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 20162017, 2018, 2019and 2020 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 the first four months of 2021, shall we?

First of all some quick facts. In the first four months of 2021 I read no less than 88 books with a total page count of 30.481 pages; an average of about 346 pages per book. This is definitely way better than expected! The average rating is 3,77 stars, and I’m definitely happy with that. No less than 23 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 20 books received a rating 3 stars or below… Which means I enjoyed reading about 77,3% of the books so far, which is higher than in 2020. Not that bad at all! Another fun fact: 39 of the 88 books I’ve read so far were actually ARCs; about 44,3% of the total. This means I’m close to keeping my promise to get the ARC ratio below 40%, although I do hope to actually reach this goal in the rest of 2021.

And now some graphics and pie charts for those who like them as much as I do. 😉

Last The Numbers post I decided to look at how many books I manage to read each month instead of just naming the total amount of books read… And it seems like I’ve been reading a lot each month so far! March was slightly lower than usual, but easily explained as we went on a trip during the last week and I read exactly 0 pages while we were away. xD

This graphic above explains exactly why my average rating ended up being quite high… About 66% of the books I read had a 4 star rating or above! Only about 8% received a 2,5 star rating or below, and overall I’m definitely happy with these numbers as they are considerably better than in 2020.

Oh boy, I’ve been seriously slacking with my YA and MG reads! I already knew I was reading even more Adult titles than usual, but I should really try to find more balance in the rest of 2021.

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 managed to increase the male author percentage 1% compared to last year, but a minor victory is still a victory. 😉

I’ve been reading more backlist titles and known authors this year, so I’m happy to see that the percentages for both are still quite balanced out.

I’m happy to see that I’m still reading translations! Slightly less than 2020 so far, but I still have lots of time to make up for that… I read 8 translations so far, and one more in a different language too (not shown as this graphic only shows translations).

I thought it was interesting to keep track of the author nationalities… The majority 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. It’s a total of 14 different countries; only ten less than my record last year!

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 so far in 2021.

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 so far during 2021. A total of 23 different countries; not bad at all for just 4 months! (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 feel 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, is represented though; I really have to step up my game in the rest of 2021!

I decided to start keeping track of the POV in each story in 2020, and it’s been fun to see that a surprising amount of stories end up having more than one POV where both genders are represented.

This average rating graphic actually makes me quite happy as the numbers in general are a lot better than last year! No less than four genres with an (almost) 4 star rating, which is something I’ve never had before. Especially the fantasy genre is quite low though, so I do hope to improve that in the next months.

I’ve been able to balance out my stand-alones and series even better than the previous year… I do love my stand-alones too, as this pie chart shows.

I joined the Beat The Backlist challenge again to help me read older titles, and I’m happy to see that 35% of the books I picked up were published in 2018 or before… And a total of 66% of the books were published before 2021. Not bad at all considering I’ve been reading lots of ARCs recently!

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… A total of 30% of my books had over 400 pages; which is higher than in previous years and I’m definitely happy with that.

I also decided to look at the page count I managed to get each month instead of just writing down how many pages each book had… And I’m surprised I was able to read a huge amount in especially the first month!

I’m finishing this post with one last graphic! My list of most reads authors during the first months of 2021… Three authors with a total of three books and five with two books each so far! I’m having a feeling Karin Slaugher will win this competition by the end of 2021 though if I’m going to stick to my promise to catch up with her Grant County/Will Trent books. 😉

Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this post… Happy reading everyone!

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