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Beautiful Sentences: Tom McAllister

Shell-shocked acquaintances will say without irony that he had so much to live for, ignorant of the fact that the prospect of having to live like this for another fifty years was not the solution to but rather the cause of his hopelessness.

Tom McAllister, How to Be Safe.

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2018 in reading

I’ve noticed that over the past few years, the number of books I’ve read each year has been in steady decline. This year I read just 67 books (which, I suppose is still a fair amount).

My favorite reads for the year, in alphabetical order, were:

It’s worth noting that my list is female-dominated, moreso than my overall reading, which continues a pattern from previous years.

Some statistics: books by women accounted for 52.4% of my reading, up from 50.8% last year. PoC: 21.4% up from 16.3%. Dead White Men 10.5% down from 20.1%. Non-US 25.7% down from 39.8%. Translations 4.6% down from 14.1%. Authors new to me 76.7% up from 68%. Re-reads 0.7% down from 2.8%. Authors I’ve met relatively flat 7.5% from 7.2% Median publication year 2013 vs 2009. Books advanced in the reading queue to meet demographic goals, 35.8% up from 24%. Books read as novel research, 16.4% down from 22.7%.

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