Here it is, late New Year's Eve (or, to be more accurate, very early in the morning on New Year's Day), and I have actually posted about every book I read in 2014, and have the year's end statistics calculated and ready to go. I think this is the first time I've done this, and it feels good. I credit this to the fact that I'm now on Goodreads as well as keeping up my book journal here. Goodreads kind of forces me to write at least a few notes as soon as I record a book as finished, and once I've done that.... Well, it's a simple matter to take those notes and expand on them here - or just copy them over if it turns out I have no more to say. We'll see if I can continue keeping up this journal in a tinely fashion this year.
And now, on to the main event, my favourite reads of 2014, and the 2014 statistics.
Best Works I Read in 2014
Carl Freedman (ed.), Conversations with Ursula K. Leguin
Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Adventures of a Part-Time Indian
Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Nnedi Okorafor, Lagoon
Keri Hulme, The Bone People
Fabio Fernandes (ed.), We See a Different Frontier
Christie Yant (ed), Women Destroy Science Fiction - Lightspeed Magazine Issue 49
Margaret Atwood, The Maddaddam Trilogy (Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, Maddaddam)
Kate Bornstein, A Queer and Pleasant Danger
In 2014, I read 124 books or novellas - 102 fiction and 22 non-fiction; 10 of these were re-reads. A total of 12 of these were anthologies or edited non-fiction works, and so have been excluded from the demographic analysis of authorship.
Works written by women: 68.i percent
Works written by men: 27.6 percent
Four works were written by multiple authors, male and female.
By author's nationality:
American: 59.8 percent
British: 10.7 percent
Canadian: 15.2 percent
Other: 12.5 percent
Works by writers of colour: 26.8 percent