Every year, I obsessively track my reading statistics. Then, at the end of the year, I use the few math skills I possess to turn the stats into graphs. Here’s what I read in 2016 (in graph form).
Number of books read: 106 + 2 DNFs
Number of pages read: 33,326 pages
Number of rereads: 2 books
Approximate pages read per day: 91 pages
Approximate books read per month: 9 books
Oldest book: first published in 1819
Youngest book: first published in 2016
|"Other" = plays and poetry collections|
Book Type analysis: This isn’t surprising. Novels are my favorite genre, so I read a lot of them. I also like short story collections. In 2017, I’m going to focus on reading more nonfiction.
|"Children" includes YA|
Target Audience analysis: None of these stats include picture books. I don’t track the picture books I read because it feels like cheating. In 2016, I was aiming for 50% adult books and 50% YA/MG/Children’s books. I pretty much succeeded.
|"Multiple" = books with 2 or more authors|
Author Gender analysis: I don’t take author gender into consideration when I decide which books to read. Everything on this graph is random or coincidence. I don’t care about the gender of the people who write my books.
Author Birth Country
|"Multiple" = books by 2 or more authors from different countries|
"Other" = Vietnam, Germany, Russia, Canada, Ireland, France
Author Birth Country analysis: I guess this is scientific evidence that I need to read more authors from non-English-speaking places.
My Star Ratings
Star Ratings analysis: On Goodreads, I give 3 stars to any book that I think is “average.” Almost half of the books I read last year were “above average” (4 or 5 stars). That’s good. It means I’m mostly enjoying what I’m reading.
Presence of Diversity
Presence of Diversity analysis: This is the first year I tracked diversity using “strong” representation and “weak/no” representation categories. (Note: “strong” doesn’t necessarily mean accurate.) I don’t think I’ll ever get to 100% “strong” diverse representation because the synopsis is still king with me. If a book sounds interesting, I’ll read it, no matter who the main character is.
How did your 2016 reading go? Did you meet your goals?