Here are my numbers for 2021:
- 58% POC books.
- 55% female/nonbinary authors.
Here’s how that compares to previous years:
It’s also helpful to compare it to my total reading:
And why do I track these numbers? Because it’s important to be exposed to a range of voices and ideas, and when I didn’t pay any attention to it, it didn’t happen.
Here are some other stats from my reading in 2021:
- Sci-fi is still #1: Sci-fi again dominated at 53%, about in line with last year and a boost from normal.
- New is still better: 77% of this year’s reading came from the last three years, about in line with last year. Oldest books? 1968, 1981, 2008.
- Return of audio: While print books still dominate at 81%, Audiobooks rebounded this year with nearly 20%. Ebooks didn’t even register—not a good time to try to read on my phone.
- YA is dead to me: YA and middle grade combined for about 12%, which is likely up from last year but still pretty low. I just don’t have a taste for these whiny stories anymore.
- No star: I didn’t finish a single book with a two-star rating. When reading is hard, you just can’t slog through books you don’t like.
If you want to read more, check out my booklet 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading Again.