Now that 2010 is officially over, with no chance of squeezing another book in under the wire, it’s time to look at stats! This is the first year I’ve tracked my reading in any meaningful way, so I’ve had fun reviewing my numbers. I don’t place any great importance on them, but it’s been very interesting to see how my year has shaped up, especially since I didn’t set any goals in 2010.
The Big Picture
This year I read more books than I’ve ever read before in a single year. There’s something satisfying about having hit the 100-book mark! I like how the events of my life are reflected in my reading numbers:
- I got hooked on the Percy Jackson series in January, which is why my print number is so high compared to the following months. I read all five in the span of a week or so.
- My husband was out of town a lot in May, so I spent many evenings knitting and listening to audiobooks.
- Until September, I was working full time. We moved in September, and I had a lot more free time during the last three months of the year.
I was also surprised to see how many audiobooks I got through. I didn’t expect audiobooks to make up such a high percentage of my year’s reading.
Taking a closer look at books read vs. books listened to:
I thought it was interesting that my average rating for print and audio was the same. I’m also a little shocked at the number of hours I spent listening to audiobooks. That’s more than 10 days straight! A couple of high- and lowlights:
- In September, four of the five books I read made my Best of 2010 lists. The fifth was a book I really disliked, but the high ratings of the other four made September my highest rated reading month.
- Four of the seven audiobooks I listened to in May made my Best of 2010 lists; two of five in November did as well.
- June featured my least favorite audiobook of the year, and the other I listened to that month just wasn’t good enough to pull the overall rating up.
The three areas I kept track of this year were author gender, book genre (in a very broad, loose way), and book source. Here’s a quick look at how each turned out:
63 of the 113 books I read were by men, 49 were by women, and 1 was by a man/woman pair. This number was pretty even until December, which for some reason was very male author-heavy. I’m not really concerned about making the split even; I was just curious to see where it would end up!
44 of the books I read last year were fiction, 18 were nonfiction, and 34 were young adult or middle grade. 17 were classics, and it was very interesting to see how this category worked out: For the first seven months of 2010, I did not read a single classic. In August and September I read one classic each, then three in October, five in November, and seven in December. This bodes well for my Classics Reclamation Project!
I’d like to get both the nonfiction and classics numbers up for 2011. My 2011 reading goals include reading some of the memoirs I own as well as reading more classics, so hopefully those categories will make up a higher percentage of my total books in 2011.
I tracked this aspect for print books only, since almost all of my audiobooks come from the library. 29 of the books I read last year were books I owned, 43 were borrowed (mostly from the library), and only eight were galleys from publishers.
I can’t believe I borrowed so many books! No wonder my shelves are overflowing! This must change in 2011. Thanks to the TBR Dare, which started yesterday, 2011 should get off to a better start.
Are you a stats person? Is there any particular aspect of your reading you especially enjoy tracking?