Amanda’s 2021 Reading Statistics (Year End Wrap Up)

Hi, lovelies! It’s time for one of my absolute favorite posts of the year. I love reading these and even though it’s a lot of work, I love putting mine together every January. Today I have my 2021 reading statistics for your viewing pleasure. I’ve made some charts and graphs to really show some of the things that I’ve tracked about the books I’ve read this past year. Let’s get right into it!

This is my breakdown by month of how many books I read. I hit a bit of a slump in the summertime (which was when I found out I was pregnant and I basically slept for a month). I was surprised to see how much more I read in January than any of the other months. What month did you read the most books in?
I’m not super surprised with these results for my star ratings. I DNF’d quite a few books this year instead of finishing them and rating them poorly. So, there really weren’t that many books for me to rate lower than 3 stars.
I was absolutely surprised to see how close it came to being perfectly even for my reading between the three formats of my choice (physical books, eBooks, and Audiobooks). I didn’t think I’d read nearly as many audiobooks as I did and I thought I read way more eBooks than I did. Do you read in more than one format?
This one actually surprised me a little bit. I tracked what the age ranges were of the books I read because I like to see if I’m reading more adult, young adult, or middle-grade books. I’m sad to see that I didn’t read very much middle grade at all in 2021. But I am surprised to see that young adult took the lead. I’ve had some trouble with YA books in the latter half of the year with not enjoying them as much. So, I fully expect this to look different in 2022.
Since I made a chart specifically for age ranges, I didn’t separate my genre graph with age ranges at all this year like I have in the past. I’m glad that I did it this way because now it’s a smaller and easier-to-read graph. These results are pretty expected. I’m hoping to read more evenly across the genres in 2022, but I’m sure that won’t actually happen. What genre did you read the most of in 2021?
This is a pretty similar result to last year, which is funny because in my post for last year I said that I would try to make backlist books one of my priorities. I very obviously didn’t do that. Did you read more new releases or more backlist books last year?
This was the chart I was the most excited to see the result of. Last year, I tracked these things separately, but this year I thought I’d put them all together to see where I was getting my books from. I am pleased to see that I mostly read books that I already owned with just a bit of Kindle Unlimited and library borrows, as well as, keeping up with my NetGalley ARC’s.
I’m not really surprised by these results for my page number statistics. Storygraph has been telling me all year I read books in the 300s page range. In 2022, I’d really like to focus on reading the bigger books that I own. This goal will certainly be helped with all of the tomes I bought in December 2021. Did you read bigger books or smaller books mostly in 2021?
I’m not sure whether I’m surprised or not at the fact that I read a significant amount more of series than I did of standalone. I guess I’m not surprised because I didn’t read as much romance or contemporary as I have in previous years. I think my 2022 statistics will look very similar to this because I have quite a few series I’m planning to start in 2022. Did you read more series or more standalones in 2021?
I love tracking whether I’m rereading a book or reading a book for the first time. I was expecting this result as I focused on reading mostly the books I already owned and hadn’t read yet. But in 2022, I have lots of plans to reread certain series and books. Did you reread many books last year?

There we have it! These are my reading statistics for the year 2021. I think it was really interesting that some of these results surprised me and others didn’t really. This yearly post definitely shows me what I need some of my goals to be in the coming year. Some for me are to read bigger books and reread some books I haven’t been able to stop thinking about. What are your reading goals for 2022?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s 2020 Reading Statistics (Year End Wrap Up)

Hello, lovelies! I’m here today with one of my favorite posts that I create every year. My year end wrap up, which is where I share all of the fun graphs and charts that I’ve made with the different bookish information I’ve kept track of all year. This year, only one or two of my graphics are different, I’ve added a new one and combined a few others to made more sense. I read a total of 384 books in 2020. I read in all different formats. I borrow some books (mostly audiobooks, but sometimes ebooks and physical books too) from my local library, as well as getting some arc’s from NetGalley. I love both series and standalone books. I do my best to read a wide variety of genres. I read good books and bad books this past year. That is what these charts and graphs will show you. Let’s start with my monthly breakdown.

This one shows how many books I read in each month for 2020. April was obviously my best month, with October not far behind. July was my worst month. This was partly because I was working more hours at my job and partly because this was when my job (working retail) started to seriously effect my mental health. I’m pretty happy with this, but I think next year I want to try to be a bit more consistent across all twelve months.

I’m not great at math, so according to StoryGraph (my favorite new book tracking website), my all-time average rating is 3.95. This seems pretty accurate and it’s a number that I’m pleased with. StoryGraph allows for whatever half or quarter star rating you want when you rate the book, so next year I will have a more specific average for the whole year. This overall average is down from last year which I think is interesting. I think it’s because I’ve been focusing on reading the books I own, rather than just books I’m excited about. So, I’ve read a few that I didn’t rate very highly.

These are the three different formats that I read in this year. I am not at all surprised by the similarity of eBooks and audiobooks, and I’m very impressed with the amount of physical books that I read. My goal at the start of 2020 was to focus mostly on the physical books that I already own, which as this chart shows, I successfully did. I’m going into 2021 with a similar goal. I made a pretty low (for me) reading goal that’s close to the number of books that I already own (physical books and eBooks). I am actually putting myself on a book buying ban until I get my physical TBR down to around twenty books.

