hi everyone!! i know this is very overdue, but i still wanted to do a post about my 2019 reading stats because i LOVE stats. i obsessively track all my reading stats so i thought it would be cool to look at them more closely in this post. hope u enjoy and here’s to more reading stats in 2020!! c:
***(all these stats come from the amazing spreadsheets that Brock from Let’s Read makes every year)**
so i made this lil graphic so you could see my reading year in a snapshot. i tried to include some of the most important stats in there. as you can see, i read 120 books, which is the highest number books ive read in a while, and it’s been so great reading more this year and seeing my reading tastes change. once i figured out that a certain genre of book wasn’t working for me this year, my ratings vastly changed and i started finding favourite books much more easily. c:
i read 45 audiobooks — audiobooks have helped me SO much last year, especially since i have to commute to work, so i get about 90 minutes of reading done every day, no matter what. ive read some amazing audiobooks last year, so im definitely going to try to keep that going this year.
2019 is also the year i just started DNFing books with wild abandon. i can tell pretty quickly now if im not going to like a book, so ive learned to just trust my instincts instead of wasting my time reading something that i know im not going to enjoy. its made reading so much more stress-free for me and im definitely planning to DNF plenty of stuff this year too.
Here are some more specific and interesting reading stats!!
as you can see, most of my ratings fall within the 3-3.5 star range, which doesnt surprise me. generally speaking if i rate a book 4 stars or more, i add it to my favourites shelf. so for a book to get a 4 star rating or higher, it needs to be really good. which means that sometimes even though ive enjoyed a book, it doesnt get more than 3.5 stars because it felt like it didnt quite get there in terms of how good i wanted it to be or how much i enjoyed it.
i cant say that i actively tried to read books from diverse countries last year, which is definitely something i should work on this year. not surprisingly, most of the books (55%) i read were set in the US, followed by England (21%) and then a variety of other countries, including Ireland at 9%. ive been going through a bit of a phase with irish fiction, which ive discovered that i aboslutely love, so i expect that ireland percentage to be even higher this year.
as i mentioned earlier, my reading tastes did a complete 180 this year. i used to read mostly YA, and now i read like a couple of YA books a year at most. which means that a lot of the genres im reading have now been a lot broader. the bulk of what i read now is literary fiction (24%) and non fiction (25%), which im loving and im finding a range of really exciting and interesting books. i also barely read non fiction before last year so im happy that im finding so many that are favourites now.
its interesting looking at these stats because when im reading stuff throughout the year, im never conscious that so many of the books i read are such recent releases. i definitely didnt know that my reading was so skewed towards releases from 2018 and 2019. i guess now that im thinking about it i do prioritize a lot of new releases, especially now that im keeping track of them more closely, so im expecting that 2020 bar to be much higher this year.
looking at a graph like this makes me realize just how much my reading depends on where i am in my life in a specific month. january to april i was in school so less reading, and then december i was off work so i did the most of my reading then. also as you can tell i was goin through a bit of a reading slump in may lol. i always have at least one month a year where i just feel zero motivation to read anything, but at least i bounced back pretty strongly in june. 🙂
et voila! those are all the interesting 2019 reading stats that i thought id share with you guys today!! thanks so much for reading and im hopefully gonna be posting more regularly on here soon. i already have a lot of ideas!!
let me know if youve done similar stats-related posts (link them in the comments!!) and/or if you have any similar experiences with reading yourself.
2020 has already been a great reading year, and i can assure that stats are well under way for this year already lol.