My last two posts for my “Best of 2016” series are going to be all about reading, which shouldn’t surprise anyone since it’s my number-one hobby. This year was a fantastic reading year for me and I’m currently reading my 95th book. As I am fairly confident I will finish the book by Saturday, I’m going to say that’s my final number. 95 books! That’s insane. That’s a lot of books to read in a year.
Reading is a priority for me, but I also have a lot of free time to devote to it and I use my free time wisely. Also, I’m not in a relationship and I don’t have little children to take care of and I’m a homebody who requires a lot of alone time to remain sane, so it’s pretty easy to see how I’ve read so many books.
So, without further ado, I present this year’s reading stats:
How many books read? 95
How many pages read? 33,535 pages
What percentage of books were in print? E-books? Audiobooks?
- Print: 38%
- E-books: 62%
- Audiobooks: 0%
How many books did you buy? 8 books
How much money did you spend on books? $52.22
Detail the genre breakdown by percentage.
- Romance: 53%
- Fiction: 22%
- Nonfiction: 11%
- Fantasy: 7%
- YA: 5%
- Science fiction: 1%
- Mystery: 1%
How many diverse books did you read? 26 books, so 27%. Last year, 19% of the books I read were diverse, so I’m happy that my number has increased, even if it is still such a small percentage of my overall total.
Where did you get your books (library, Amazon, Overdrive, bookstore, etc.)?
- Overdrive: 49%
- Library: 21%
- Friend: 12%
- Amazon: 12%
- TLC Book Tours: 5%
- Target: 1%
What month did you read the most? The least? I read the most books in a month in September, when I read 12 books. August was my lowest reading month at 6 books.
How many pages was the biggest book you read? The shortest? The biggest book was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages. The shortest book was Be My Love by Lucy Kevin at 200 pages.
How many books did you finish in less than 24 hours? 12
What book took you the longest to read, and how long did it take you? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, no surprise there! It took me 13 days to read.
How many books did you abandon over the course of the year? 9
It was actually fairly simple to compile my stats, as I keep a detailed spreadsheet of all the books I read with accompanying categories, like genre, date started and finished, number of pages, rating, where I got the book, price (if I paid for it), etc. I am happy to send along that spreadsheet to anyone interested in analyzing their reading this way. It’s super nerdy, and I love it.
I also wanted to take the time to outline the books my book club read this year, for anyone who is curious (starred books are the ones I suggested):
- JANUARY – The Bay at Midnight by Diane Chamberlain (4 stars)
- FEBRUARY – Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (DNR)
- MARCH – Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger (4 stars)*
- APRIL – The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister (3 stars)
- MAY – The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf (4 stars)
- JUNE – Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (4 stars)*
- JULY – One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (4 stars)
- AUGUST – The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan (DNF)
- SEPTEMBER – The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (5 stars)
- OCTOBER – Results May Vary by Bethany Chase (4 stars)
- NOVEMBER – The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (DNR)
- DECEMBER – Mosquitoland by David Arnold (3 stars)
How many books did you read this year?