Book Stats and TBR for rest of 2017

It’s already July and half of the year is gone! I recently did some massive unhauls of books that I had read but not liked and some books which I had no intention of reading. Now half of my collection consists of unread books, since most of the read books which did not get 4 or 5 stars from my side have been sold or donated. These days as and when I finish reading a book, I decide if I want to keep it or donate it. That helps make room for books that I am more excited for.

The following are the charts that I came up with based on the stats of my owned books. I also have a further breakdown for fiction and nonfiction categories of books. I had similar graphs earlier in this post – Books on my shelves. These graphs will help me understand the steady growth of my personal library. If you compare this graph with my previous graph, my owned read books count reduced from 71% to 52%.  Also now I have more fiction books on my shelves. Fantasy and Travel genres are still leading, though science fiction has increased significantly.

This year I made a challenge to read some famous sci-fi and fantasy authors that I had never read. I am happy to say that I have read many authors from this list.

The authors I have read this year are –

  1. Tamora Pierce
  2. John Scalzi
  3. Kameron Hurley
  4. Mur Lafferty
  5. Emma Newman
  6. China Mieville – don’t have the physical copy here
  7. Naomi Novik (currently reading) – don’t have the physical book with me yet.
  8. Jim Butcher (currently reading)
  9. Seanan McGuire (currently reading)
  10. Catherynne M. Valente (my next read)

Even though I have Seanan McGuire’s books here, I read her first book – “Every Heart a Doorway” last year itself. So she is not an author that I discovered in 2017 but I am reading her other book this year – “Down among the sticks and bones”.

I still have some authors that I want to read books from by the end of this year. The authors are –

  1. Lois McMaster Bujold
  2. Ann Leckie
  3. James S. A. Corey
  4. C. J. Cherryh
  5. Kim Stanley Robinson
  6. Neal Stephenson
  7. Robert Charles Wilson

Also these two authors if possible:

  1. Connie Willis
  2. Greg Bear

Have you read any of these authors? If so, which of these authors did you like and why?

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12 thoughts on “Book Stats and TBR for rest of 2017

  1. I see you have a sizable non-fiction collection, why don’t you write much about those books? I guess these graphs should have taken a lot of efforts to make. Not my cup of tea πŸ™‚

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    • This year I am not able to read non-fiction because of lack of time and energy. Nonfiction requires more attention and time. 😦 Need to make some time. Actually I maintain list of all the books in a website so it is easy to get numbers and breakdowns. It just took me few mins to get the graphs done πŸ™‚

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  2. Thanks for the stats. I see you are getting rid of unwanted/unliked books instead of keeping them for ever. You are slowly turning into a minimalist. That is fine.

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  3. Ahh I love the chart! I’m definitely going to do that for my end of the year statistics. I have Tamora Pierce and John Scalzi on my TBR list, and I’ve read Jim Butcher’s Dresden Series, at least the first one. I’ve read Scalzi, too, his “Old Man’s War,” but I have “Agent to the Stars” on my TBR list. Catherynne Valente is a mistress of lush prose, but she’s one of those writers whom I only enjoy certain books from. I adored her Orphan’s Tales, but I couldn’t get into Palimpsest. I started A Dirge for Prester John, but I only got so far with it. I’m going to give it another try, but it was a bit difficult to get into.

    Looks like you’ve been very productive in the first half of the year πŸ™‚

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    • Yay, will look forward to your stats πŸ™‚ Catherynne Valente’s writing style is pretty whimsical and different. I started listening to her fairyland books and the writing style is very different from every other author I have ever read I think. Need to see if I will enjoy her books.

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      • I’ve been reading Tales from Arabian Nights, and I’m pretty sure that’s where Catherynne Valente borrowed her style from at least in her Orphan’s Tales series. There will be one story then in that story a character will start telling a story, then in THAT story the same thing will happen, and it will just keep going inward for a time until the story at the center is resolved then the next, then the next, etc. It’s like a Russian nesting dolls technique. I think Palimpsest is still on my TBR list, because I wanted to give it another try.

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