My Reading Stats for 2018 – A Bookish Overview

Hello all! I did this last year and I had a lot of fun with it, so I figured, why not make it an annual tradition?

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Also since I did it last year I figured I could draw plenty of comparisons!

number of books 2018 stats

average rating 2018 stats

genre breakdown stats 2018

age breakdown stats 2018

ratings 2018 stats

What I find interesting looking at these stats is how some of my reading has changed in just a year. One of the best things is that while my number of books read has gone down (from 220), my average rating has gone up (from 3.5). I’m really excited to see this and my best guess for this improvement would be the way I choose books- aka I think I know my tastes better and reading so many reviews means I can vet books a lot better nowadays- so I owe the blogging community a vote of thanks for this one!

And cos I’m dorky and like statistics, I had a good time comparing 2018 to 2017 (link). For instance, the amount of YA I read was wayyy up- from 39% to 47%. Makes sense- I needed more time to relax. My reading of classics and literary fiction has remained largely static in terms of statistics- around 13%- although given how many books I read last year, this works out as significantly less. Fantasy reading is down from 43% to 34%, while contemporaries are up from 16% to 23%- not only is it interesting to note that I spent more time in the real world, but I can speculate that this more varied approach stopped some genre fatigue. Interesting stuff!

shortest book

callum

It’s sad that even though it was super short, it was still a complete waste of time.

longest book

gone with the wind 2

It’s taken me years to finally brave this one- I count this as a total victory!

worst book

foxhole court

Normally I’m reluctant to use the term… buuut in this case I’ll make an exception.

favourite book

the master and margarita

Well, it is a little slice of genius

no. dnfs

Just the one:

mysteries of udolpho

no. rereads

Ten! I did *a lot* of rereading this year and it was a great change! I used to reread way more when I was younger and it felt great to reconnect with that habit. I reckon it also had something to do with the fact that I got more enjoyment out of my books this year (just look at those ratings!)

HP x7 and Secret countess, wee free men, shiver (don’t remember reading it the first time)

most popular

Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher's_Stone_Book_Cover

Okay, duh.

least popular

rulers and mages

Well then, this means you guys had better get on and read it 😉

highest rated

kingdom of ash book cover

It currently 4.65- possibly cos it’s a new release and only the most enthusiastic readers will have read it at this stage (in fact, when I started making this post it was 4.67, so there you go, it’s already going down).

lowest rating

art of hygge

At 3.26- makes sense- it’s a complete waste of time.

And that’s a wrap! Do you keep track of your stats? How have your ratings been this year? Let me know in the comments!

My Reading Stats for 2017 – A Bookish Overview

It’s finally here- my overview for the year. I made a post like this for a joke (the Mid-Year Reading Report), but you guys seemed to enjoy it and I had fun making it, so I thought I’d do another stats post, for reelz this time.

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As I’ve teased a few times I’ve read a lot of books this year, had a lot of opinions and now all will be revealed. Let’s break this down!!

number of books 2017

average rating 2017

by rating

By genre

genre breakdown

shortest book

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A lot of fun in a short space!

longest book

Gulag Archipelago, 3 volumes

I’m kinda counting the Gulag Archipelago as one book, because technically it is (even though it’s in three volumes). Either way, I’m admittedly proud of finishing this, because even though it was heavy going, it was a personal project for me this year to educate myself a bit more about the evils of communism. After 2000 odd pages of this traumatic reading material, I can safely say being shackled to the state is a bitch. Which leads me onto…

worst book

communist manifesto

As I teased in my “Most Disappointing Books of the Year” I did have a worst book of the year- and I don’t feel an ounce of remorse for labelling it as such. Not when we look beyond the famous rhetoric and see that this ideology killed hundreds of millions of people globally. What’s really shocking is that it’s easy to see why when reading this (especially if you read it alongside the Gulag or 1984). This book advocates for stifling freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of movement, freedom to have your own family *and* implementation by force. It’s the stuff of nightmares.

favourite book

bear and the nightingale

Onto happier subjects (although there is a distinctly Russian theme to this post), you guys know by now that I thought this book was MAGICAL. If ever you need to escape from reality for a bit, this is your ticket into a world of fairy tales. Stunningly beautiful and truly evocative of a Russian winter, I can’t recommend this book enough!

no. dnfs

I’m actually lousy at DNFing, so even though there were definitely more books I should have given up on, I’m still proud of myself for giving up on these two:

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no. rereads

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Also Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I totally forgot about.

most popular

1984 book

least popular

all that still matters at all

(GAHHH SO UNDERRATED!!)

highest rated

court of mists and fury
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.74

And that’s a wrap! What was your biggest read this year? Let me know in the comments!

Mid-Year Reading Report

Welcome, welcome, I’m sure you’re all as fed up with politics as I am, soooo I decided to politicise my blog today and give you my reading “coverage” for this first half of the year.

Since January, I’ve read a lot of books and I was looking forward to a landslide victory with regards to my tbr, but recently my campaign went a little sour and I’ve been hit by a terribly unsupportive slump… Hopefully I’ll be able to make up the votes (*ahem* books) in the latter part of the year, but we’ll see.

Now time for some helpful graphics so you know what I’m talking about 😉 :

bbc books read so far this year

So far so good- on the surface this looks pretty promising- let’s just not dig too deep or we might unearth some scandalous periods when I read absolutely nothing….

ratings

I’m not overly generous with ratings, so I’m pretty damn pleased this shows that I mostly picked up books I actually liked. One would hope I would continue this trend- but one can’t always trust the polls now, can we?

by genre

Annnnd I’ve clearly gone overboard with the fantasy- let’s see if I can have some more “balanced” coverage in the next part of the year… even if I am typically biased when it comes to my reading habits 😉 Never mind, I can always pretend otherwise!

So that’s it for now! Yes, I am being shifty about things like number of books reviewed, or books per month… but one can’t expect me to be entirely transparent! And please don’t ask me for facts & figures in the comments- there’s no way *anyone* can be expected to know those pesky little details!