Books I Read in 2013

I realize I totally neglected to do all the book analysis I did last year!

I drastically overestimated how much reading time I’d have this year, and I read only 21 books from my goal of 40.  For 2014, I’ve set my goal at a conservative 26.

While I succeeded in my goal to read more nonfiction (9 books to last year’s 4) and came down even on books written before my birth (3 in both 2012 and 2013), I fell lamentably short in my goal to read more books by women and people of color.

A paltry 25% of the books I read were by women (5.5:16.5, counting “Attached” as half and half due to its co-authorship), and a mere 2 featured female protagonists, compared to 1 with male and female co-protagonists and 10 male.  And of those pathetic two, one was a graphic novel and the other was a short story.  Good lord, that’s embarrassing.

I read two books by people of color–one Arab-American and one Native American–compared to 20 by white authors, though one of the white authors is a Muslim writing about Arab protagonists.

In terms of publication history, 8 were published this year, an additional 7 came out within the last 10 years, 4 came out between 2002 and 1984, and 3 came out pre-Priscilla: Looking for Rachel Wallace (1980), Dimension of Miracles (1968), and The Autobiography of Black Hawk (1833).

Genre Breakdown

Urban Fantasy:
Cold Days, Jim Butcher
Alif the Unseen, G. Willow Wilson
The Blue Blazes, Chuck Wendig
Skin Game, Jim Butcher
In Sea Salt Tears, Seanan McGuire
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
The Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch
Looking for Rachel Wallace, Robert B. Parker
Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
Watchers, Dean Koontz
Dimension of Miracles, Robert Sheckley
Under the Empyrean Sky, Chuck Wendig
Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
(Filmmaking & Screenwriting)
Shooting To Kill, Christine Vachon
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Storytelling, Robert McKee
Producing the Low-Budget Film, Robert Latham Brown
Hollywood Cinema 1963-1976, Drew Casper
Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment, Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

Religion: Zealot, Reza Aslan
Memoir: The Autobiography of Black Hawk, Black Hawk

(Pop Economics)
Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt
SuperFreakonomics, Steven D. Levitt

My Goals for 2014 are unchanged:
  • Read more books, period.
  • Read more books by and starring women and people of color
  • Read more books written before my birth
  • Continue to read a diverse selection of nonfiction subjects