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2018 was the second year in which I tracked my reading and I love looking back and seeing what I read. In today’s post I’ll share some of my 2018 reading stats with you.
- Total: 113
- New to me authors: 24
- New release challenge: 74
- New Series started: 34
- Series finished: 7
- Standalone Books Read: 10
- Authors by whom I read 5 or more books this year: Teyla Branton (5), Kelly Jensen (5), RA Steffan (5), Chloe Adler (6), Kellie McAllen (7), Lidiya Foxglove (7), and Carol Van Natta (12)
- Point of view: 39 books with 3rd person point of view, 73 books with 1 st person point of view and 1 not applicable
And a nice graph to illustrate the amount of series starters and it shows the amount of each number I read this year. Makes sense to see so many books with lower numbers, but also neat to see how many book 5 in a series I read.
Which genres did I read?
As I read so many different genres I decided to not only track the exact genre, but also some main categories: Contemporary, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery and Suspense were the main categories I picked. I like how this one nicely shows the main genres I read in a year and gives a better overview of the main themes. Most books are fantasy in nature and a nice chunk of sci-fi and mystery books as well. Contemporary, suspense and non-fiction are categories I read, but less often.
And the more messy stats that show the exact genres. The first Paranormal one is actually paranormal suspense, the second one is paranormal cozy mystery and the third one is paranormal romance. The first science fiction is actually science fiction romance.
How did I rate my books?
I always feel like the 4 stars is my most common rating, so that fits what this graph shows. That small slice of 4 are my 5 star reads and the even smaller slice of 2 are my DNF’s.Still quite a few of 3 stars too, but no 2 stars at all this year, which is pretty awesome.
Which age categories I did read?
Almost 75% of the books I read are Adult ones, which is interesting to see as I feel that over the past few years I moved much more with my preference toward Adult books, but I still get some YA and NA read as well. And even one Children’s book this year.
Where did the story take place?
Not surprisingly most of the books i read take place in the US with 56 books that took place there, but that means the other half took place in other places which is great too see. Fantasy world covers all the fantasy world and Space covers all the sci-fi books that take place on either another planet, in space or in a spaceship of some sort. Those 2 Japan books are thanks to SJ Pajonas’ cozies. And nice to see that slew of countries I read one book that took place there.
Point of view
Seem most of the books have a Female main character, which I had expected. And quite a few Dual pov’s due to a lot of romance books that have that. Some of those are MM too, so I have read about more male main character than the slice of 9 wants you to believe, but only 9 with only one male main character. And I thought the book narrated by a male cat didn’t quite fit in the male category so that got it’s own category.
Type of Romance
One of my goals for this year was to read more different types of romances and this chart illustrates nicely how well I did with that, with quite a big chunk of RH (Reverse Harem) and MM romances as well now. That orange slice is the one FF romance I read and those Polyamory books are all by RA Steffan, as the focus isn’t on the female I thought Polyamory fit better, although actually all RH books are also Polyamory.
How Much Romance
I like this one, it fits what I thought that most of the books I read have some sort of romance with only 3 books I read having no romance at all. But I am surprised at those 25 books with only a hint of romance, as that’s almost one fourth of the books I read.
Source of the book
My goal for this year to get closer to the 50/50 in terms of review copies and I am glad to see how well I did. 56.6% of the books I read where review copies, but that’s pretty close to the 50% I was aiming for. That green slice is the audiobook I listened to through a subscription service. Kinda neat to see I read some won books, but realized I didn’t read any free books this year.
Look at that large amount of 2018 new releases I read and even one form 2019. That purple and light blue slice are 2012 and 2011. Which surprises me that I read some older books too as I often seem to stick to the last few years, which I mostly did, but still nice to see those outliers.
Book format and on which device I read
I almost don’t even need a chart for this, but because it’s so extreme it also is very telling. I read only one physical copy this year, which probably show my preference for e-format strongly. And two audiobooks, but I am sure that part will be larger next year now that I discovered audiobooks.
I have two e-readers my ipad and my Kobo on which I read. All the books read on my Kobo or physical books fall under the category evening book as I only read those before going to sleep. My majority of reads are on my ipad, but it’s nice to see I still read 1/4 of my books on my Kobo. And that yellow slice is the two audiobooks I listened to on my computer. Will be interesting to see how that changes next year.
Publishers and self published books
One of my favorite graphs, that shows how much I read self published books. Although I might have accidentally classified some as self published that are actually a small publisher instead, I think I got most of them right. And neat to see Kensington and Riptide as my main two small publishers. And two from Tantor Audio when I got into audiobooks at the end of the year. I hope to see that one be larger next year.
Full length and novella’s
I mostly read full length books this year, with some novella’s in there. I started a few anthologies, but didn’t finish them, so they don’t count here.