Sunday, December 31, 2023

Year-End Statistical Roundup for 2023

How many books read in 2023?
58 books in 2023. I wish the number were higher but that's OK. 

How many fiction and non fiction?
33 fiction and 25 nonfiction. Three of the nonfiction titles were audiobooks.

Male/Female author ratio?
23 men to 30 women.

17 authors were people of color. 10 (or 10 that I know of) were Jewish and 3  (that I know of) were queer.

Favorite book of 2023?
Before My Actual Heart Breaks, by Tish Delaney

Oldest book read? Lady Audley's Secret, published in 1862.

Death Valley, by Melissa Broder, which came out in October, 2023.

Longest and shortest book titles?
Shortest title: Artforum, by Cesar Aira
Longest title: One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World, by Michael Frank

Longest and shortest books?
Longest: The Shadow Rising, by Robert Jordan
Shortest: probably Artforum

How many books from the library?
None! I'm a buyer, not a borrower.

Any translated books?
Yes, I read books translated from Spanish, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Italian, and German, and two with portions translated from Yiddish.

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading?
South Africa, Spain, Argentina, Japan, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Israel, Korea, Russia, England, Bangladesh, Brazil. And the fictional world of "Randland," the unofficial fan name for the main continent on which The Wheel of Time series is set.

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author?
Robert Jordan, with four books

Any re-reads?

Pushkin Hills, by Sergei Dovlatov

Favorite character of the year?
Egwene from the Wheel of Time series; Lady Audley of Lady Audley's Secret.

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation?
All of the Robert Jordan books- The Eye of the WorldThe Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn and The Shadow Rising, recommended by my husband, a true Wheel of Time warrior.
The Art of Memoir, was recommended by several writing teachers.
The Artist's Way, was recommended by someone else I know.

Which author was new to you in 2023 that you now want to read the entire works of?
Robert Jordan

Which books are you annoyed you didn't read?
The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk and the rest of my TBR.

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?
Normal People, by Sally Rooney

Bookish Events in Marie's Life
Started writing again
Got some things published
Took a lot of writing workshops
Enjoyed the Wheel of Time TV show and one read-along podcast, Through the Glass Columns.

Reading Resolutions
More reading about writing
More Wheel of Time- at least one chapter per day
More short stories- keep a collection on the nightstand and read at least one or two stories or essays per week alongside my regular fiction and nonfiction choices.
Continue to work on more diversity in my reading choices
Read the books I want to read first!

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