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, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 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 2022, shall we?
First of all some quick facts. In the first four months of 2022 I read 72 books with a total page count of 25.341 pages; an average of about 352 pages per book. This is less books than in previous years, but still not bad at all. The average rating is 3,44 stars, which is lower than in previous years. Only 12 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 27 books received a rating 3 stars or below… Which means I enjoyed reading about 62.5% of the books so far; again lower than in previous years. I really hope this will improve during the remaining 8 months of 2022! Another fun fact: 24 of the 72 books I’ve read so far were actually ARCs; about 33,3% of the total. This means I actually kept my promise to keep the ARC ratio below 40% this year, which is probably a first haha.
And now some graphics and pie charts for those who like them as much as I do. 😉
Last year I decided to start looking at how many books I manage to read each month instead of just naming the total amount of books read… I seem to be reading less books than usual each month so far in 2022, although I know I shouldn’t complain as they are still great numbers.
This graphic above explains exactly why my average rating ended up being lower than usual… About 52% of the books I read had a 4 star rating or above, while about 18% received a 2,5 star rating or below; definitely not as good as last year.
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 it seems like it’s getting worse and worse each year. I might just have outgrown the YA genre?
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 maintain the male author percentage the same compared to last year, so I’m not complaining.
I’ve been reading more backlist titles and known authors this year as well as catching up with a couple of series, and it shows… I hope to balance things out a little more in the rest of 2022.
I’m happy to see that I’m still reading translations! I read 7 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 it IS a surprise that I’ve read a lot more UK than US authors as they are usually more balanced. I’m happy to see quite a few other countries on here as well though. It’s a total of 11 different countries; still ways to go if I want to break my previous record, but not bad at all.
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 2022.
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 2022. A total of 20 different countries; not bad at all for just 4 months! In case you noticed: I’ve decided to split the US in states to see how many I can get by the end of 2022.
(I’m using this page to create the maps.)
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). What IS more of a surprise is that a quarter of my books were romance reads; a genre I didn’t read exactly much in the past, but I’ve started to enjoy it more and more in recent years.
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 kind of sad as the ratings are considerably lower than usual for most genres. Only the fantasy genre had a decent average rating with 3,8 stars, and I’m surprised that the mystery/thriller/horror genre has such a low rating as it’s usually one of my highest. I guess the 3 DNF and more than usual lower ratings for multiple genres really did make a big impact.
I’ve been able to balance out my stand-alones and series better than expected considering I’ve been catching up with some series… But then again, I do love my stand-alones as well.
I joined the Beat The Backlist challenge again to help me read older titles, and I’m happy to see that 40% of the books I picked up were published in 2019 or before… And a total of 65% of the books were published before 2022. 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 26% of my books had over 400 pages; a little lower than last year, but I still like those numbers.
I also decided to start looking at the page count I managed to get each month instead of just writing down how many pages each book had… And while the numbers are again lower than usual for especially February and April, as long as they are going to stay at least close to the 6.000 mark I’m not complaining.
I’m finishing this post with one last graphic! My list of most reads authors during the first months of 2022… Five authors with a total of three books and three with two books each so far! I’m having a feeling Karin Slaugher will win this competition by the end of 2022 though if I’m going to stick to my promise to catch up with her Will Trent books. 😉
Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this post… Happy reading everyone!