Hello hello!! It’s time for the last end-of-2021 post, which is my 2021 reading stats post! I love making these posts because they give me a chance to do some reflection on my reading habits and tendencies, which aren’t always obvious to me as I’m doing my reading throughout the year.
To begin, I read 146 books in 2021.
I wanted to get to 150, and I could’ve read some graphic novels or novellas to get to that number, but I was just too lazy and couldn’t really be bothered lol. Anyway, 146 is definitely not a number to be ashamed of, so I’m more than happy with it.
I also DNFd 58 books at anywhere between like 20 pages to 200 pages.
Im not sure how that number compares to my DNFs from last year, especially because my DNFs range so much in terms of the pages I read before DNFing, but my feeling is that overall I DNFd a lot less in 2021. In general I feel like I was much better at choosing the kinds of books that I’d like in 2021, which meant that I ended up enjoying a lot of the books I read (more on that below).
Here’s a breakdown of the books I read by genre, and to me, there are no surprises here. In my mind, my top genres are literary fiction, romance, historical fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction–what usually varies is how those genres tend to rank compared to each other. Literary fiction is my bread and butter as always, with 41 books. Then we have romance at 33 books (I binged a lot of romance books this year because they’re the only books I can read when I feel shitty lol), historical fiction at 23 books, nonfiction at 20 books, and fantasy at 19 books. I wouldn’t really change these stats, except that I hope I’m able to find more fantasy books that I like this year.
Onto my rating breakdown, which I’m really happy with! Most of my ratings are 4 stars, which is really great, and there are very few 2.5-star-and-below ratings, which I’m also really happy with. Overall my average rating is 3.55 stars, which is very high for me, so it’s a good sign that I was at least liking most of the books I picked up. A big part of that is because I just DNFd books that I knew were going to get 2.5 stars or less, and also because I feel like I was able to find more books that really appealed to me, and that I knew were going to be to my taste. Also EIGHT whole 5-star ratings!!! Last year I gave so few novels 5 stars, so I’m happy that I found so many ones in 2021.
My reading format stats are absolutely no surprise to me, and they’re also pretty much the same as my ones from 2020. Almost all the reading I do these days is either through ebooks (80 books) or audiobooks (59 books), and that’s what the stats show. Also lol I can’t believe I read exactly 7 physical books this year; every time I pick up a physical book these days I’m like ???? how do I turn up the brightness on this thing??? what do you mean I can’t just select a word to look up its definition?? hello tech support I think this machine is broken??
That being said, I think my audiobook stats would’ve been higher if I hadn’t stopped listening to audiobooks in the second half of the year (for various reasons, but mainly because the main thing I did while listening to audiobooks–colouring–got to be very bad for my neck/posture so I had stop lol). But as it stands, 58 audiobooks is definitely not a bad number. I’m going to try to find another way to incorporate audiobooks into my routines this year, because I really miss listening to them, and there are so many new ones that I’d love to listen to.
More stats that are also not a surprise to me: most of the books I read were published very recently, either in 2022 (13 books), 2021 (83 books), or 2020 (26 books). There are still quite a few backlist books farther back, though, so there’s a little variety at least. 🤷♀️
Now this is a stat I’m very interested in, especially since in 2021 I started to become much more aware of which publishers were releasing which books, and which publishers released the kinds of books that I typically tended to enjoy. Most of the books I read fell under 4 of the big 5 publishers, with Penguin at the top as always (38 books), then Macmillan (22 books), then HarperCollins (21 books), then Hachette (8 books). After that we have various indie publishers, with Grove Atlantic at the top with 8 books–which I’m so happy to see, to be honest. I absolutely love Grove Atlantic’s books (I have a whole post coming up about them 👀), and I will continue to read the books they put out every year because I just consistently enjoy them.
In terms of the countries the books I read were set in, we have US at the lead with 59 books, then the UK at 39 books, then Ireland at 12 books, and finally South Korea with 7 books. The US, UK, and Ireland are pretty much always my top countries, but I’m glad to see South Korea also at the forefront, especially since I’ve really gotten into translated Korean literature this year. I’m hoping that number gets higher this year as I pick up more Korean books (and there are already so many interesting 2022 ones that I have my eye on!).
And finally, my blog stats! I wrote 51 posts this year, which averages out to about a post a week, which I honestly can’t believe I did lol. Writing blog posts takes SO MUCH time, so I’m glad I was able to at least have some consistency throughout the year. (Honestly a lot of those posts came because I was VERY bored during class and thought I might as well make some recommendation posts for the blog to pass the time lol. So shoutout to my boring classes for helping my blog grow.)
My blog has continued to grow since I started blogging in earnest in 2020, and I’m hoping I can continue doing that this year!
I also just want to say thank you so much to everyone who takes the time to read and/or like and/or comment on my posts!! I appreciate it so much, and it honestly makes me so happy to see that people actually trust my reviews and read the books I love because they trust my opinions 🥺🥺🥺🥺 so thank you so much, and here’s to hoping 2022 is a good reading year for all of us!!