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
Fantasy:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
The Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch
Mystery/Thriller:
Looking for Rachel Wallace, Robert B. Parker
Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith
Watchers, Dean Koontz
Sci-Fi:
Dimension of Miracles, Robert Sheckley
Under the Empyrean Sky, Chuck Wendig
Humor:
Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
Nonfiction:
(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
(Self-Help)
Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment, Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

(History)
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
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