Bec’s 2017 Reading Statistics

December 27, 2017 Discussion 24

With the end of the year comes many posts about what bloggers have read this year. I’m always interested in these because not only do they highlight the best and worst, but I find the break down of genres, pages, authors, etc incredibly interesting.

Since I actually used Excel to track my reading this year, I’m actually going to attempt to do my own reading stats post! Let’s see if I remember how to make decent looking Excel graphs…

I made this post on Christmas day, but only included books from mid December (for the past week I’ve been rereading all of Kate Forsyth’s Eileanan books so they don’t influence the results too much)

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Books Read in 2017

Right now, I’m in the middle of my 60th read! Not bad considering how busy I’ve been. My reading has fluctuated a lot this past year:

Guess when I was on holidays haha

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Genres Read in 2017

The results of these really should not be a surprise to anyone who knows me.

First off, which age range/ audience did I read most of:

I’m actually surprised I haven’t read any middle grade books this year. Normally I read at least one or two.

As for the breakdown of actual genres I’ve read this year:

Fantasy is the most read genre, surprise surprise, but I expected it to fill at least 50% of what I read.

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Series vs Standalones

I looovveee my series, especially series when I get to binge read them, which is mot often enough. Still I read a decent amount of standalone novels.

As for the series I did read, a lot of them were sequels. I did finish a good number of series for once!! Though still managed to start more than I finished oops.

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Fresh books or mature?

I’ve never been good at keeping up with the newest releases. They like to gather dust on my TBR for a few years before I get to them. Since I tracked release date for book review purposes, it’s pretty easy to have a look at when the books I read were released:

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Rereads?

It may not seem so from this chart, but I actually reread a lot of books this year, thanks to so many series catch ups/ finales. Plus me being in a slump and just wanting to revisit old worlds. I was saving a lot of the planned rereads until uni finished though, so there are still more books I need to refresh my memory on before next year.

Books I reread this year:

  • LADY HELEN AND THE DARK DAYS CLUB by Alison Goodman
  • THIEF’S COVENANT by Ari Marmell
  • VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman
  • SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
  • EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J Maas
  • A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J Maas

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The Best and the Worst

I never realised how generous I am with my ratings until I made this pie chart

4 stars is my standard rating! I’m kind of sad there weren’t more 5 star reads on this list though, and that I DNFed twice (both review books interestingly enough)

5 star reads of 2017:

  • THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER by Renee Ahdieh
  • GEMINA by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

DNFs of 2017:

  • ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard
  • THE DISGRACE OF KITTTY GREY by Mary Hooper
  • SIX OF CROWS (reread) and THE CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
  • A COURT OF MIST AND FURY (reread) and A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J Maas
  • EMPIRE OF STORMS (reread) and TOWER OF DAWN by Sarah J Maas

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How does one read?

It’s been two years now since I figured out how to get audiobooks to work for me, and it’s interesting how it’s changed my reading habits.

Physical books are definitely how I prefer to read my books. Audio books are a great addition to my reading life though. I’m getting through so many more books now.

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Where did they come from?

And the final category which shows how terrible I am at getting to my review books. I have over 200 books on my TBR, a quarter of them I received for review, and what did I read this year?

Not the books I was supposed to!

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I thought about doing a “size matters” category but I didn’t track the page numbers. Maybe next year

How was your reading year in 2017?

24 Responses to “Bec’s 2017 Reading Statistics”

    • Bec

      I’m surprised that I get through so many I own (joys of being a mood reader I guess haha) and yet I still have my TBR trying to topple me haha

    • Bec

      I should probably have read more review books… but mood reading haha. And I definitely need to read more of my TBR. It’s still overflowing

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    How fun! I love reading these type of posts too. I’m starting to get more library books, but that was more from the past couple of months. Most of the books I read this year were probably review books but I also went to ALA and got a lot of books, so I’m hoping to read more of the books I actually own in 2018! There are so many books I’ve had for YEARS that I need to finally read. :)

    -Lauren
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    • Bec

      I’m terrible at reading my review books :/ Library books I’ve read are mostly audiobooks! They really helped boost my read number.

  2. Kai @ Quartzfeather

    I love getting review copies because they’ve really helped me broaden my literary horizons as I’m often given the chance to read books that I wouldn’t have access to otherwise, but as you said, they can be so hard to keep up with…. There are so many beloved backlist titles that I haven’t gotten the chance to read because whenever I start one I can feel my stack of review books staring me down judgmentally…
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    • Bec

      Renee Ahdieh writes so beautifully! I can’t wait to read more of her stuff.

      GEMINA IS SO GOOD!! That series is absolutely brilliant.

  3. Sara L.

    I track my reading statistics with Excel, too! So the graphs and charts made me all kinds of geeky happy. :D Fantasy was my most-read genre, too (no surprise), with magical realism second on that list. And two interesting things I noticed is that while I read more YA than adult (though only by 2 or 3 books) and more books in a series than standalones, I generally enjoyed the adult reads more than YA and standalones more than series books this year. It’s nothing really out of the ordinary… but like I said, it’s interesting.
    Sara L. recently posted…The Creativity Corner: Autumn 2017 (Plus, I’m on Hiatus for the Holidays)

    • Bec

      This year was the first time I tracked my books in such a way and I really enjoyed it!

      That is quite interesting! I guess we’re just pickier with our adult fantasy novels and so are bound to pick books of higher quality? haha

  4. Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    I also track all of my reads with Excel as well and the end of the year is what I LIVE for! All these charts and graphs are so wonderful and I can’t wait to make mine! I also read a fair amount of backlist books. I tend to wait until all the hype has died down for new releases before reading them. Something I’ve noticed as I’ve been around to some other blogs is that everyone’s reading seems to spike in December! I think that’s the December-panic onset where everyone realizes they’re not anywhere close to their goal which is totally me this year :) I hope you have a lovely 2018!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks
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    • Bec

      Hype is dangerous and I’m glad I waited for some of them.

      I say the reading spike in December is aided by businesses and what not closing for the holidays! We all have more free time and take advantage of it haha. The fear of not meeting our reading goals certainly adds to it all.

    • Bec

      They’re so interesting to look at once the year is done. It’s great that we both enjoyed so many of the books we read!

  5. Tasya

    I usually did the statistics but December has been unexpectedly busy and I only did 2 statistics for my 2017 read…. I find that most of the books I read in 2017 were ARCs and I have the highest amount of DNF books this year (12 books!!!). I also do more re-read this year though, around 7 books, which is not bad considering that I barely do rereads before :D Have an amazing 2018 Bec! <3
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    • Bec

      Yeah the only reason I could do this was because I’m not doing anything at the moment haha. It took a long time to put together!

      Yay for rereading! I wish I could do it more. And I wish I had your record with review books!

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