Call me a nerd, but I do love my graphics posts! I first started properly keeping track of my reads in Excel back in 2016, making it possible to finally put together some graphics. I’ve done a bunch of ‘The Numbers’ posts over time, including my 2016, 2017 and 2018 posts, and it has been revealing interesting things about my reading habits. So why stop? 😉 Let’s talk nerdy and see what my numbers were like for 2019, shall we?
First of all some quick facts. In 2019 I read no less than 264! books with a total page count of 88.638 pages; an average of about 336 pages per book. This is way more than I expected and also 19 books and 11.423 pages more than in 2018… More than I have ever read in one year. The average rating is 3,72 stars, which is higher than in 2018 and I’m definitely happy about that. No less than 82 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 69 books received a rating 3 stars or below… Which means I enjoyed reading about 73,9% of the books during the year, again higher than in 2018. Not that bad at all! Another fun fact: 108 of the 264 books I’ve read so far were actually ARCs; about 40,9% of the total. This means I almost kept my promise to get the ARC ratio below 40%, so I’m quite happy with that.
And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do. 😉
This graphic above explains exactly why my average rating ended up being quite high… About 62% of the books I read had a 4 star rating or above! About 12% received a 2,5 star rating or below, but overall I’m definitely happy with these numbers as they are considerably better than in 2018.
One of the things I’ve been trying to do is read more books by male authors, because somehow I always seem to be reading more books my female authors (even though I never base my choice of books on the gender of the author). I ended up getting the exact same graphic as last year, but at least I was able to maintain those numbers I guess.
I definitely read more know authors in the last four months of 2019 and managed to balance it out to exactly 50/50! Talk about a coincidence haha.
These numbers are not a surprise as I normally prefer reading the original story, but with a lot of languages I don’t exactly have a choice. 😉 It’s interesting to see that 8% or 21 books were actually translations last year! Gotta love Nordic Noir. ❤
I thought it was interesting to keep track of the author nationalities… The mayority of my reads were between UK and US authors (no surprise here), but I’m happy to see quite a few other countries on here as well.
This is what the previous graphic looks like on a map! The countries in orange represent the nationalities of the authors I was able to read in 2019.
And here is another map, this time around of the different settings I managed to travel to with the help of the books I read during the first eight months of 2019. In case you are wondering how I’m able to create the maps; I’m using this page.
The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. As always mystery/thriller/horror is the biggest group (there’s truly no surprise there for those who follow my blog!). I’m surprised how poorly one of my other favorite genres, historical fiction, was represented last year, and I really have to remedy that in 2020.
A new graphic! I decided to start keeping track of the POV in each story… And a surprising amount of stories ended up having more than one POV where both genders are represented.
This average rating graphic is quite a shock… Although I’m aware a lot of genres have received lower ratings. It seems I have been lucky with my historical fiction reads and I was able to maintain a comfortable 3,79 rating. Mystery/thriller/crime comes in first again, and has a 3,95 rating. Science fiction/dystopia and non fiction/memoir are again really low with a 2,95 rating and 2,94 rating respectively. I’m actually quite shocked by the lowish ratings of the genres in general, but I guess it’s due to seven DNF (0 rating) and other low reads I sadly had in in 2019.
It turns out I’ve been reading even more stand-alones than last year! I’m not that surprised though… As much as I love reading series, I tend to neglect them with the result of a huge pile of unfinished series collecting dust. And there is no such problem with stand-alones! 😉 I need to keep working on finishing a bunch of those poor unfinished series though.
Finally an improvement! I joined the Beat The Backlist challenge again to help me read older titles, and it seems to work… 32% of the books I picked up were published in 2016 or before, and a total of 57% of the books were published before 2019! Slightly wrose than in the first eight months of 2019 because I had a lot of pending ARCs in the last months, but overall it’s still better than during 2018.
Last graphic: as always most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be a pretty good number and a sign of a story that’s not too short and not too long. There are exceptions of course; some stories are just too complex to be told in under 400 pages… I’m happy to have read more longer books compared to 2018! A total of 19% of my books had over 400 pages.
Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this post… Happy reading everyone!