I thought I’d go through my reading statistics for 2018 since it’s the end of the year and all. In addition to tracking my reading on Goodreads, I also use a spreadsheet. Mine is sort of a combination of Sophie’s over at Portal in the Pages and the one over at Book Riot. I’m just going to go through the sections I find interesting and highlight what I like and don’t like. In the next post, I’ll look ahead and list the goals I have for 2019.
BY THE MONTH
So in 2018 I read the following number of books per month:
On average, I read 5 books per month. Not too shabby, but there were definitely some outliers…
I finished absolutely no books in August and September because I just couldn’t get into anything I tried. And I tried hard, too — but maybe that was the problem. Obviously my brain was telling me I needed to take a break. And that’s okay. Sometimes I forget that I don’t have to be reading something all the time.
I think pages read per month is — while interesting — a less useful statistic because it doesn’t take into account the types of books read (e.g., poetry vs. novel, single-issue comic vs. anthology, etc.). But it’s pretty interesting nonetheless and seems to follow the trend of the number of books I read each month.
On average, I read 1146 pages per month for the books I finished. This number doesn’t take into account books I started bu did not finish, and I’m going to try to take that into account for next year’s spreadsheet.
BY THE BOOKS
Here’s where it gets more interesting. Above is the split of the genres I read this year. As you can see, there’s a loooot of contemporary romance and poetry. I hadn’t read much contemporary romance before this year because I didn’t think I’d like it. I prefer historical fiction over contemporary, so I thought that would carry over to romance — I was clearly wrong. As for the poetry, I’ve been trying to read more contemporary poets. So, whenever I see a poetry collection come through at work, I pick it up. If someone recommends a book of poetry, I see if we have it in our collection and check it out. I’m much more likely to follow up on a poetry recommendation than a fiction one because overall it takes less time and mental energy to read. Even if I don’t like it, it won’t be a big loss.
It’s interesting to see the genres I seemingly didn’t even touch. I know I started at least one of all of them except philosophy and short stories. I’m actually switching up the genres for next year’s spreadsheet, so hopefully there will be a broader range of books read then.
And then we have the page counts:
I’m surprised that most of my books have been between 100-199 pages. My guess is that those were mainly poetry collections, with a few novellas and nonfiction books thrown in. No really long books for me this year. I’m planning to read at least one Outlander book and some other longer ones next year, though, so I expect that to look different in 2019.
Ratings!! Here we have what I call a success because there are 0 one-star ratings and only 3 two-star ratings. *applauds self* Most of my reads were 4 stars, with 3 and 5 following up. That’s pretty good. Either I was lucky or I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting what I will and won’t like.
So I’m pretty close to an even split between print and digital reads, which is neither good nor bad for me. I like to have a Kindle book going at all times so I won’t be stuck somewhere without something to read, and I pretty much only read print books at home. I only listened to one audiobook this year. I’ve tried to listen to more, but I really love listening to music. If I switched to audiobooks in the car and during workouts, I’d have finished tons more books — oh well.
So I’m a library assistant, and essentially what that means is that you can multiply the books I see on Goodreads, Instagram, and booktube by at least 50. It’s really hard not to put a book on hold because “I might read it” — especially ebooks since they don’t take up any visible space. Because of that, the fact that I’ve read more of my own books is good. Because I have a loooot of unread books. The only problem here — and I’m afraid to actually count them — is that many of those books I own were purchased this year and didn’t put much of a dent in my owned TBR…
BY THE AUTHORS
Something I’m not proud of is the diversity in my reading this year in terms of author nationality. I did a lot better last year, but I think this year’s reading of mostly romance novels heavily impacted the demographics of my reading. Honestly, this is pretty bad. I was surprised when I saw it. Sure there’s a little diversity within those countries, but I need to do better next year. But yeah. That’s a lot of gray.
And that’s a looot of white.
And here’s where the purchased genres come into play. As you can see, most of them were contemporary romances, which made up the majority of my reading this year. Nothing’s really surprising here, even the number of unread books in these genres.
I won’t go into how much money I spent on books this year, but I will say that I greatly improved from last year. I spent only 23.4% of what I did in 2017, which basically means that last year was bad on the spending front.
If you’ve made it this far into this post, then I commend you. I find these statistics really interesting, which is why I take the time to carefully craft my spreadsheets and constantly try to improve them. It also helps me see how I’m doing on different goals I set for myself and lets me see where I’ve done well and where I can improve. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if it’s yours, then I get you.