Hello, all! For the first time this year, I kept track of my reading statistics. I admittedly did not track these as regularly as I wish I had, but with the help of my memory and Goodreads, I was able to pull together for some statistics for you (and me!) to look at.
This year, I listened to 52 audiobooks, read 19 ebooks, and read 32 physical books.
I got 28 of these books from Hoopla, 43 from my local library, one on the internet (Neil Gaiman had Ananzi Boys up for free listening for a few weeks), 13 were review copies, and 18 were either purchased by me or given to me.
My time has been in higher demand than ever before with two kids of my own and one exchange student, not to mention my full-time job and my freelance writing and editing work. That is definitely reflected in my book format. I listened to a lot of audiobooks while at work and in the car, and the ebooks were mostly read on my phone while putting the little one to bed. I’m actually surprised that my number of physical books was as high as it is. I’m sure a lot of that is due to my book club and the books that were given to me.
6 of the books I read were written by American Indian authors, 8 were written by Asian authors, 3 were written by black authors, one was written by a Pacific Islander, and 85 were written by white authors.
34 of the books I read were written by male authors, 69 were written by female authors, and none of the books I read were written by non-binary authors.
72 of the books I read were written by established authors, and 30 were debut books, and one was a compilation (not shown on the chart).
I really thought I had done better with my diverse reading, to be honest. I make an effort to read books by authors of all backgrounds, and I try to promote them as well, given America’s current climate. I am happy to see, though, that I read so many female authors this year. I’m not sure whether this is a common trend for me, or if it is unique to this year, but I’m looking forward to seeing how this trends.
28 of the books I read were released in 2018, 19 were released in 2016 and 2017, 23 were released from 2008-2015, 17 were released in my first 17 years of life, and 19 were released before I was born.
9 of the books I read had main characters that were American Indian, 7 had main characters that were Asian, 6 had main characters that were black, 76 had main characters that were white, and 7 had main characters that couldn’t be classified, whether that was because there were many characters of different racial backgrounds, the main character was racially ambiguous, or the characters were not human.
63 of the books I read were written for an adult audience, 25 were written for a young adult audience, and 15 were written for children.
The books I read fell into the following genres:
- Children’s fiction: 5
- Drama: 21
- Fantasy: 27
- Historical: 7
- Horror: 6
- Memoir: 6
- Mystery: 3
- Other non-fiction: 3
- Poetry: 1
- Romance: 9
- Sci-fi: 14
- Thriller: 1
The books I read had the following settings:
- United States: 53
- Canada: 5
- Central America: 1
- South America: 1
- British Isles: 13
- Mainland Europe: 6
- Mediterranean: 1
- West Africa: 2
- Middle East: 1
- West Asia: 1
- East Asia: 2
- Pacific: 1
- Fictional Europe: 11
- Fictional America: 1
- Space: 2
- General: 1
I thought the publication date was pretty interesting here – I read a lot of books off of Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, and I’m sure that contributed to my reading of some older books. I generally try to read newer books to keep up with the publication industry. Some of my book club’s picks were older as well. The high percentage of books in 2018 definitely show how I try to read new releases, and of course most of my review copies are new releases.
I have a similar comment on the main character’s race – I try to read diversely, and I definitely feel like I could have done a better job here.
Of course most of the books I read are designed for an adult audience, but I also tracked the books I read to my 6 year old, so that definitely contributed to my reading of children’s fiction. Overall, I feel like I did a good job of spreading my reading out. I read a lot more nonfiction than I ever have before willingly, and found that I actually do like memoirs. Of course I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, as usual, but my romance was shockingly high for me, and my drama was high too. I’ll be interested in seeing how this changes when I start tracking this yearly.
Goals for 2019
Despite the effort this took, I am definitely glad I tracked my reading this year, and I probably will do this every year moving forward. This really gave me a good chance to look honestly at my reading habits. I wanted to set three goals for my reading in 2019, and this made those goals pretty easy to set:
- Read more by authors of color
- Read more non-fiction
- Read more physical books
I am starting a new job mid-January that will require a much longer commute, so I’ll be interested to see how that affects my reading habits, but regardless, these are some goals that I would really find worthwhile to pursue.
I would love to hear from you all in the comments:
Do you track your reading?
If you do, what did you find that surprised you?
If not, where do you think you fall in any of these categories?
What reading goals are you setting for yourself this year?