I noticed this post
over on Neth Space and realized that I have all the information needed to do the same (I try to track my reading on Library Thing
, and was getting my list up-to-date for awards nomination season).
However, before I get to the numbers, I want to let people know how happy I am to have been nominated for the BSFA award in the non-fiction category! It's for the essay on spacesuits that I did for Ian Sales' anthology Rocket Science
, and I'm really amazed by how much attention it's gotten, first from the reviewers and now from the BSFA nominating population.
I don't expect to win this award--Farah and Paul have both won before, Maureen did a brilliant job with her extended review series, and the World SF blog is a wonderful on-going resource. However, they're not kidding when they say it's an honor to be nominated. I'm also rather pleased to see that I appear to be one of the only nominees ever in this category for a piece that deals more with science than with literature. For one that makes me very happy as I hope to expand out into doing more science popularization writing in the future; and for two I hope that I can act, even in a small way, as a role model: women can't just do
science, we can have fun
In the spirit of Science then, on to the numbers!
Books read in 2012: 30
Collections of short stories: 7
Published in 2012: 15
Specifically read for review: 13
Specifically read as research for the Egan book: 8
By male authors: 17
By female authors: 7
Avg rating as awarded at the time: 3.4
Avg rating as adjusted after reflection: 3.33
(The male/female numbers don't include the short fiction anthologies unless they were single-author collections)
My highest rated book for the year was The Sparrow
by Mary Doria Russell, followed by The Wiscon Chronicles Vol. 5
, and Beyond Binary
. None of the books I read got less than two stars.
So I'm running about 30/70 Female/Male, which isn't great. And only 30 books? In 2011 I read 53! Aaargh! Already the impact of having little Gadget running around is making itself clear. But I did better at reading things published in 2012 than I'd feared, although I still feel quite a bit behind the curve there. I've got high hopes for 2013 though, as I've already polished off four books so far, with a gender split of 75/25 F/M gender split (although two of those are from 2012... still playing catch up!)