Monday, January 27, 2014

"Book Clock Tag"

This is a youtube tag video from Danika Leigh Ellis  her channel is :

1) How fast do you read?
I read about 20 pages in an hour roughly.

2) How many books do you read in a year?
Last year I read around 65 but the years before that I read 45, so I am going to average it at 50.

3) How many books are on your TBR pile/list?
On my goodreads I have 587, however, I do not plan on reading all of those, a lot are just books that sounded interesting and to look more into, instead of books that I am very interested in reading. Of books that I am currently interested in reading I would put my number at ~200. Book that I intend to read and physically own I would put more around ~100.

4) Based on how many books you have to read, and how many book you read in a year, how long will it take you to get to the end of your TBR pile/list?
Assuming that I do not purchase anymore books and purely focus on finishing all that I own, it would take me around 2 years.

5) How many years have you been reading?
I have been reading since probably around 5-6, so about 18 years.

6) Based on how many books you read in a year and how many years you've been reading, how many books have you read in your lifetime?
Well, I think that 50 books is a bit high for through-out my life, I think when I was younger I would probably get through maybe 30, so I am going to change the number to 40 to account for less reading as a kid, (even though that may be a bit high) it would average out to about 18*40= 720.

7) How many hours do you spend reading in a week?
I am not sure if you are counting reading from textbooks/school related, but I am assuming you are, I spent about 2.5 (1.5 hours reading) hours per night on homework, and I enjoy reading for fun for .5-1 hour, so overall I will read about 1.5+.7*7= 15 and a half hours roughly.

8) How many hours do you spend in book-related activities other than reading in a week? (Booktubing, bookblogging, book shopping, etc)
I enjoy watching booktubers while I do other things, but I would say about an hour a day I do book related things on bad days and maybe 2ish on good days.

9) Would you like to change that ratio? (Would you rather spend more time reading and less time on book-related things?)
Nah, they are both for fun for me, so I don't really mind the ratio.

10) Anything else you'd like to add? And who do you want to tag?
Nothing to add! :)

Friday, January 24, 2014

reading diversely

Or an alternate title to this post could be - wow I should really try to read more diversely - because my last three reading year sucked on this front.

So as a preface to my stats of my reading year in this aspect I would like to say I have been watching a couple of different booktubers (ex.mothereffingbooks, and Rinceyreads) and they have talked about how they read books predominately by white authors. Curious about my own stats in this area I decided to look about how the races break down in the books I read in the last couple of years. Since I have only being keeping track of what I have read since 2011 on goodreads, I will only be able to compile to data from 2011-2013. While this is overall not a large chuck of all my reading, it is what I have data on, even still you will see the trends through the past three years are relatively unchanged and it is likely that my previous reading years before showed similar patterns.

Total books read: 40
Female authors 15 (37.5%)
Male authors 25 (62.5%)

Asian authors: 9 (22.5%)
White authors: 26 (65%)
Unknown/insufficient data: 5 (12.5%)

This year had a lot of asian and white authors, however it did not have much else, this year I was into a lot of manga and contemporary fiction.  

Total books read: 42
Female authors: 20 (48%)
Male authors: 22 (52%)

Asian authors : 2 (5%)
African American : 1 (2%)
White: 34 (81%)
Unknown: 5 (12%)

This year I had more categories than two, however I was reading basically predominately by a large margin, (if we disregard unknown as a category as it is mostly there so the number makes sense and nothing can really be drawn from the unknown) I read 16 times more white authors than the next category by number read (asian).  Clearly this year I did not read very diversely, however I did read a more equal number of female to male authors than the last year.

Total books read: 65
Female authors:32 (49%)
Male authors: 33 (51%)

Asian authors : 2 (3%)
African American: 1* (1.5%)
Hispanic: 1 (1.5%)
First Nation : 1 (1.5%)
Persian: 2 (3%)
White: 56* (86%)
Unknown: 3  (5%)

* NB: The author in this category mention is Howard Griffin the author of the non-fiction piece "Black Like Me", he is white, however he dyed himself black in order to get an "insider" look of how african american's were treated in the 1960's, because he is white by race I placed a tick in the white category, but because that book was mainly about his events he witnessed in his black outwards apperence, I placed a tick in the african american category, however, this is contestable since he is not actually a black author.

This year my reading had even more different categories, which is a step in the right direction, however, even still the majority of my books were focused on white authors again. I hope to contuine the trend of reading more diversely in the number of different races that I read - but I would also like to read more books by authors that are not white.

This video really covers a lot of the points about why I feel reading diversely is something I should try to do :

While she does admit that she does not have any actual stats on whether white authors are being displayed more often and therefore if one wanted to they could disregard that argument due to a lack of proof, I think that ultimately I cannot lost anything from reading more diversely, and I hope this will enrich my reading experience. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

My To (attempt) to be read over this Bout of Books

Finish - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (on pg 62)
Finish - The 5th Wave (on pg 231)
Finish - Life before Life (on chapter 5)

If I finish those I would then like to read
-Never Fade
-I am Malala

and if I finish all of those then I would like to read
-The Returned
-The Prisoner of Azkaban

So that's my reading list for this week. :)

Bout of books

I think this year will be my first go at bout of books which is according to the website
"The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team"
-Sounds fun right?