12 Months Reading the Why

In the last 12 months, I read 56 books and 5 short stories. Here is what that looks like as a graphic:

๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–
๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–
๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–
๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–
๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–
๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“„๐Ÿ“„๐Ÿ“„๐Ÿ“„
๐Ÿ“„

Of the 56 books,ย there were 37 novels (including 3 short novels or novellas), 1 book of short stories, 6 graphic novels, 11 non-fictions titles, and 1 epic poem:

๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜
๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜
๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜
๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“™๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•
๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“—
๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“—๐Ÿ“œ

Of the 37 novels,ย 24 were general fiction, 9 were science-fiction, and 4 were crime:

๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช
๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช
๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€
๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”

I borrowed 32 books from the library, 9 from friends, and 8 of them were mine:

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š
๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š
๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š
๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŽ’
๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ 

Of the authors, 25 were American, and 10 were British. Included in that were 2 Canadian-Americans, 1 Russian-American, and 1 British-American. There were also 2 German authors and 2 Italian authors, as well as one each from Russia, South Africa, Pakistan, South Korea and Belgium:

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธflaguscanflaguscanflagusrusflagusk๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด

11 of the authors were female, 33 were male:

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฉ
๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ
๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ
๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ
๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘จ

And 21 were still alive, while 22 were dead:

โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
โค๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธ
โ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธ
โ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธ

Also, 9 of the authors featured multiple times:

โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

What does all this tell me? 1. My reading is very Anglo-American-centric (and US authors dominate), not a big surprise as I am a native English speaker who dislikes reading in translation. 2. I know, I know, I need to read more female authors!

-Reading the Why

 

[P.S. You may have noticed that the counting is off. If you want to go through my posts over the past year and tell me what I missed, be my guest. I’ll send you some chocolate as thanks. But what I really want is someone to write a program that will input all the books I’ve read and turn my reading history–my reader’s ‘fingerprint’–into a cool graphic. There’s a description of what I mean,ย here.]

Advertisements

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

I call myself a science-fiction fan and I haven’t read Foundation! I feel I should stop right here, just shut up, and go read!

Alright, just a quick word and I’ll go. I don’t think there are too many gaps this big in my sci-fi education. I mean, there are obviously thousands upon thousands of titles that I haven’t read but I feel I must have struck (at least close to) most of the big ones. Here’s to closing this Bildungslรผcke.

Hope to feel more ‘real’ afterwards.

-Reading the Why

… the world struggle today was not of Communism against Fascism, but of tolerance against the bigotry that was preached equally by Communism and Fascism. But he saw too that in America the struggle was befogged by the fact that the worst Fascists were they who disowned the word “Fascism” and preached enslavement to Capitalism under the style of Constitutional and Traditional Native American Liberty.

-Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here

“But anyway, we’re not going to have any kids. Oh, I like children! I’d like to have a dozen of the little devils around. But if people have gone so soft and turned the world over to stuffed shirts and dictators, they needn’t expect any decent woman to bring children into such an insane asylum! Why, the more you really do love children, the more you’ll want ’em not to be born, now!”

-Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here

Blessed be they who are not Patriots and Idealists, and who do not feel they must dash right in and Do Something About It, something so immediately important that all doubters must be liquidated–tortured–slaughtered!

-Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here

Why, Windrip’s just something nasty that’s been vomited up. Plenty others still left fermenting in the stomach … No, Buzz isn’t important–it’s the sickness that made us throw him up that we’ve got to attend to…

-Sinclair Lewis, It’s Can’t Happen Here

… what burns me up–it isn’t that old soap-boxer’s chestnut about how one tenth of 1 per cent of the population at the top have an aggregate income equal to 42 per cent at the bottom. Figures like that are too astronomical. Don’t mean a thing in the world to a fellow with his eyes–and nose–down in a transmission box…

-Sinclair Lewis, It’s Can’t Happen Here