2018 Reading Statistics and Goals

In 2017 I tracked my reading in excel and had a lot of fun analyzing those statistics at the end of the year. Even though I didn’t do much blogging in 2018 (sorry guys…) and I’ve read way less, I thought it would be fun to do a bit of analysis anyway.

In 2018 I read 25 books. This was weird and kind of disappointing because last year I read 100 books, however it’s not all bad news. My goodreads ‘year in review’ showed me that last year the books I read averaged 343 pages each, whereas this year the books I read averaged 516 pages each – a massive difference. I read a lot of long books this year.

Authors

I read books from 17 different authors this year. My most read author was Shannon Messenger, I reread her 7 book long Keeper of the Lost Cities series in November / December which massively boosted my total.

80% of the books I read were by female authors, which is an increase from last year despite my intentions to even out my reading a bit more.

Nearly 53% of the authors I read this year were new to me, which is still more than half but is significantly lower than last year where this statistic was 10% higher. Instead I favoured reading books by authors I already knew in 2018, which is probably due the amount of rereading I did.

Book Demographics

I reread 7 books in 2018, which out of my 25 book total is nearly a third.

The genres I read the most of in 2018 was fantasy by a LONG way at 17 books. I doubt that perference will ever change. I am somewhat surprised to have only read 2 sci-fi books this year, because last year that number was also way out infront of the rest.

Unlike last year when I read a play, some short story collections and a graphic novel, all of the books I read this year were novels or the occasional memoir / self help style book. Thus I felt it was unnecessary to graph this.

Most of the books I read had been published in the last 3 years, but honestly I didn’t read enough books this year for this graph to be much use.

There is a tie for first place here between 200-300 pages (all my school books were in this length) and 600-700 pages. Overall, more than half of the books I read had over 500 pages.

All the books I read this year were in physical form, last year there was a good spread of ebooks and audiobooks in there but since I got into podcasts I’ve stopped using my phone so much for reading. Maybe that will change in the new year since I have a new phone with more storage.

More than half of the books I read were sequels / last in series, far more than last year when first in series / stand alones dominated.

Reviewing

I gave nearly 75% of the books I read in 2018 a four or five star rating… even after last year I changed my rating system a bit to try to skew away from super high ratings all the time. I do still think I need to utilise the three star rating a bit more, but overall I think it’s okay that I tend to rate high. I think it’s mostly because all of my rereads were 4 or 5 star books, afterall why would I reread a book I didn’t enjoy.

I also tracked the emotional response I had to books, which I think is a good way of telling how invested I am in a story. The two books that had me in massive tears were both four star reads for me, not five stars. This was because there were other parts of the books that dragged even if the ending was really emotional. And of the 6 books that had me somewhat emotional, all but one was the last book in a trilogy or the 5th or 6th book in a long series – basically I was already emotionally invested in the characters.

Diversity

I only started tracking these things this year, so it will be interesting to see how the numbers turn out.

This is real disappointing. I didn’t make much of an effort to search out books that would fit in here, but being faced with the reality that most of the books I happened to read had no LGBT rep. We need more fantasy books with LBGT+ characters – it’s that simple. Even the ones I marked as “yes” on this graph were still side / background characters that weren’t necessarily in the whole book.

And I was really surprised to find out that some of my “yes” cases were actually from a series that started in the 1980s (my all time favorite series, the Obernewtyn Chronicles). It was something I didn’t even register previous times I read the series because some of the character’s names are so weird I didn’t actively attach a gender to the name and just presumed it was a heterosexual couple because I didn’t even know there was another option back then.

I’d say that even though these numbers aren’t that bad, the quality of the representation was still pretty lacking. The number of own voices authors I read was scarily small so this is definitely something that I need to continue to work on.

I also tracked the mental health rep, but providing a graph of that would be pretty pointless considering only 3 books I read had anything that could be considered positive in this category. And of those two were unnamed but implied ptsd/anxiety disorders, and the third was pretty much just a plot device.

Were there any trends in your reading in 2018 that surprised you? What goals do you have for reading in 2019?

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