Books Read in 2014, Charts and Graphs Style

Books Read in 2014 Charts and Graphs

Total Books Read: 189
This excludes children’s books under 100 pages. Want to see the whole list? They’re all here.

Format
2014 Books Format
104 physical books (hardcover or paperback), 85 electronic books (Kindle, epub, or pdf), 2 audio books

Based on my reading habits post-baby, I expected even more electronic books than it was. Next year should be interesting, if my patterns continue the way they have the last five months…

Longest Book Read:
The Three MusketeersThe Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas at 680 pages
Second Longest? The Message of the New Testament: Promises KeptThe Message of the New Testament: Promises Kept by Mark Dever at 558 pages.

Last year I showed the total pages read, but this year I noticed that many of my books in Goodreads didn’t have page counts. Some Kindle versions and audio books still give a “page count” credit, but some showed up as 0 pages. While I would love to go through and edit all of those records with a page count, realistically I need to just let it go and not worry about it. But I’m skipping listing an incorrect total page count here.

Earliest Publication Date:
The Three MusketeersThe Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas in 1843
Next oldest? The Wonderful Wizard of OzThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum in 1900.

Adult Books vs. Kid Lit
2014 Books Adult vs Juvenile
162 adult, 29 juvenile and young adult books, so it’s 85% adult books to 15% kid lit.

Last year it was 80% adult to 20% kid lit, and it really surprised me that the percentages went up in favor of adult books. But then I remember all the ebooks I read this year – that probably explains it. .

Authors
2014 Books Author Gender
125 female, 54 male, 7 joint, 4 unspecified.

As unbalanced as this looks, it’s still better than last year. My fiction reading is still really heavily tilted towards female authors, and it’s only the nonfiction that helps balance it out at all. I’m still not sure that I care about this though, and include it more as something mildly interesting 🙂

Nonfiction vs. Fiction
2014 Books Nonfiction vs Fiction
117 nonfiction, 74 fiction.

This one really surprised me. I felt like all I did post-baby was read light fiction, but I’d read so much nonfiction earlier in the year that I still ended up having read more of it for the year. Again though, this stat is skewed by all the ebooks I read in an attempt to clear them off my Kindle.

Last year was 120 Nonfiction, 112 Fiction, so I did a better job of balancing between the two then.

Source
2014 Books Source
124 library, 17 review, 34 own, 15 freebies, 1 borrowed.

As with last year, this is my “Least Surprising Statistic.” I get most of my books from the library, although because of my efforts to clear books off my own bookshelves (both real and virtual), I did better than I would otherwise. “Borrowed” means a friend loaned it to me. “Freebie” are ones that I own, but I wanted to separate them out, since they’re not ones I intentionally purchased. They’re Kindle free books, or ebooks from a bundle, or bonus ebooks I received. Quality definitely varied with this bunch.

New to Me, or Re-reads
2014 Books New vs Repeats
180 New, 11 rereads.

For me, this is actually a lot of re-reading.

Nonfiction
2014 Books Nonfiction Genres
That “other” nonfiction category bugs me, but it’s such a random assortment it seemed the best (or at least easiest) way to handle them. Individual categories for each title was not happening. 🙂

Fiction
2014 Books Fiction GenresLike usual, I do love my genre fiction!

Summing Up

And a note about those two “did not finish” titles, and how I counted them. They are not included in the overall books read total, but they are counted when looking at source, nonfiction/fiction, author gender, and type. They don’t appear in the genres category either, but they would be “other nonfiction” and “juvenile fiction” if I had.

Want to do some comparisons? I shared a similar post for my 2012 and 2013 reads. The idea for these posts came from Jessica at The Quirky Bookworm. Thanks for letting me use your idea – I love seeing how my reading year looks!

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Comments

  1. Do you keep separate stats somewhere to get these graphs? I’d love to know some of these things for myself and just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing out on some part of Goodreads (I’m particularly interested in the male/female author stat).

  2. If Goodreads has a way to do this, I’ve missed it. I exported my Goodreads data into a spreadsheet, and then added columns for the other categories. It didn’t take long to scroll through and add that info, and then sort the data to quickly get a count. I wouldn’t want to do it with thousands of records, but under 200 really didn’t take long.

    Actually, thinking about it now you could do it all along, and then have the data when you export it. Add some additional shelves to your Goodreads – author–male / author–female / author–joint / author–unknown, and add books to those shelves. Same for any other info you want to track. Then once you export the data, you could sort by that and not have to add it. It wouldn’t be perfect, since you do have to add it yourself, and sorting by shelves was imprecise (although maybe there’s a way to do that more efficiently that I just haven’t figured out). But it’d be a good start!

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