Every year I document the books I read using a super fancy excel spreadsheet. Mostly, so that at the end of the year I can use the chart function to look at my reading tendencies and averages and hold myself accountable in following years. Here’s my reading statistics for 2018 with some goals for this next year of reading:
I read 50 books in 2018.
The shortest book I read was 61 pages (Belinda Blinked) and the longest book I read was 533 pages (The City of Brass)
The length of the books I read averaged at 276.14 pages.
In total I read 13,807 pages
On average that is 37.8 pages a day or 265.52 pages a week or 1,150.58 pages a month.
Analysis: To someone who wouldn’t consider themselves a reader this is probably impressive. To me, all my numbers are down from last year. My shortest and longest books were both shorter and my page count is down. Next year I want to read at least one book longer than this years longest and I want my total page count to be the same or higher. ONE YEAR I WANT MY AVERAGE BOOK LENGTH TO BE 300 PAGES but that might not happened until I’m retired!
In 2018 64% of the books I read were written by women, 34% were written by men, and 2% (one book) was by a nonbinary author. I read 48 books by cis authors and 2 by trans authors. (One is nonbinary and the other a trans women who is counted among the women in the chart below because trans women are women duh)
In 2019 I would love to continue reading books by trans, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming authors. Let me know if you have any recommendations. I’m totally fine with reading more women than men but I LOVED several books by men of color this year and would love to read more.
In 2018 54% of the books I read were written by white people and 46% were written by people of color. This was my most diverse year of reading yet and my top ten favorites were again split 50-50 between white writers and people of color with only one favorite being by a white male author.
In 2019 I want to be at 50-50!! I WAS SO CLOSE AND SCREWED UP AT THE END OF THE YEAR!
In 2018 78% of the books I read were by American authors. The rest of the of the 22% were English, Canadian, Irish, Swedish, Austrian, and Pakistani.
In 2019 I want to continue reading American novels, making sure that their stories represent a wide American experience and when I read international authors look for more authors from non-western countries. (A little vague but I’m okay reading American authors as long as I’m still diversifying my reads.)
In 2018, 68% of the books I read were paperback, 26% were hardback, and 6% were audiobooks.
In 2019, I’m going to listen to only podcasts and music so audiobooks will not be a part of the 50 books I read unless the audio book is a podcast. I want to return to reading graphic novels in the form of comic collections.
Date Published Statistics:
In 2018, 22% of the books I read were released in 2018, 20% were released in 2017, 16% were released in 2016, and 10% were released in 2015. Most of the books I read were released in the 2000’s with a few outliers. My earliest book was released in 1593 (The Taming of the Shrew)
In 2019, I want to keep up my pattern of reading books as they’re released so as to stay in tune with the literary world but I want to throw in a few more throwbacks if I’m able!
In 2018, 22% of books I read were fiction, 20% were fantasy, 16% were graphic novels, 14% were science fiction, 12% were nonfiction, 12% science fiction, 8% young adult, 8% horror, 4% Porno (Thanks “My Dad Wrote a Porno”), 2% Nonfiction, 2% Mystery, 2% Drama, & 2% Magical Realism.
In 2019, I want to keep up my pattern of reading lots of different genres. My favorite books of the year were overwhelmingly sci-fi even though that was a lower percentage of my reading so I may be more mindful about that this year.
In 2018, I rated 28% of the books I read as 5 stars, 42% as 4 stars, 24% as 3 stars and the remaining 6% were 2 stars.
In 2019, I want to keep that balance pretty much the same. I liked my books more than ever this year with my four star ratings being so high and I didn’t complete any 1 star books – putting them down before completion.
In 2019 I want to read 50 awesome books!