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Reading Stats 2020

2020 was the second year I used a spreadsheet to track my reading. I loved doing this in 2019 and see it all accumulated in one place with all the information on it. It’s so nerdy I love it 🙂

Anyway it did provide me information all ready to go and be displayed. If you want to see the stats from 2019 in full here is a link to that.

So without further ado, here are my stats for all the books I read in 2020.

Let’s start with amount of books and stuff

In total for 2020, I read 103 books. In 2019 I read 105 books. My GoodReads Challenge was 100 books which I nailed. Of these 46 books were read during a readathons which means I would have only read 57 books if I hadn’t participated in readathons… In 2019 that value was 67 books outside readathons. I’m clearly relying more on readathons to bump up my reading volume.

The below graph showing both the amount of books per month (pillars) and the amount of pages per month (line).

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. I had the exact same value in 2019; 0 pages but 4 audiobooks. Both are due to NaNoWriMo. 2019 was erratic with random spikes and dips while 2020 was more even. Yes I had a reading slump in July.

I read a wide range of book sizes this year with 103 books, and my average page number for the books was 372 pages which is an increase from 2019 with 361 pages.

Average Page Count372
Books over 500 pages9
Books over average35
Books below average25
Books below 100 pages3

The closest book to the average was They Both Die In The End by Adam Silvera. The smallest book I read was Lumber Janes by Noelle Stevens and Grace Elise, a graphic novel with 27 pages. The biggest book I read was House of Earth and Fire by Sarah J Maas with 804 pages. The Count of Monte Christo doesn’t count here as I read it on audiobook and not physically.

Reading speed was interesting thing to track last year. I do it in two different ways. Firstly I track the start and end dates which gives me the amount of days I spend on a book. Secondly I track the total pages number divided by days read to get the average pages per day for that book. The quicker I read it the more all-consuming the book is or its just supershort.

I read LumberJanes in one day, but I also read another 12 books in one day too.

The fastest book I read was Fun Home; A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel which was all 232 pages in one day (its a graphic novel), while the slowest read was the The Count of Monte Christo b Alexandre Dumas on audiobook which took 136 days to finish.

This graph below shows the amount of days per book. I grouped the speeds in chunks of 5 days. Its obvious that I usually managed to read a book within the first 10 days but sometimes I take longer. The last category 131-136 days only has The Count of Monte Christo in it and there is a big jump from the previous category of 61-65 days.

Looking at amount of pages per day, it looks like 11-21 pages per day were the most common. Last year it was 41-61 pages per day. Have I slowed down? The top category here is 231-241 pages per day which is Fun Home mentioned above.

Going deeper into the type of books I read let’s first look at the format I read in 2020. 43 % audiobook is in the lead, in comparison to 38% from 2019. Also I only read 14 % ARCs in 2020 which is a decrease from 24% from 2019. Both e-book and books are on similar levels from 2019, with the closed library I’m actually surprised at this. Maybe I read more from my own shelf.

Let’s look at that source. Yup my library books were down from 46% in 2019 to 3% in 2020. However, I separated the physical loans from the e-library apps this year. With the 32% e-library loans I have a total of 34% library books both e-books and e-audiobooks in 2020.

My own books have increased massively from 24% to 33% which was a goal of mine in 2020. Same with Audible books from 6% to 11%. Again my ARCs have gone down from 24% in 2019 to 13% in 2020. I think the ARC trend is reflective of publishers delaying their books in 2020 and limiting the ARCs available.

Looking at the demographic of the books I read I mainly read adult books this year but with a good chunk of YA. Same as last year. I’m surprised I didn’t read more MG but it’s the same as last year so hey.

Looking at genres there is no surprise I read mostly Speculative fiction with 65%. In 2019, surprised myself at the amount of non-fiction I read but in 2020 its the same volume so maybe its just my average. Anyway, in 2019 I didn’t separate out the Speculative fiction sub-genres but I did do it in 2020 and it so much more presentable. Definitely continuing with this.

