2017 was a very good year for reading. I did not pressure myself to read a book a week as I did last year. I took my time in choosing the titles I read and as a result didn’t waste my energy with titles that fell short. If I didn’t like a book after reading the first 50 pages, I set it aside and started another. The one exception to that rule was The Wangs Vs. the World by Jade Chang. I continued with it despite my disappointment with the first 50 pages, because it had received some excellent reviews. But I didn’t like the book at all.
Altogether, I read 41 books last year. Here is a breakdown by genre and by author:
–Three were horror stories.
–Four were mysteries.
–One was a western, one was a romance, and one was a fantasy.
–Four were young adult.
–Four were non-fiction.
–Eleven were written by men.
–Five were written by Black authors.
–Four were written by Asian or Asian-American authors.
–Ten were written by Latinos.
Nothing about this breakdown surprises me. However, I notice that over the years my reading habits have changed. I once read many more mysteries and romances than I do now. I read more literary fiction now. What hasn’t changed? I still don’t read many western, sci-fi, or fantasy novels. I’ve never cared much for those genres. I definitely read more novels by Latinos than I ever did before, because there are more being published (though still not enough).
So far this year I have read three novels, and I look forward to many more good reads in 2018.