Hello everyone, and happy March! It’s a little late for an end-of-2019 post, but I couldn’t resist making a stats post because I just love tracking all of this book information and putting it into pie charts!
General Yearly Stats
Books Read: 47
Pages Read: 14,598
Average Rating: 4.0 / 5
My goal for 2019 was to read 100 books; as you can see, I did not come close to making that happen. Falling short of goals is something I struggle with a bit (perfectionism, my dudes), so I was definitely disappointed that I didn’t get to read as much this year, but I think it was also a good opportunity to reassess.
Being in high school and not being able to read as much as I used to when I didn’t have legit schoolwork is a reality that I’m going to have to accept; sometimes, I have to prioritize other things over reading, like homework, and sleep. And that’s okay. I still got to read a lot of really great books this year, even if I didn’t reach the numerical amount of books I had hoped to read.
With that in mind, I set my Goodreads goal for 50 books in 2020; I think this will be much more manageable (although I am already behind, hehe).
Unsurprisingly, over half of the books that I read in 2019 were contemporary novels. I was able to fit in a fairly wide variety with the other 50% of my books though.
The yellow wedge is Mystery/Thriller; I’m not sure why Canva is refusing to label it for me. 😦
I obviously really enjoyed a lot of the books I read this year, which I’m super happy about. I did have a much higher percentage of 3-3.5-star reads in comparison to last year (16%), so hopefully I’ll be able to lower that in 2020.
I read quite a lot of new releases this year, as well as a decent amount of backlist books I think. The oldest book I read was Jane Eyre, which I enjoyed!
My e-book percentage doubled from last year, and I have conflicting feelings about it. On the one hand, it means that I’m getting a lot of e-arcs from publishers, which is great. However, I do prefer physical books just because of the way they feel. (I actually wrote a whole post about this.)
I read more books this year both from publishers and from the library than I did last year, which I’m happy about.
The darkest green wedge is for books I won through giveaways.
My most-read age range this year was Young Adult again, but I actually had a huge spike in adult books. (Last year, they only accounted for 14% of my reading.) I’m definitely not abandoning YA, but I have enjoyed expanding my horizons a bit into the ~adult realm.~ It’s led to discoveries of some really great new favorites, like Red, White & Royal Blue, Little Fires Everywhere, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
Similarly to 2018, I did not read a whole lot of super long books. (They can be a little scary.)
The darkest green wedge is for books with 600+ pages.
I’m still not entirely sure of the best way to track diverse books year-to-year, but this is what I’ve got at the moment.
It’s a little hard to determine, since there’s so much nuance to different types of diversity, and these categories are so broad when it comes to how diverse books are and what role that diversity plays in the story, etc.
Though this system is probably flawed, I wanted to include these graphs in order to help me better understand the diversity of my reading choices since I’m always trying read more diversely.
I’m glad that I read a decent amount of diverse books this year, but there are definitely improvements to be made, especially when it comes to the smaller categories on my graph (mental illness, disability, and religion).
This is kind of a weird title for this category but I couldn’t think of a better way to describe it?
Basically, what I was hoping to track with this graph is how many books I read that had protagonists from marginalized backgrounds vs. how many books had diversity within its side characters (but not their main characters).
This graph has stayed almost exactly the same as last year. Interestingly, I feel like the lack of boy main characters is fairly characteristic of YA, and not just my own reading tastes. (Perhaps this is material for a separate discussion post?)
Just like last year, I read mostly standalones, with a little less than 30% series books.
I hope you enjoyed this look at my reading in 2019! Chat with me in the comments about your reading trends from this past year.