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December 2019 in review and 2019 in review

3 Jan, 2020

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December

20 books read. 12 by women (60%), 8 by men (40%)

Works by POC: 8 (40%)

Year to Date

244 books read. 135.5 by women (56%). 105 by men (43%). 2 by non-binary authors (1%) and 1.5 by an author whose gender is unknown (1%).

Works by POC: 100.75 (41%).

In pretty much every parameter save books by POC, this is pretty disappointing compared to past years, except for the discovery I am eight reviews short of 1500 for this site.

2018: 259 books read. 144 by women (56%), 105 by men (41%), 3 by NB (1%). 7 by persons whose gender is unknown (3%). Works by POC: 82.5 (32%)

2017: 255 works reviewed. 138.5 by women (54%). 109.5 by men (43%). 5 by non-binary authors (2%). 2 by N/A (1%). Works by POC: 75.5 (30%)

2016: 255 books read. 161.5 by women (0.63), 91.5 by men (0.36), 2 by authors who identifies as neither (0.01). 62.5 by POC (0.25).

2015: 329 books read. 195 by women (59%). 45 by POC (14%)

2014: I don't seem to have kept my numbers from 2014. I know I reviewed 150 books, though.

And now for the extremely obsolete chart.


Key: WNB stands for “women and non-binary genders”, while POC stands for
“person of colour”. R/R stands for “reviews/reviewers”. For R/R the
percentage represents the site’s R/R over my 2015 R/R. SFX is actually
called SFX; it is not short for anything. Same with io9. F&SF is the
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. SFS is Science Fiction
Studies. LARB is the Los Angeles Review of Books. CSZ is the Cascadia
Subduction Zone. The numbers are from the most recent Strange Horizons count, which is something like half a decade old.

Review source Total WNB WNB % POC POC % R R/R R/R % POC/R %POC/R wnb/r
JNR 2015 329 195 59 45 14 1 329 100 45 14 195
Locus 324 163 50 22 7 17 19 5.7 1.3 0.41 9.6
JNR 2018 259 154 59 82.5 32 1 259 79 82.5 32 154
JNR 2017 255 143.5 56 75.5 30 1 255 78 75.5 30 143.5
JNR 2016 255 163.5 64 62.5 25 1 255 78 62.5 25 163.5
JNR 2019 244 139 57 100.75 41 1 244 74 100.75 41 139
SFX 165 48 29 10 6 30 5.5 1.5 0.33 0.2 1.6
Romantic Times 146 84 57 14 10 n/a n/a N/a n/a n/a
Tor 141 66 47 18 13 27 5.2 1.6 0.67 0.48 2.4
Strange Horizons 139 66 48 30 22 80 1.7 0.5 0.38 0.28 0.8
Rising Shadows 83 25 30 1 1 2 41.5 12.6 0.5 0.5 12.5
JDN 2019 82 48.25 59 33.75 41 1 82 25 33.75 41 48.25
Interzone 67 21 31 7 10 19 3.5 1 0.37 0.53 1.1
F&SF 59 32 54 5 9 5 11.8 3.6 1 1.8 6.4
Analog 58 10 17 3 4 1 58 17.6 3 4 10
Io9 56 17 30 12 21 10 5.6 1.7 1.2 2.1 1.7
Asimov’s 53 21 23 3 6 3 17.7 5.4 1 2 3
Vector 52 18 35 4 8 26 2 0.6 0.15 0.31 0.7
SFS 45 48 21 2 4 38 1.2 0.3 0.053 0.11 1.3
NYRSF 42 11 26 6 13 24 1.8 0.5 0.25 0.54 0.5
Foundation 38 9 24 1 3 27 1.4 0.4 0.04 0.11 0.33
LARB 35 11 31 7 20 28 1.3 0.4 0.25 0.71 0.4
Lightspeed 28 16? 57 14 50 3 9.3 2.8 4.67 16.67 5.3
CSZ 23 19 80 8 35 17 1.4 0.4 0.47 2.06 1.1