Welcome to 2015 !
Apologies for going quiet towards the end of last year, we were all rather busy in our day-to-day lives and that left rather little time for reviewing and posting here.
To start us off, here is a recap of all the books we did review throughout 2014 and a little bit of humour as we revisit the topic of which is the favourite 100. Our first post about that was back in July 2012, to which we added a follow-up in January 2013. As at the start of 2015, here are our most popular 100s.
Books 1 – 99: 31 reviews
Books 100 – 199: 17 reviews
Books 200 – 299: 27 reviews
Books 300 – 399: 17 reviews
Books 400 – 499: 17 reviews
Books 500 – 599: 20 reviews
Books 600 – 699: 17 reviews
Books 700 – 799: 20 reviews
Books 800 – 899: 19 reviews
Books 900 – 1001: 18 reviews
Surprisingly it’s a pretty even balance across most of the list, with only 1-99 and 200-299 showing out as clear favourites.
If you prefer it by century then here we are:
2000s: 23 reviews
1900s: 137 reviews
1800s: 33 reviews
1700s: 4 reviews
pre-1700: 6 reviews
This balance is unsurprising given the heavy weighting towards books from the 1900s in the list.
Does your reading of the 1001 Books show any bias, in either 100s or centuries?
A total of 24 books were reviewed in 2014, and here they are.
Just for my own amusement I thought I would take a look at the distribution of our reviews so far. Yes, it is geeky of me, but then I wouldn’t be here editing a list of book reviews if I wasn’t something akin to one.
Are you interested to know just where our Reviewers have been concentrating their talents?
To make it simpler I have broken our large list down into one hundreds, with the exception of the first and last “hundreds”.
Books 1 – 99: 14 reviews
Books 100 – 199: 7 reviews
Books 200 – 299: 9 reviews
Books 300 – 399: 7 reviews
Books 400 – 499: 6 reviews
Books 500 – 599: 2 reviews
Books 600 – 699: 2 reviews
Books 700 – 799: 10 reviews
Books 800 – 899: 9 reviews
Books 900 – 1001: 2 reviews
What I would like to know is, what’s wrong with the books between 500 and 669, and the last 101?
I am actually glad to see that we have reviews in each “hundred” at very least, but clearly we need to be encouraging more participation in those middle sections.
Any of our kind reviewers stuck for the next choice to read? How about you look for your next 1001 Book in the early to mid nineteenth century? There are some cracking authors in here – Dashiell Hammett, Dorothy Sayers, Hemingway, Mitford, Waugh, Steinbeck to name just a small handful.
And for those of you who maintain your own list, are you stuck in a particular “hundred”? Perhaps you could challenge yourself to move out of you “hundred zone” and in to a whole new world of reading. If you do take up my “Hundred Zone Challenge”, why not leave us a comment letting us know which hundred you love and which one you plan to try afresh.
Happy reading everyone.