Monday, January 31, 2011

Books of 2010

Complete list is in the sidebar way down somewhere on the right. 39 was quite a long way short of my stated goal of one a week. I started well, but quickly tailed off with a too-late surge in the last three months, as you can see from the chart below. This year I am going to aim for 52 again, but suspect that anticipated lack of sleep from late May onwards may make it hard to achieve again.
More worrying, however, as the following graph clearly illustrates is the gap between books read and books acquired. Luckily most of my 2010 Christmas books actually arrived in January, otherwise the gap would have been even more alarming.
Top ten is below, with statistics underneath. Apparent again is a heavy bias towards fiction, male authors and books published in the last three years.

Top 10
1 Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann
2 Waterlog – Roger Deakin
3 The Magnetic North – Sarah Wheeler
4 A Lie About My Father – John Burnside
5 Started Early, Took My Dog – Kate Atkinson
6 Zeitoun – Dave Eggers
7 Zero History – William Gibson
8 The Stars in the Bright Sky – Alan Warner
9 The Broken Shore – Peter Temple
10 Men in Space – Tom McCarthy

Fiction: 29 titles
Non-fiction: 10 titles
Number of authors: 39
Male authors: 32
Female authors: 7

Books published in 2010: 11
Books published in 2009: 13
Books published in 2008: 6
Books published in 2007: 4
Books published in 2006: 3
Books published in 2005: 1
Books published 2000-04: 1
Books published 1990-99: 0
Books published 1980-89: 0
Books published before 1980: 0

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