I was sitting down today to update my reading spreadsheet (I use the one created by Sophie @ Portal in the Pages which you can download here) and thought it might be a helpful time to check in and share some of my reading stats.
While it does allow for stats around works in translation, I wish there were entries for the translator’s name and key info the same way that these are allowed for authors.
I’ve read a total of 142 books as at 30 July 2019.
Of this, 79% are by women authors, 47% are by racially diverse authors (Black, Indigenous, or people of color) and 35% are by Australian authors (really proud of this!). 12% of books I read are translations.
The format I read most in is paperback (36%), followed closely by ebooks (30%) and audiobooks (22%).
The overwhelming majority (43%) of my reading is literary fiction, with poetry being the next major category (14%).
I wanted to increase the quantity of Australian books I read this year, and a large part of why I started sharing my reading online was to promote Australian works to international readers. Accessibility still limits what I can get my hands on, but I have been really happy to have followed two major Aussie literary prizes and made my way through the entire shortlist (and some of the longlist titles!) of both the Stella Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award (playlists of reviews for both on my booktube channel).
Some of the tentative plans I have for the rest of 2019 include taking part in the women in translation readathons for the month of August (#WITMonth), with my first read being a much anticipated one – The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder (out in August 2019, thanks Pantheon for an ARC!). I’m also looking forward to the upcoming announcement of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist in late-August. It was one of my favorite Aussie literary prizes to follow in 2018 so I’m looking forward to finding some new reads when they announce in a few weeks. I’m loosely following the 2019 Booker Prize, but may wait until the shortlist is announced before I commit to reading my way through that prize list.
While I have some specific authors (Toni Morrison, John Steinbeck, Marlon James and Barbara Kingsolver) whose backlists I am gradually working my way through, and some specific titles I am looking out for (too many to name!), I’m mostly looking forward to continuing with how I’m tracking at the moment with my reading stats. Perhaps making more room for works in translation, but I think August’s reading will take care of this!
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