This post was completely inspired by Jessica at The Quirky Bookworm’s post. I adore stats, and seeing all the variations of what she charted make my nerdy heart skip a beat. I immediately knew I’d have to make my own charts and graphs. I thought I’d just follow her lead with what I measured, but I found I was curious about a few additional variables, so I’ve added some additional charts.
Total Books Read: 159
Actually, I know I read at least a few more than that but while I was visiting family in the Spring I didn’t keep track of the books I read. And I went through a few months where I didn’t record any of the children’s books I read, so eh, the adult and young adult books are mostly complete, and most of the stats are accurate, but it’s not completely perfect.
Total Pages Read: 38,699
At 159 books that averages out to 250 pages a book – a number that really surprises me! Guess that Bible and some of the other long ones really balanced out all the short books I finished.
I was super curious about the breakdown between adult and children’s books. I attributed my high numbers of books read during the year to reading so many kids’ books. Turns out only 25% of the books I read were children’s books. (I don’t count rereads on picture books or board books, so maybe that’s why it always feels like I read so many more children’s books?).
I had no idea what the gender breakdown would be between authors. Turns out I read lots more female authors than male authors. What’s that other category? That would be for books with both male and female authors, or books without the author specified. I read only ONE male author in all of my adult fiction reading (what? really?) and almost all of my children’s fiction reading was also by female authors. Add in that virtually all the parenting books and cookbooks were by females, and I find myself feeling surprised that the male/female ratio wasn’t skewed ever more. Huh.
I thought I read a lot of nonfiction, and while that is true, the percentages were closer than I expected:
At least, they were until I broke it down further. For adult books the advantage is clearly towards nonfiction:
Which of course means that almost all of my children’s book reading is fiction:
In a complete no-surprise-here, almost all of my books were new-to-me.
I assumed I’d have gotten the vast majority of books from the library. Yup, I definitely did, although I would have guessed that the percentage would have been even higher. Turns out I owned or was given more of them than I’d have expected.
I was quite surprised to see just how many ebooks I read during the year. And I wonder just how many books I’d have finished if I’d listened to any audio books…
Then I got curious, because I felt like I’d read mostly fiction ebooks, so I had to check. Turns out I read most of my adult fiction via ebook, and most of my adult nonfiction via physical book, which might be why I felt like it skewed toward fiction ebooks. Because their numbers are almost identical – 18 vs 19. Those children’s fiction ebooks might also explain why I thought ebooks were skewed toward fiction:
I believed that I read fairly widely in my nonfiction choices, and I kind of did. Although I certainly do like memoirs! And I was very surprised at how many parenting books I’d read.
My fiction reading has a lot less variety:
And my children’s reading doesn’t have a lot of variety either really, it just looks like it at first glance:
Once I pull out the picture books, board books, and nonfiction, the children’s fiction has a lot less variety:
I was curious about what percentage of books I gave 5 star ratings, so of course then I had to see what the percentage was for the entire year:
And what did it all average out to? A 3.39 average rating. That doesn’t really surprise me – I try to pick books that I think I’ll enjoy, so I’d expect it to skew on the higher side.
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