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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin [Buy]
- Super You by Andy Walker [Buy]
- Wine Folly by Madeline Puckette [Buy]
- The Grownup by Gillian Flynn [Buy]
- Alight by Scott Sigler [Buy]
- Supergirl by Michael Green [Buy]
- The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel [Buy]
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde [Buy]
- Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck [Buy]
- Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs [Buy]
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Sarfran Foer [Buy]