Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Some 2014 Tournament of Books Metrics

Given that the 2014 Morning News Tournament of Books (hashtag ToBX, y'all) finalists were announced yesterday, I thought it would be fun to go through the numbers.

93 Long-listed books
17 Finalist books
7,164 total pages
421 pages is the average book length
384 pages is the median book length (At Night We Walk in CirclesThe People in the Trees
200 pages is the shortest book (Hill William)
848 pages is the longest book (The Luminaries)
8 male authors
9 female authors
12 American authors
5 non-American authors
2 books in translation

Don't be confused by names, Mia Couto is a dude. The American and non-American authors was a little more difficult to work out (thanks Wikipedia!). Some of these authors have duel citizenship (I'm looking at you, Ruth Ozeki) and some where born elsewhere but live here and have nationality in the United States.

In other news, I finished The Goldfinch last night. I'm trying to figure out what to take on next. Do I try to tackle the longest book (The Luminaries) or do I go for How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (only 240 pages!)? Since I've only read 2 of 17 books (1,216 of 7,164 pages), there's a lot to read. So do I read the longest books first or do I go for quantity of books and start with Hill William and finish as many as possible?

What's everybody's strategy for getting through these?

If you can't get enough ToB(X!) coverage, here are some posts by other bloggers about this year's finalists:

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