This is one of the charts that I consolidated with another. I was keeping track of my arc’s vs finished copies, and separately, I kept track of owned, library borrows, and Kindle Unlimited borrows. So, while technically I am in possession of all the arc’s I read, I don’t think I’m going to mark those as ‘owned’ books anymore. I’m changing this to more accurately track the comparison between the books I do own versus books I get elsewhere. One big goal I have in 2021 is to read mostly books I own, but I also really want to go back to taking advantage of my Kindle Unlimited subscription. I pay monthly for this and this past year it was really a waste of money. There are many authors I really like that have all their books on KU and I want to catch up on the books I’ve missed by them.

This graph is actually pretty similar to the one I had for last year. I read many new releases this year. I bought quite a few and borrow some from my library. This is one of the graphs that I really want to look different when I make this post next year. I don’t want to get so sucked into the hype of new releases. I want to read mostly the backlist books I own, buy the handful of new releases written by my auto-buy authors, and maybe borrow other new releases from the library. I don’t know how successful I will be, but I’m hoping to make it so this chart looks almost opposite what it does here. Do you read more backlist books or new releases?

This graph marks the page numbers for the books I read in 2020. This one also looks pretty similar to the one from last year. Though, I will say that I read one or two bigger books for each category than I did last year. I have little to say about this one, I’m happy with this. I like long books and short books, so I don’t really foresee this one changing in the future.

Wow, I just checked this one compared to last year. It’s almost identical. I think a part of that is because I’ve been working on really buckling down and finishing the series I’ve started. I successfully finished all the series on my list from 2019, and all the series but two on my list from Blogtober that I hoped to finish before 2021. I plan to reread and start quite a few new series in 2021, so I think this chart will look similar again in my next year end wrap up. Do you read more series or standalone?

This is always the graph I am the most excited to see when I create my end of the year wrap up. Every year, I say I’m going to try to read most widely through the genres. I’m going to branch out and try new things. In 2020, I think I managed to do that more than I ever have in the past. I read more adult books than I have in the past (which is something I really fixated on. I discovered so many new adult fantasy, romance, and science fiction books I read (and still have to read) that I’m very excited about. While I did still read a good amount of young adult book (which you’ll see in my next and final chart) I feel really good about the fact that I read more adult books and more middle grade books. I think I did pretty well reading widely, but I’m going to continue to work on this in 2021. What genre did you read the most of in 2020?

This is one of my favorite charts to see at the end of the year. As I said above, I read mostly young adult again, but I did read more of both middle grade and adult books than I did last year. I am planning to continue that trend into 2021. My owned TBR is pretty evenly half adult and half young adult with a spattering of middle grade. I’m already excited to see what this particular chart will look like for my 2021 wrap up. Some people may say that at 27, I shouldn’t be reading so much young adult but I’ve learned so much about myself this year and some of those young adult books had a huge hand in that. What age range did you read the most of?

So, there we have it. My 2020 year end wrap up, with graphs and charts! I look forward to this post every year and even though it is a lot of work to make all of the images, I had so much fun making them and seeing the final results. If you’re interested in comparing this post to my 2019 wrap up, you can find that post here. Let me know if you’ve made a year end wrap up like this one, I’d love to see it!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s 2018 Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! I was inspired by the lovely Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile to make some graphs and charts to get a visual on the statistics of my reading. She does these awesome monthly posts with all sorts of statistics like page numbers and her book ratings. Check out her November post to see what I’m talking about. She goes way more in-depth than I’m going to in this post, but I had to give her credit as my inspiration for this post. And even more credit as I was putting these graphics together because I realized how much work it takes to make them.

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The first visual I decided to make was to sort my books by genre and see how they divided up. This is the graph I was most excited to make because I really wanted to see what it would look like when I split up my reading habits like this. It’s clear that I read more young adult fiction than adult, and fantasy most of all. This shows me that next year I might try a little harder to disperse my reading a little more evenly among the genres.

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The chart for what formats I read in is another interesting. I’ve always had a preference for physical books, but I’ve moved around quite a bit in the last year and eBooks became my best friend. Making this chart I actually realized that I didn’t pick up a physical book until April. Despite this, I still read a majority of physical books. This year I also listened to an audiobook for the first time ever in August. I learned that I’m pretty picky when it comes to the audiobooks I like, but when I find ones I do like I can fly through them. I’m very interested to see how this will change year to year.

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This is the visual that became the most interesting to me after making it. It really reflects events in my life. I moved across the country at the end of April and the next few months unpacking and organizing my house and preparing for the birth of my daughter, who arrived in August. I just thought it was interesting how this graph really reflected what was going on in my life.

It was honestly so fun to make these charts and graphs and to see my reading experiences for the year in such a visual way. In 2019 I’m going to aim to keep track of the publication years of what I read so I can compare how many backlist books vs. new releases. I also want to keep track of my star ratings, though I don’t rate books here on the blog, I do rate them on GoodReads and I think it would be interesting to see how much I’ve liked the books I read over the year.

Did you do a year-end wrap-up post with any visuals like mine? Feel free to leave a link in the comments so I can see them!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.