Reading Stats 2019

This year was the first year I used a spreadsheet to track my reads. I liked it but it also provided me with procrastination opportunities which might not be so good though I still enjoyed that planning of what to read next etc. I have continued this year with a blank spreadsheet off last years template πŸ™‚

Anyway it did provide me information all ready to go and be displayed.

So without further ado, here are my stats for all the book I read during 2019:

Let’s start with amount of books and stuff

In total this year I read 105 book. My GoodReads Challenge was 85 books which i nailed. Of these 38 books were read during readathons which means I would have only read 67 books without readathons…

Below are two histograms showing both the amount of books per month and the amount of pages per month. Audibooks which does not have pages numbers are 0 and only included in book per month. This is why I read 0 pages in November but 4 books – they were all audiobooks. February was a really good month for me and so was May. March was a slow one and I think that was mainly due to one book which dragged on and I didn’t really want to read it which slowed me down.

I read a wide range of book sizes this year with 105 books, and my average page number for the books was 361 pages per book which on my list is closest to A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey at 368 pages. The smallest book I read was a graphic novel (Guardians Team-Up #10) with 21 pages, and the longest (surprise surprise! not!) was Gone With the Wind at 1057 pages. I read 7 books under 100 pages and 15 books over 500 pages. Clearly I prefer larger volume but don’t judge the smaller ones πŸ™‚

Reading speed was interesting thing to track. This graph below shows the amount of pages per day. Audiobook which are 0 pages are on the <1 days at 41% and not really countable. I might have to change this somehow next year…

In general, I read about 41-61 pages a day which is a good evening for me πŸ™‚ The very top one at 291-301 pages per day is Birthday by Meredith Russo which is 300 pages and I read it in one day – it was that good πŸ™‚

Days per book what something I wanted to track because I had “to read a book in a day” on my reading challenge. But turns out I read a lot of books in one day. The longest books for a days read were Heartstopped vol 1 + 2, and Birthday by Meredith Russo, while the rest were mainly short stories, novellas and graphic novels.

The longest book took me 178 days and that was Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – it kept going back to the library and I had the keep reserving it! It was frustrating and infuriating! I think I ended up rated it 4 stars because I was so relieved it was finally over… I started it in January and finished it in July! I will not repeat that this year I promise

The zero days are the DNF’s I have for this year.

Going deeper into the type of books I read let’s first look at the age ranges read. I mainly read adult books this year but with a good chunk of YA. I think this is a reasonable representation of an average year for me. It maybe it has been the other way around in previous years or even levels of adult and YA but I have no stats for previous years so I don’t know. I’ll let you know next year when I compare πŸ™‚ Though I do try to read more adult (you know, read my own age as I’m supposed to act my own age… it’s futile)

Looking at genres there is no surprise I read mostly fantasy, but I’m quite surprised I read that many non-fiction in comparison. I though I would also have read more Sci-Fi but apparently not. Also that 1% horror I read – I have no idea which book that is… I didn’t think I read horror.

Maybe next year I’ll but all the speculative together including graphic novels. Maybe I should add Graphic Novels to Format instead of genre.

I have started being a bit picky on my ratings. I don’t like 1 or 2 star rating because to me I will DNF them way before I rate them. A 3 star to me means “That was OK. It was fine, but nothing more. Nothing special about that book.” A 4 star book means “Oo I like this. That was so much fun”. While a 5 star read means “Mind blown!! That was amazing!!”.

So you see there are several books that are better than “Oo that was fun” but not yet at the “Mind blown” level. Still 4 stars are the most common ratings which I remember it was last year too. I feel the amount of 3 stars is a bit high and the amount of 5 stars a bit low. I need to do something about that this year. I need to sort out my ratings. Or just read better books…

Looking into the format of my reads there is no surprise at the amount of audiobooks but I’m happy to see a reasonable level of physical books vs e-books (even though all the ARCs are eBooks)

I think I spend a lot of time on the library e-audiobook app this year and generally at the library. But I’m glad to have read several of my own books too even though it doesn’t look like it on my shelf. Maybe this year I can decrease it a bit, at least visually. Here’s hoping for 50/50!

I don’t always read from the same author but looking at my authors lists which includes 100 authors of which 74 are new to me, there is a clear top 5 in my read authors.

Most Read AuthorBooks Read
Cassandra Clare3
V. E. Schwab3
Holly Black3
Peter Newman 2
Marjorie Liu 2

None of the top 5 are new-to-me authors. I did not find a new favourite author this year, what a shame. I also think it’s a shame Cassandra Clare has the top spot when I don’t really like her, but ended up reading a trilogy by her this year… I need to read more V E Schwab this year I think…

Of all the 100 authors I read, here are the general diversity stats:

Author of Colour / White34 / 78
Female Authors / Male Authors / Others77 / 37 / 4
LGBT+ Author / Others ( and unknown)21 / 85
Pen name7

I clearly read more authors who are similar me in appearance, but I also branch out which I’m please about. I think I want to try and read a few more AoC this in 2020 and a few more LGBT+ but also not focus 100% on who the author is instead of what the book is about. I found some of these stats difficult to find. Not all authors are out and proud, and not all pen names are advertised for instance. I’m not sure how to do this next year but I have already decided to log the career level (based on amount of books published – debut (1st book), mid level (2-5), seasoned (6-10), veteran (10+)) of the author to see where I land.

Off all my 105 books this year, 53 of these were series. That’s almost half of all my books this year which I’m not surprises about as Ii do love a series. Of all the books in a series I read the graph below shows the layout of where the book is placed in the series. In total, I read 1 bind-up (otherwise this author would make it to my top 5 authors read) , 5 finales (so I ended 5 series this year, Yay me!), and then I started another 27 series… I have issues…

Lastly, and this is the coolest of all the graphs.


I managed to track all the places I have been to in books and this is the map:

I’ve spent most time in UK and US with the UK being the overall winner with 30 books. And then I’ve scattered around the globe a few times.

A side from this I also went to fantasy land (which made 3rd place with 22 books), Space (4th place with 6 books) and the afterlife (one book).

Definitely doing this again next year!

Anyone else geeking over this cool map?!?

Any shocking numbers?

Anyone else do this? πŸ€“

6 thoughts on “Reading Stats 2019

  1. Wow, this is so detailed!
    When I was looking through my GoodReads Year in Books, I was thinking that I wished it was a little more detailed. Maybe I will try something similar to this in the future. ❀

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    1. Thanks! I got started from a book bloggers template but don’t remember who. I’m sure if you google it you’ll find a template to start with. I found it really useful and I loved it! #nerd πŸ™‚

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  2. I LOVE THESE STATS. Those circle graphs are cool.
    I have the same issue with being able to track certain stats accurately (like if an author is LGBTQ+)…I usually check their twitter and their website bio, if I don’t see them mention it then I just put a ‘no’ because otherwise I feel like I’m being invasive and as you said not everyone is out about that stuff. Great job putting these together!

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    1. Thanks! They are just normal pie charts with small formatting 😁 yeah that’s what I normally do too. β€˜No’ basically means both β€˜no’ and β€˜unknown’. Can’t wait to compare these stats with 2020 stats πŸ€“

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