It’s that time of year again when I break out the calculator and start crunching numbers– for the sake of bookishness, of course! In 2015 I surpassed my initial Goodreads goal of 24 books by reading 56 books, which amounts to a total of 17,740 pages read. If you’d like to check out my Goodreads Year in Books you can do so by clicking here.
Last year I created a bunch of different categories and graphs that I compiled into a reading statistics post, so I figured that I would do it this year as well. It’s interesting to see how the two years compare, especially since I feel as though my reading taste has changed significantly since the beginning of 2014.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at those numbers!
Last year I noticed that I rated a large amount of the books I read 5 smileys. There isn’t a problem with giving a lot of books high ratings, but I felt as though not all of those books truly deserved 5 smileys. This year I decided to change my rating system a bit to make 3 smileys represent an average book and to reserve 5 smileys for books that were AMAZING. I’m glad to see that this new rating system seems to be working better, because the 5 smileys portion of the graph is a much more realistic size. I enjoyed the majority of books I read this year, which is all any book lover can ask for!
It’s been a goal of mine for quite some time to read more of the books I own so I can cut down my towering physical TBR pile a bit. Judging by this graph, it looks like I did an okay job with fulfilling that goal in 2015. Many of the books I had to read for school were rented and borrowed as well, which may have inflated that percentage a tad. Hopefully I can keep this up in 2016!
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about female representation in the media (and the world in general) so I thought it would be interesting to see how many books I read by female authors in comparison to males. Although the percentage of male authors is higher than females, it is a lot more balanced than I thought it would be.
Out of all of these graphs, this one surprised me the most! In 2014 this graph was nearly split in half (53% YA, 47% not YA) but now the vast majority of what I read isn’t YA. Not only is this due to a change in my reading tastes, but it is also because of the books I am assigned to read for school. This isn’t a bad thing– it just means that my reading tastes have changed significantly since last year.
I’m so happy to see that about a third of the books I read in 2015 were classics! I’ve been really enjoying classic literature lately, which I think is nicely reflected in this graph. Even though I would like to increase the amount of nonfiction and memoirs I read, I am still incredibly pleased with these results.
Just out of curiosity, I decided to add a graph about my motivation for reading, meaning that I would be comparing the number of books I read for pleasure with the number of books I’m assigned to read for classes. I honestly expected the assigned books percentage to be larger than it actually is– I guess it just feels that way!
And there you have it! I’m very pleased with these statistics and with the reading I was able to accomplish in 2015. Hopefully 2016 can be just as great!
Was 2015 a good reading year for you? How does it compare with past years? What do you think of my reading statistics? Are there any categories you wish I had included? Let me know in the comments section below!