I use a spreadsheet to keep track of a good number of stats about the books I read, and now I get to share those with all of you! My spreadsheet is based on a template made by Kal @ Reader Voracious which you can find here.
For me mid-year stats is actually May to mid July stats because I didn’t really start reading until May. I’ve read 37 books in total so far this year (one of which I DNFed).
Can we hit 15 in July?
As one might expect, fantasy and scifi make up the majority of what I read along with one or two books in a number of other genres. I try to categorize things by what the primary genre is (eg. fantasy romance vs romantic fantasy), but sometimes it’s a bit ambiguous. (Sorry for the clashing colors!)
Thankfully, I’m enjoying most of the books that I read! However, I imagine this graph will become a little less skewed as the year goes on simply because the more books I read the less likely I am to love every one of them.
Not a great deal of variety here. Adult is definitely my favorite.
Mostly very recent books. I didn’t realize how much of my reading is 2020 releases.
Review copies include Netgalley ARCs and books I get through book tours or directly from the author in order to review them. As you can tell, I’m much more likely to read a book I borrowed from the library than one I bought. Due dates are a great motivator. But don’t let this fool you, I have purchased about 50 books this year, mostly free or discounted ebooks.
My physical books feel very neglected (though I don’t have access to that many of them at the moment).
I guess this is just a bell curve. I might have to break it down into more segments for it to be meaningful.
This is a somewhat off because I don’t have any of my older books in my spreadsheet yet. Still, I feel like over 20% isn’t actually terrible.
This also gives me hope!
This is a pretty good split, though I’d definitely like to find some more nonbinary and gender fluid authors!
The “not new to me” category is pretty much just made up of sequels. Once again, I think this will change a bit as I become more well read and find more new favorite authors.
I’m a bit surprised by how high this percentage is, but I think a quarter of my reads being selfpub is a great goal!
I don’t require myself to review every book I read, but a good number of the ones I haven’t reviewed yet are ones I’m going to.
I thought this might be a little bit higher. I’ll just have to read more diverse books in the next half of the year!
As you can see, an appallingly overwhelming percentage of my reading this year has been by white authors. This is the only stat in this list that I’m ashamed of, but I’m going to use that motivation to at least double the percent of books by authors of color that I have read by the end of the year.
Did any of these stats surprise you? Do you like to keep track of your reading stats? What are some more stats that I should add to my spreadsheet? As always, thanks for stopping by, and I’d love to see you in the comments!