I have become even pickier 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.” or its a slightly disappointing book. A 4 star book means “Oo I like this. That was fun”. While a 5 star read means “Mind blown!! That was amazing!!”. So obviously there is ratings in between that. Sometimes I just can’t make up my mind.

In 2019 I had 5% DNF while in 2020 it was only 2%. The classic 4 stars is in the lead again this year as always. The main changed from 2019 is the amount of books in the 3-star range and in the 5 star range. I read less 4+ rating in 2020 than in 2019 while my stats for -4 ratings has increased. Maybe this reflects the year it has been or maybe I just didn’t pick up enough good books. I wonder what 2021 will bring.

I also tracked some other smaller stats like Amount of translated books I read (5% yes), in which language I read my books in (98% English), and if I purchased the book I read in the same year which also included gifts (9% yes).

Off all my 103 books this year, 53 of these were series. This is exactly the same number as last year… that is scary.

Though I do love a series.

Of all the books in a series I mostly started new series … lol! 56% of all my books read in a series, it was a new series I started. In 2019 this number was 51% so I have increased it. Should I blame the ARCs? In my defence I ended more series in 2020 than 2019, from 9% to 13%. So maybe I’m even.

I did something new this year which was to track the type of main character I read. Last year I tracked the type of author I read from but I wanted to see how that compared with the Main Characters.

I also keep track of authors with pen names and if the book is co-authored. I read 7 co-authored books in 2019 while in 2020 it was 6.

ParameterMain CharacterAuthor
*BAME / Caucasian 33 / 6226 / 76
Female / Male / Others / Ensemble38 / 19 / 0 / 3468 / 32 / 0 / 3
LGBT+ / Others ( and unknown)24 / 7112 / 85
Pen name5
Co-authored6
*BAME stands for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority

I read mostly from female authors but I was surprised at the amount of female MC in the books. I read from mostly an ensemble of cast which I like to read but I never seen it in stats format before and it surprised me. It was good to see less white but more BAME characters even with ensemble cast. The same with LGBT+ authors vs cast. Clearly diversity is increasing in the books I pick up.

Also as an interesting fact, I tracked the approximate age of the Main Character. Obviously they are in their late teens young adult age as that is a majority of what I read.

I don’t always read from the same author but looking at my authors lists rom both 2019 and 2020 some people are repeated and clearly favourites 🙂 V. E. Schwab pop up on both years. Cassandra Clare is my most read in 2019 but not read at all in 2020. Jay Kristoff is my most read author in 2020 and I have a feeling he might be next years top author too (I’ve got my eyes on Nevernight trilogy).

Most Read Author 2019 Books Read
Cassandra Clare3
V. E. Schwab3
Holly Black3
Peter Newman 2
Marjorie Liu 2
Most Read Author 2020Books Read
Jay Kristoff3
V. E. Schwab2
Adib Khorram3
Amie Kaufman2
Beth O’Leary2
Erin Morgenstern2
Nnedi Okorafor2
Kristan Higgins2
Brandon Mull2

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

#nerdalert!

I managed to track all the places I have been to in books and put it on a map. EEEK! its so cool! Anyway. As last year the top stop is a on going battle between the US and the UK. Last year, the UK won with 30 books while the US had 29. This year the Us won with 33 books while the UK had 25. I need to do better this year.

Though I did generally do better in 2020 by visiting 27 different places including 16 trips to fantasy land and 5 trips into space… lol!

In 2019 I only visited Nigeria in Africa but in 2020 I also visited Egypt and Morocco. Also visited Antarctica twice in 2020! Though I didn’t go to New Zealand or Canada.

Maybe I’ll top this in 2021?

Definitely doing this again next year!

Anyone else geeking over this cool map?!?


Any shocking numbers?

Anyone else do this? 🤓

4 thoughts on “Reading Stats 2020

    1. Yeah I didn’t realise myself how many audiobooks I got through. It doubled in 2020 compared to normal. Though it help that my library has an e-audiobook service which has a great selection 🙂 haha! yeah I want to know how slow or quick I read. It’s all just for fun 🙂

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