First Half of 2018 in Review || Statistics About What I Read so Far

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So, I’ve been slacking on my wrap-up posts. As in, to the point where I haven’t written one in 6 months. I kept trying to write something to make up for this, but kept getting overwhelmed by the shear number of books I needed to cover. So, I decided to write this post instead.

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What I Read

The first half of this year proved a great reading experience. I read 27 books. I gave 2 books a 5 star rating and 16 received a 4 star rating. Two of these 4 star books were rereads from previous years. (The books themselves are listed at the end of this post.)

Books Read Per Month

I read between 6 and 2 books each month of the year so far. Or, between 1 and 3 books if I exclude this month, which isn’t over yet. This averages to 4 and 1/3 books per month.

Most Read Genres

I’ve read 11 fantasy books, 10 sci-fi books, 4 contemporaries, and 4 historical fiction novels. Note that some books fall into multiple categories. I’m very satisfied with this. I read more diversely in terms of genre than I have in just about any time period I’ve recorded so far.

In terms of age groups 20 out of 27 were young adult and 7 out of 27 were adult. I read no middle grade novels. These statistics are a bit more disappointing, because I generally have a more even split and read a few middle grade novels. However, with how busy I’ve been this year, I can see how my reading habits might favor YA novels, which tend to be shorter than adult novels on average.

Fun Facts

    • 20 books had at least one female point of view (POV) character. 18 books had at least 1 male POV character. 1 book had a character who didn’t identify as a male or female (they were someone who got a different body everyday).
    • 3 of the books I read were published before my birth.
    • 20 of the books I read were set on Earth, either in full or in part. Of those, only 5 took place somewhere outside of the US. Only 3 of those 5 took place somewhere other than the United Kingdom.

Read in 2018

Should I make infographics like the one at the top of this post more often? What did you read in the first half of 2018? What are your thoughts on these statistics? 

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2016 Reading Statistics

I loved making this post last year and seeing everything I read that year in visual form, so I decided to do the same for 2016. This will exclude most of the statistics already listed in Goodreads’ beautiful “My 2016 in Books” feature.

Age Groups

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In both 2016 and 2015 I read more young adult books than any other age groups, but the amount of books I’ve read in other age groups has grown a lot relative to last year.

Genres

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Like last year, the overwhelming majority of books I read were fantasy. I’m somewhat embarrassed that not one of the books I read in 2016 fit into the contemporary category (though one got very close).

Contemporary is far from my favorite genre, but I like to try to read at least a few books from it. Guess this means one of my reading goals for 2017 is to read at least one contemporary novel.

Where Books Take Place

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Like last year, I read more books taking place off of Earth than any one place on it. This year the portion of books seems to have grown enough that a little more than half of the books I read take place on Earth, unlike last year where I read more books taking place in fictional locations/in space than on Earth.

The portion of books I read in places outside of the US has also grown a little, though not by much. Like last year, most of the books taking place in a European setting took place in the UK. So many, I considered making it its own category both times, but ultimately decided against it.

Note that this chart doesn’t comment on the accuracy of how these places were portrayed, only that the book in question had at least one significant scene set in this location. This also means, therefore, that some books fall in multiple categories.

The book with no location is nonfiction.

Conclusions

I didn’t read as much in 2016 as I did the two years before. (I read 63 books in 2016, 73 books in 2015, and 77 books in 2014.) However, I’m okay with that.

I was much busier in 2016 than I was in 2015 and 2014. I wanted to still read a significant amount of books in 2016, but focus on reading what I wanted to read. I knew that otherwise I would never find the motivation to read. I feel I have succeeded in these goals.

Note: Charts made with onlinecharttool.com.

2015 Reading Statistics

2015 was a really good reading year for me. In 2014 I didn’t feel entirely satisfied with the books I was reading, and struggled to chose favorites. In 2015 I tried to focus more on trying to love everything I read, and in this I was very successful. It’s the cause of my average rating of books I read in 2015 is 4.3 as opposed to the 3.99 average I had before the year started bring my overall rating to 4.04 on goodreads.

For this list I’m going to try to focus on statistics not already covered in goodreads gorgeous “my 2015 in books feature.”

Pages Read in 2015 Vs. 2014

2015 Statistics Pages

In spite of the fact that I read fewer books in total in 2015 than I did the previous year (73 as opposed to 77) I read slightly more pages in 2015, so I consider the amount read to be a success.

Age Groups

2015 Statistics Age Groups

These statistics surprised me a little, I’d thought I’d read more middle grade books. Next year I’d like to read more of those, but since most of the eight middle grade books I read were completed towards the end of the year I suspect this goal will be easily achieved.

This year I read far more adult fiction than I have in previous years though I do not have statistics to confirm this. I was always scared off by all of the content I was told there was in adult books. While most of the adult books I read this year were probably on the tamer side of the genre, I’m glad I decided to read more adult books as some of them are new favorites.

I’d like to see the division between intended audience look more evenly divided into thirds.

Genre

2015 Statistics Genres

This graph is a little disappointing, but not all that surprising. This year I discovered my love for epic fantasy novels, particularly those written by a certain author. Hence, the fantasy section being so large. I also decided to focus more on trying to read what I enjoy in 2015, and this graph reflects that. I think I’ll continue with this goal for next year and see how my preferences towards genres change naturally.

Where Books Took Place

2015 Statistics Locations

I made this chart because I was curious about where the books I was reading took place. I was expecting more books to take place in space, fictional locations, and North America. I was expecting fewer to take place in all of the slices not previously mentioned.

All but one of the books taking place in North America took place in the US or alternative worlds/future equivalents thereof. I considered Mexico/alternative future equivalents thereof as part of North America as that is where the book that did not take place in the US counted in that segment took place. A significant number of the books taking place in the section labeled “Europe/UK” took place in London.

It is interesting to note that I read more books that took place off of Earth than on it.

The reason the books do not add to the total number I read this year is because several books had significant portions taking place in more than one location.

Most Read Author

Brandon Sanderson: 12 Books

I’m actually surprised this number is this low. As many of the Sanderson books I read were over 600 pages, it feels like I read more than 12 of them in 2015.