So in 2013, I ended up reading a total of 114 books. Some interesting statistics along the way:
27.2% were written by women. Asians and Latinos each made up 2.6%. Blacks were 1.8%. I find these numbers to be rather disgraceful.
40.4% were for my MFA.
Two were in Spanish.
Eleven were translated (from French, Hungarian, German, Ukrainian, Russian and Japanese if you must know).
Fiction made up 57.9% of the year’s reading. Poetry made up 2.6%.
And my top reads of the year, alphabetically by title:
- Collected Stories by Raymond Carver
- Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
- Figures of Literary Discourse by Gérard Genette
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
- Kiku’s Prayer by Shusakū Endō
- Lit by Mary Karr
- Little Black Book of Stories by A. S. Byatt
- What We Talk About When We Talk About Ann Frank by Nathan Englander
- White Man’s Grave by Richard Dooling
- Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye
It’s interesting to note that whenever I’ve done these end of year lists, I never have a set number that I’m aiming for. Interestingly, though, I consistently end up picking about 10% of the books that I’ve read.