction subgenres. I have a preference for police procedurals that has remained steady over the past ten years.
My reading of historical mysteries seems to wax and wane a bit, and it will be interesting to see what happens in 2021.
The thriller seems to be another subgenre that seemed to fall out of favor a bit after 2012. Although thrillers seem to have the farflung settings that I like, the standard plots and lack of character development are things that I don't care for. Will I feel the same in 2021? Who knows!
I would imagine that, by now, all you graph and number lovers are absolutely stuffed. Bet you couldn't choke down one more graph, could you? *wink* Don't worry-- you've come to the end. All that's left for me to say is that-- as always-- I'm looking forward to seeing where my reading takes me this year!