Getting Geeky: 2012 Reads, Charts and Graphs Style

Books Read in 2012 Charts GraphsThis 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.

Longest Book Read: 2,016 pages
The Literary Study Bible (Second Longest? The Well-Trained Mind at 864 pages.)

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?).

2012 Reads: Adult vs Childrens 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.

Author Gender

I thought I read a lot of nonfiction, and while that is true, the percentages were closer than I expected:

2012 Reads: Nonfiction vs Fiction

At least, they were until I broke it down further. For adult books the advantage is clearly towards nonfiction:

2012 Reads: Nonfiction vs Fiction Adult

Which of course means that almost all of my children’s book reading is fiction:

2012 Reads: Nonfiction vs Fiction Kids Books

In a complete no-surprise-here, almost all of my books were new-to-me.

2012 Reads: New Reads vs Rereads

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.

2012 Reads: Book Sources

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…

2012 Reads: Format

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:

2012 Reads: Format by Type

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.

2012 Reads: Nonfiction Genres

My fiction reading has a lot less variety:

2012 Reads: Fiction Genres

And my children’s reading doesn’t have a lot of variety either really, it just looks like it at first glance:

2012 Reads: Children's Genres

Once I pull out the picture books, board books, and nonfiction, the children’s fiction has a lot less variety:

2012 Reads: Children's Genres 2

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:

2012 Reads: Ratings Percentage

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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  1. Interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh how happy this makes me!!

    I’m curious about the children’s book tracking though – do you track only picture books you read for review, or the ones you read to your kids? My rule is 100 pages, I don’t track ’em if they’re shorter than that. Because I read probably 50-60 books for my 31 Days Series that I didn’t count, because they were shorter, and Eleanor and I read 10-15 books a day…. which would grossly skew my stats!

    But I’m trying to think of another way to track what I read with her. Maybe a different list? Maybe I’ll make her her own Goodreads? ๐Ÿ™‚ It just seems too exhausting to try and go back and figure out all we’ve read spreadsheet-style though, because I’m sure that already this year we’ve read about 80 different books, and that’s a lot to type out.

    • I’m not completely sure how to handle picture & board books. I really only started trying to record them last fall, so they couldn’t skew my results that much. So far I’ve been recording all the new-to-us ones I read to my kids.

      I don’t really want to start a new Goodreads account, although it would be nice to keep it separate. I don’t really want to ignore them all, because it’s nice to remember what ones we have read (and especially what ones we’ve loved).

      So for the moment I’m recording them all, and will review it in a few more months to see what it looks like. One advantage I guess is that while I probably read 20 books a day to the kids, I usually only get 2 new ones a week. With the majority of our reading being rereads, it doesn’t feel like it skews things as much as it could. I don’t have anywhere near the number of new titles to record that you do!

      Not sure that’s much of an answer, but I’m still trying to figure out what works best for us. One thing I have thought about doing is recording them in my Goodreads, but changing the date read to 1913. Then it’s all still one account, and if I want to look at the kids books they’re all consolidated into one year. That year just happens to be 100 years off. Probably not how they intended it to be done, but it just might work fairly easily. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Oooh, I love your charts ad graphs! Which graph or stat surprised you the most? Were you keeping track using some kind of spreadsheet or software all year or did you just pull this together now?

    I don’t read nearly as much as you do, but I aspire to read more. Nonfiction books are my favorites, and I almost always read physical books. I just got a few mystery/romance audiobooks, and I’m liking the change of pace.

    • The male/female ratio surprised me the most. I was shocked to see that my fiction reading was almost entirely by female authors – I know I’ve got some male mystery authors I’ve really enjoyed in the past, but for whatever reason I never read any of them this year.

      I pulled the data from my Goodreads account into an Excel spreadsheet & then made the graphs from that. I was pretty rusty at it so the first couple took me forever.

      What sort of nonfiction do you like best?

  4. Too cool, Sheila!! OK – I have to ask. Do you have a list somewhere of your 5-star books? I’d love to know what they are! AND – I love memoirs, too. I’m hoping to take a class on them when it’s offered next! Happy Monday to you!

    • I don’t have them all already listed anywhere, but you’ve just given me an idea for a future post. ๐Ÿ™‚

      One of my favorite classes in my graduate history program was on History through Biography. And they included memoirs. LOVED it. Possibly my favorite class in all of grad school (both programs included.) So, um, I’m kind of jealous of your memoir class, and I’d love to know what you read for it if/when you take it.

      • Oh, please! That would be a great post! I think I’d have to pin it or bookmark it for future reference!

        Your class sounds wonderful, too… I will happily let you know about the memoir class if/when it comes along! {It was just offered, so I’m hoping it will come back next year…}

  5. Way interesting. I keep a spreadsheet on my computer of the books I’ve read and it list page totals and average pages, but you have inspired me to sit down and do the same for my reading last year!

    • I used to keep my own lists but I never bothered keeping page totals, so it’s all thanks to Goodreads that I know those numbers. ๐Ÿ™‚ What other info do you track in your spreadsheet?


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