I had originally intended to do a six month summary of where I’m up to in my quest of reading 100 book in a year. Unfortunately, I lost track of time, and am a month late for that party. So as the title of the post says, there’s no particularly milestone being recorded, here, and instead it’s almost completely arbitrary.
At this point in time, I’ve read 36 and a half books (I’ve still got to do a write up for the 36th, and obviously finish the half), which works out at a little over 5 books a month. Due to the fact I’ve been working more hours than I was back in September, and have had various other things that have left me with less time to read than I’d hoped, I’m 3 books short of the 9 a month I should be reading if I want to make this goal. This means that in the remaining 5 months until September, I have to read nearly 13 books a month. Eek…
Now that the scary bit’s out of the way, I’m going to do a bit of a statistical breakdown of the books I’ve read.
So of the 36 books, I have read the works of 32 different authors or authorial teams, who between them hail from 10 countries and 4 continents, translated from 6 languages. The largest single nationality is the US with 16 authors, giving North America the lead with 18. Despite my best intentions, I’ve only read 2 Scottish authors thus far, and one of them wasn’t even fiction, and was instead one of the 3 non-fiction works I’ve read.
I have also done quite distressingly badly at reading works by female authors, with only 8 out of the 36 fitting that qualification, again, something I had not intended to be the case.
I’ve also abandoned 3 and a half books (Horror of Horrors), because I was unable to get into them. The three being In Search of Lost Time, Berlin Alexanderplatz, and The Shipping News, the half being Les Miserables, because damn it, I still aim to finish reading it (Les Mis is another reason I’m behind on my quota. Have you seen how long that book is? The pitfalls of the eReader…)
So in light of this, am I going to change anything? I’m going to aim to read more international books (if nothing else, I’m going to complete the continental set (Africa and Australia, watch out!), more Scottish books, and more books by female authors.