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For the duration of 2017 I kept a spreadsheet with all the books I read and recorded multiple different statistics for those books. In today’s posts I wanted to share some of those statistics with you. Most of these didn’t really surprise me, but there are a few times when the graphs did give me more insight in my reading habits, which I think it pretty neat.
- Total: 116
- New to me authors: 31
- New release challenge: 77
- New Series started: 36
- Series finished: 6
- Standalone Books Read: 9
- Authors by whom I read 5 or more books this year: Joanne Rock (7), Siobhan Davis (6), Kelly St Clare (6), HY Hanna (6), Jordan Ford (5), Erin Hayes (5) and Athena Grayson (5)
- Point of view: 52 books with 3th point of view, 60 books with 1 st person point of view and 2 anthologies and 2 books that combined 1st and 3rd person point of views.
How many books did I read
- Total: 116
- January: 13
- February: 9
- March: 11
- April: 8
- May: 9
- June: 8
- July: 12
- August: 12
- September: 7
- October: 7
- November: 9
- December: 11
I seem to read pretty much around the same amount of books each month, no big fluctuations, although you do see some months I read decidedly more and two months with only 7 books read. I am pretty sure I read a large anthology book in September, which accounts for part of that.
What was my favorite read each month?
- January: Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus Revelations by Lydia Sherrer
- February: The Daydreamer Detective Opens A Tea Shop by SJ Pajonas
- March: Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis
- April: Scandal by Athena Grayson
- May: Witch Summer Night’s Cream by HY Hanna
- June: Fantasy of Flight by Kelly ST Clare and Crash Land on Kurai by SJ Pajonas
- July: Loving Kalvin by Siobhan Davis
- August: Dances Under the Harvest Moon by Joanne Rock
- September: The Release by Athena Grayson
- October: Fantasy of Freedom by Kelly St Clare
- November: Chaos in Kadoma Ward by SJ Pajonas
- December: Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday
I did a stat recap post almost each month in my Sunday post and thought it was fun to list here which book I listed as my favorite for each month. If you want to know what my favorite books of 2017 were, you can read that post.
Which genres did I read?
This one had so many variables that I want with a different type of graph instead. I did cut off part of the genres, that largest contemporary slice should be contemporary romance. I have to admit I am surprised that’s my most read genre, although that’s partly because of how specific I was with most genres, I am changing that next year. And that I read a bunch of shorter contemporary romances that take shorter to get through. I also noticed that I have a tendency to request a lot of contemporary romance books and don’t get around to reading them all, so that’s a genre I have to be careful with next year. As I do seem to read a lot of contemporary romance book and still mostly have contemporary romances and cozies review copies from last year unread. It fits what I thought to see Cozy Mysteries, Urban fantasy, Science fiction and paranormal romance as some of my most read genres
How did I rate my books?
It’s nice to see these stats in a graph, although it did fit what I think it would show. Most of my reads I give 4 stars, after that the 3 star is most common and only a few 5 star and DNF’s. It’s nice I didn’t have a 2 star read this year and only 3 DNFR’s and 6 books I gave a 5 star is high for me.
Which age categories I did read?
I noticed that in my reading tastes I am shifting more and more toward adult books, so the graph reflects this nicely. But still almost 25% of all my books is Young Adult. I think I only read one Middle Grade (The Summer of Bad Ideas) and one kids/ picture book (Crazy Crab) this year, those are those tiny slices. And not too many New Adult books either.
Where did the story take place?
I think this is one of my favorite charts. Look at all those different locations I read about. I have to admit I am surprised the US slice isn’t bigger, but even now almost half of the books I read that place in the US. I still feel like a lot of the books I read take place there, so that fits. Nice to see I got so many books read in the UK (I can thank HY Hanna’s cozy series for almost half of that amount), Space, other planets and Fantasy worlds. The slices are so small it didn’t even list all of the countries.
Point of view
I actually changed how I measured this halfway through the year, Female means only pov of a female, male is only male pov, dual pov is usually in the case of a romance book both male and female pov and then multiple point of view are all the books with more than that. I seem to read a lot more books with female main character, a bunch of dual pov ones thanks to all the romances I read and only very few male point of views and multiple point of views.
I was tracking the romance tropes, but that didn’t work out, so at the end of the year I switched to this method. Counting whether the romance was the main focus, side plot, hint only or no romance. This one doesn’t surprise me too much, most of the books I read have a romance, although I still mostly read books with romance as a side plot and after that a bunch of books with romance as the main focus. The stat from this graph that most surprises me is the 9 books with no romance.
Source of the book
Seems like I’ve been doing better with balancing review books and non-review books than I thought. The review copies only end up accounting for 57,8% of all the books. I wouldn’t mind getting that down a few percentages, but I didn’t realize I did so well with this, probably because some months I don’t and other months I do better. I actually got to 34 books that I bought this year and 13 books I got for free, that latter one does surprise me. You know how sometimes online you hear authors wonder whether readers those free books, well it turns out I do read some of those freebies, although I get way more than I actually read. I think that’s only 1 beta read and one won book read this year. i scaled back from beta reading so that makes sense and I mostly won gift cards this year not books.
I was excited to see how this graph turned out, not too many surprises there either. Although I am surprised I only read 2 books of 2018, I didn’t get started early with the 2018 books this year. But that’s mostly because most indie authors don’t give out ARC’s that early in advance. So 71,6% of all my books were published in 2017 and then a few older reads with 2016 books taking up the biggest slice after 2017. I mostly stick to recently published books.
Book format and on which device I read
Up until this year I read way more physical format and I notice here as well that I am shifting more and more toward e-copies. I read only 3 paperback copies (Missing, Starflight and Dances Under the Harvest Moon) and that tiny orange slice is the one hardcopy book (Rituals) I read this year. Kelley Armstrong’s books are some of the few I still get in physical format, some books with pretty covers, cozy mysteries or when the physical copy is a lot cheaper. That trend you can clearly see here.
This is a chart that also took me by surprise a bit. I always read a book on both my ipad and one in the evenings before I go to bed. I feel like I go so slowly to my evenings books at time, but it’s nice that at the end of the year that still adds up to almost 25% of the books I read. Those small slices are for a picture book i read on my computer and one book I read both as evening book and on my ipad so I could finish it in time for release date.
Publishers and self published books
I have to admit this chart just makes me happy. Look at all those self published books I read this year. I knew I read a lot of self published books, but isn’t it nice to see it a graph like this. This graph shows the amount of books I read by each publisher. So that’s 87 self published books I read this year. Not to see surprised to see HaprCollins and Kensington as the two publishers I read most of. I frequently request cozy mysteries from Kensington on Netgalley and a lot of those HarperCollins book are harlequin romances from two of my favorite contemporary romance authors Joanne and Karen Rock. Most of the other publishers only have 1 or 2 books I read by them.
Full length and novella’s
No big surprises here. I know I mostly read full length novels, although I am a bit surprised I still read 18 novella’s/ short stories as well.