2015: Summing up

This year I read either 274 or 276 books, depending on whether you’re going by my digital or paper reading logs. I’m going with paper (276) because I updated it in real time, which I did not with the digital reading log. (The reason this post is so late.) That does mean that my stats below will not be entirely accurate, but I am not going to go through and try to figure out which books I missed at this point. If I do percentages, it will be out of the recorded 274 in the digital reading log, if that makes sense.

I did set some goals for myself in terms of reading for 2015:

* The middle school in the district where I work has been doing the 40 book challenge with their kids and I’m using it as an opportunity to bulk up my upper elementary RA skills. Yep! Finished and started this years

* Finish a couple of read-throughs, namely CJ Cherryh, Gillian Bradshaw, and Elizabeth Bear. I did finish most of Cherryh and Bradshaw, but not nearly all.

* Read at least 12 non-fiction books. I read 16

* Read at least 12 ILL books. I didn’t track these, but I definitely at least asked for 12 and read them or took them off my TBR

* Read at least 20 diverse books. I didn’t do a great job of defining diversity here, but I definitely reached my goal. More on that in a minute.

* Re-read and write up posts for Ellis Peters’s Felse books and Patricia McKillip. No, but I did a number of reading notes series, which are sort of the same if you squint at it.

* Read Django Wexler’s books. JUST DO IT ALREADY. Well, I tried. It turns out I didn’t like them!

* Read at least 12 books that have been languishing on my TBR for 3 years or more. I just went through and marked them off. I also did not track this well and I don’t think I reached my goal, but I’m going to try again this year.


I used a Google Docs spreadsheet I got from Kelly Jensen (maybe last year?) to track my reading. I did fiddle with the columns a bit, I think, but overall it worked well for what I wanted to track. I should also note that I may not be aware of all marginalized groups an author is part of; if they’ve disclosed that information and I knew of it, I tracked it. I have very complicated feelings about expecting that people disclose identities, and therefore have not tended to try to figure it out if it’s not obvious or they’ve already disclosed that.

  • Author Gender: 28 books by men (10%), 3 with mixed authors, and 243 by women (89%)
  • LGBTQIA: 10 where I wasn’t sure, 2 implied but not stated, and 45 yes (16%)–note that I didn’t track #ownvoices authors here
  • Author is a person of color: 1 anthology where I wasn’t sure, 28 yes (10%)–better than last year, but I still have work to do.
  • Main character is a person of color: 9 yes, but in a fantasy setting, 60 yes (22%)
  • Disability: several where I wasn’t sure, 2 secondary characters, 23 yes (8%)
  • Other diversity: 27 secondary characters (10%), 11 where I wasn’t sure, 21 yes (8%)
  • Audience: 119 adult (43%), 3 juvenile, 40 middle grade (15%), 109 teen (40%)
  • Genre: 33 contemporary/realistic fiction (12%), 72 fantasy (26%), 17 graphic novels, 25 historical fantasy (9%), 5 historical fantasy mystery, 13 historical fiction, 8 historical mystery, 2 horror, 17 mystery, 16 non-fiction, 2 poetry, 15 romance, 37 science fiction (14%), 4 steampunk

In the coming year, I intend to set myself some goals, but also probably keep them to myself. I know that I’m going to try to focus on boosting my #ownvoices reading, and also to read books that I want to read. I’ve been into historical mysteries and historical fantasies with a mystery aspect recent, and I want to give myself the freedom to read where I want to.

2015 was a pretty good year reading-wise–I feel like both teen & adult fantasy really impressed me this year, and I found several books that I know I’ll be reading and re-reading for years.

By Maureen LaFerney

My name is Maureen. I currently work as a library assistant in a public library in the Indianapolis area, and also just so happen to be a voracious reader. I frequently end up under a cat.

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