2017 in Review

My daily profession is as an analyst, so I’m really into numbers.  This is going to be a very number-heavy post.  First, I should mention that without my reading log it would take me forever to put this post together.  The reading log helps in a lot of ways.  It helps me understand what kind of books I’m reading and why.  If I am diverse in my reading or not.  Links to my reading list are on the left side of the site.  I’ve had a reading log since 2015.  Let’s dig in.

Something that may not be that important to everyone, but is important to me is how much I spent on the books that I read this year.  This isn’t how much I spent on books this year, but how much I spent on the books read this year, an important distinction. The total costs of the books I read in 2017 are $486.36.  This is how much it would cost (MSRP) to grab the same book in the same format from Amazon.  However, I spent $0 on my 2017 books read. I get a lot of my books from the library, which is a big way that I keep the costs of books down.  43% of the books I read in 2017 came from the library, the single largest source of the books I read.  Library savings alone was $295.50.

2017 Books Source
2017 Books Source

Another very important but small number is the total number of books that I read this year.  That number is much smaller than I wanted it to be this year, only 37.  Other numbers that I would consider a miss was on the diversity side of things.  Only 24% of the books I read were written by female authors. 

Author Gender
Author Gender

I most frequently read on my kindle.  This is how many of my friends gift me books.  46% of my reading was done on a kindle.

Binding
Binding

Audiobooks were close behind.  I listened to 5,313 minutes of audiobooks or 89 hours, or 3.7 days. I count pages on kindle as actual pages to make these next numbers easier.  I read 7,018 pages in 2017.  The average book length was 242 pages.  The shortest book I read was 36 pages, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.  The longest was When Paris Went Dark at 480 pages.

5 Stars
5 Stars

And now the part you have all been waiting for.  Here is the full list of all the books I thought worthy of a 5-star rating.  Out of 37 books only 11, 30% reached this coveted placement.  I’m linking to the review for each of the books below so you can learn all about them before diving in.

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