Mid-Year Check In | 2021

Hi, folks!

I saw this meme/ tag on Eric’channel, and decided to jump in and take the opportunity to discuss my reading year so far. Here are the questions/ prompts:

1. How many books have you read so far this year?

78 books, comprising a total of 17.766 pages. (If you are curious about how my reading spreadsheet works, I made a video about it. You can download the spreadsheet here, and read the corresponding blog notes here.)

Publishing Year          Number of books     Percentage

<1800 2 2,56%
1900 – 1800 8 10,26%
1910-1919 2 2,56%
1920-1929 3 3,85%
1930-1939 2 2,56%
1940-1949 3 3,85%
1950-1959 5 6,41%
1960-1969 6 7,69%
1970-1979 4 5,13%
1980-1989 3 3,85%
1990-1999 3 3,85%
2000-2009 5 6,41%
2010-2019 14 17,95%
2020-2029 18 23,08%

Number of pages      Number of books         Percentage

<100 11 14,10%
100-199 28 35,90%
200-299 19 24,36%
300-399 14 17,95%
400-499 3 3,85%
500-599 2 2,56%
>1000 1 1,28%

Source                    Number of books            Percentage

Library 29 37,18%
TBR 49 62,82%

Format                    Number of books                        Percentage

Audio 15 19%
Ebook 42 54%
Hardback 6 8%
Paperback 15 19%

Author Nationality         Number of Books        Percentage

Europe 37                                  46,4%
North-America 23                                  29,5%
South-America 9                                    11,5%
Asia 5                                     6,4%
Africa 4                                     5,1%

Finally, the authors I read the most in 2021 were Virginia Woolf (6), Marghanita Laski (2), Joan Didion (2), Daphne Du Maurier (2), and Barbara Comyns (2).


2. What’s your favourite book so far this year?

Appius and Virginia, by G. E. Trevelyan (1932) & Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath, by Heather Clark (2020).


3. What’s the most disappointing book you’ve read this year?

Breasts and Eggs, by Mieko Kawakami (2020, tr. Sam Bett & David Boyd. Original: 夏物語, 2019), Zero, by Gine Cornelia Pedersen (2018, tr. Rosie Hedger. Original: Null, 2013), Milk Fed by Melissa Broder (2021), and Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers, by Lauren Burke and Hannah K. Chapman, illust. Kaley Bales (2021).


4. What genre have you read most this year?

The genres I read the most were Literary fiction (43,6%), Classics (12,8%), Nature writing (11,5%), Biography (7,7%), Essay (6,4%), and Poetry (5,1%). The rest comprises literary criticism, memoirs, letter collections, diaries, and plays.


5. Name a new favourite author that you’ve discovered this year.

Sara Gallardo, Elspeth Barker, G. E. Trevelyan, and  John Oliver Hobbes (pen name of Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie, born Richards).


6. What’s the most surprisingly good book you’ve read so far this year?

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (2020) & Nine Moons, by Gabriela Wiener (2020, tr. Jessica Powell. Original: Nueve lunas, 2009).


7. What are your favourite and most anticipated 2021 releases?

Favourite books I read from my list of most anticipated 2021 releases: Unsettled Ground, by Claire Fuller (2021), Betrachtungen einer Barbarin, by Asal Dardan (2021, not translated yet), and Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, by Gail Crowther (2021).

Most anticipated books for the second half of 2021: The Letters of Shirley Jackson, ed. Laurence Jackson Hyman (due in July 13th), Checkout 19, by Claire-Louise Bennett (due in August), Hannah Arendt, by Samantha Rose Hill (due in September), The Strangers, by Katherena Vermette (due in September), Frauen Literatur: Abgewertet, vergessen, wiederentdeckt, by Nicole Seifert (due in September), On Freedom, by Maggie Nelson (due in September), H of H Playbook, by Anne Carson (due in October), The Books of Jacob, by Olga Tokarczuk (due in November, tr. Jennifer Croft. Original: Księgi Jakubowe, 2014), The Fell, by Sarah Moss (due in November), Burntcoat by Sarah Hall (due in November).


8. What’s your next big priority for your reading?

A season in Middlemarch & 20 Books of Summerhosted by Cathy


9. What’s been your bookish highlight of the year so far?

Co-hosting the Springathon on Instagram, together with Natalie (Curious Reader), Emma (A Cup Of Books), Doris (All D Books@booknaturalists), and Heidi (My Reading Life@booknaturalists).


10. What’s a book you started reading this year and still need to complete?

The Brontës: A Life in Letters, ed. Juliet Barker (1997) & The Brontës by Juliet Barker (1994)


11. What’s the best classic book you’ve read so far?

A Double Life, by Karolina Pavlova (1978/ 2019, tr. Barbara Heldt. Original: Двойная жизнь, 1848), The Victorian Chaise-Longue, by Marghanita Laski (1953, a reread), Millenium Hall, by Sarah Scott (1762) & Life and Death of Harriett Frean, by May Sinclair (1922).


12. Who do you tag?

Everyone who enjoyed reading this post 🙂

Yours truly,

J.


Woman with Book by William McGregor Paxton (1910)
Woman with Book by William McGregor Paxton (1910)

 


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