Fair warning: this may be the geekiest post I will ever write! It’s no secret that reading is my favorite hobby. I’m obsessed with books and my downtime is spent in two ways: reading and blogging. The reason I can read as much as I do is because I make time for it. Whenever people express jealousy for how many books I read, there’s not too much I can say. My life isn’t very exciting (at least to other people, I would guess) and I have a lot of downtime that allows me to read.
Anyway, this year, I’ve taking my love for reading to a geeky level as I’m keeping a detailed spreadsheet of the books I read. My spreadsheet (which I’m happy to share with anyone who is interested!) keeps track of much more than just the title, author, and my rating, but also the genres, formats, where I’m getting them, why I’m reading them, how much they cost me (if applicable), and more. It’s been so fun to keep track, and I thought today would be a good day to survey my reading habits for the first half of 2015. This will be similar to the reading habits survey that Book Riot puts out once a year, which is basically where I got my idea for this post.
How many books read? 48
How many pages read? 15,866
What percentage of books read has been in print? E-books? Audiobooks?
- 46% print books
- 44% e-books
- 10% audiobooks
I’m not too shocked about that – I read about the same amount of print books as I do e-books (I always opt for the e-book, but if the wait list is too long at my library or they don’t have the e-book version, I’ll request the print copy.) Also really happy with my audiobook listening in the first half of the year! This is the first year I’ve really gotten into audiobooks and I find them a really fun way to consume literature.
How many books were bought? I wound up buy 7 of the 48 books I read, which amounts to 15%. The library is my best friend when it comes to reading – I don’t spend a ton of money on books!
How much money has been spent? $40.43. This amounts to spending $6.74 a month on books or 84 cents per book. I’d say that’s a good average!
What are the percentage breakdowns for the genres read?
- Fiction – 25%
- Nonfiction – 20%
- Mystery – 19%
- YA – 13%
- Chick lit – 13%
- Romance – 10%
It shocks me that nonfiction is my second-most read genre. I have been trying to read at least one nonfiction book per month, and I’m doing more than that, it seems. I’m also surprised that romance novels are my lowest read genre. I used to solely read romance novels, so this shows I am really trying to diversifying my selections.
How many diverse reads? 8 – 17%. Something I still need to work on, but it’s getting better!
Where did I get my books?
- Overdrive (e-books and audiobooks): 15
- Library (physical copies of books): 12
- Amazon: 9
- Free, in exchange for a review on my blog: 8
- Through postal book club: 2
- As gifts: 2
Over half of my books were from Overdrive or the library. How I love the library so! 🙂
Some other random stats:
- Most books read in one month: March (10)
- Least books read in one month: February (6)
- Book with the most pages: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro (469 pages)
- Book with the least pages: Home by Toni Morrison (147 pages)
Top 3 books read so far in 2015:
1. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – This book gripped me from beginning to end, as it follows a family as they deal with the death of their teenage daughter. The writing is just exquisite.
2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – This book dealt with some heavier subjects (domestic violence and bullying), but it did so in a light-hearted manner. I fell in love with the characters and I thought the way the author wrote about domestic violence was vividly real. It wasn’t over-the-top, but I think a lot of people would be able to relate to it (sadly!).
3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – I am so glad I did I finally read this book! It’s such a special novel. It is written from the perspective of Ponyboy, a 14-year-old boy who is in a gang called The Greasers. The novel was so easy to read and really fun to follow – the language was phenomenal. It was sad in parts, but I really enjoyed my experience reading it.
How many books did you read in the first half of 2015? Do you use the library, or do you buy the majority of your books?