1. Read great books
41% of the books I read this year I rated 85/100 or higher (up from 38% in my August review). My ratings are unscientific - mostly just a way to help me choose my top ten - and I didn't say what percentage would justify a pass... but I reckon it's:
2. Read at least 52 books
Actual: 61 (16 physical; 45 audiobooks)
3. Read at least 10 poetry collections
The remainder of the 61 were made up of 26 novels, 6 story collections, 1 graphic novel & 22 non-fiction books.
4. Read more than 40% female authors
5. Read at least a third non-white authors
This was interesting, as I read 27% non-white authors in 2018 without a target, but I only hit at 6% the year before that, so hovering around a quarter isn't that bad, though it's not that great, either.
6. Read less than 40% US authors
7. Read from at least 10 different countries
8. Read at least 5 works in translation
9. Target median age of books read: 2009
- 2010s: 55 (25 just from 2019)
- 2000s: 3
- 1970s: 1
- 1960s: 2
The allure of the new and shiny is hard to resist, eh?
6 of 9 targets met. I think the first two are the big ones: quantity and quality. The rest were prompts for me to read diversely. And while I read a number of highly enjoyable books this year, something about these targets made reading feel a bit like box ticking. I'm interested to see how I go without explicit targets or mid-point reviews. So I only have one target for this year:
2020 target: read 70 books
But I will look at how I went against these other metrics at the very end of the year and do some trend analysis over the last 5 or so years.
Up next, my top 11 reads of the year...