It is December 31st today (well, technically it’s not the 31st yet as I write this intro, and it might not be the 31st anymore on the day you’re reading this, but it will be the 31st when the post goes up!), and I figured what better way to end 2016 than with a look at my bookish stats from the year?!
(Clearly I have a very exciting life.)
Seriously though, I’ve never looked back at any bookish stats of mine before because I never kept track of the books I read until I started blogging, so this is actually fun for me. And once I started keeping track of the books I read, I liked it so much that I couldn’t help but keep track of all sorts of things in the books (I once again refer you to my very exciting life), and now I get to share those things with you 🙂
Just a note, I’m not actually going to include names of books, but if you are curious about what books I read in a certain category, just ask me in the comments! Or you can check out my Goodreads shelves to find many of these, or you can finds books I’ve reviewed that fit into these categories here.
Another note, I only used charts for some sections because the rest had overlap and added up to more than the total which wouldn’t make any sense for a pie chart.
Total Number of Books Read: 166
Number of Rereads: 10
Shortest Book: 71 pages – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
Longest Book: 722 pages – The Alabaster Concordat by J. Armand
Average # of Pages Per Book: 284
I wouldn’t normally count books below 100 pages, but some of the classics are short, and I felt obligated to include Fracture Me because Destroy Me was over a hundred pages, and it would’ve felt wrong including one Shatter Me extra in my book count but not the other.
Fantasy Only: 130
Science Fiction Only: 24
I cannot say that I’m even remotely surprised lol.
Here’s a little more detailed breakdown of the subgenres. (These are just my own classifications, I make no claims about how anyone might classify any of these books.)
Urban Fantasy: 114
Historical Fantasy: 16
Paranormal Romance: 55
High Fantasy: 7
Fairy Tales & Folklore: 3
Metaphysical & Visionary: 5
Science Fiction: 32
Sci-Fi Romance: 4
Space Opera: 3
Genetic Engineering: 2
Middle Grade: 1
Young Adult: 43
New Adult: 14
Graphic Novels: 13
*I can’t decide whether or not to categorize a book as LGBT if the protag is bisexual but is in a M/F relationship. At the moment I’m not categorizing those as LGBT because, even though bisexual is part of LGBT, I’m worried readers might go into the book expecting a same sex relationship if I do. Thoughts?
5 Stars: 2
4.5 Stars: 12
4 Stars: 62
3.5 Stars: 44
3 Stars: 27
2.5 Stars: 4
2 Stars: 11
1.5 Stars: 1
1 Stars: 2
0.5 Stars: 1
I’m not surprised by this either. Am I, like, the harshest book rater out there? Lol. Seriously, only two 5 star reads. In my defense, I round up to 5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads when I give a book 4.5 stars, and I did have twelve of those. And this way, when I do give a book 4.5 or 5 stars, you know it’s amazing!
Types of POVs
1st Person: 83
3rd Person: 61
Both (Different for Different POV Characters): 9
N/A (Graphic Novels): 13
Funny, I generally prefer 3rd person, but this is proof that I never choose my books based on POV type and that I can enjoy any POV if it’s done well!
Female Protagonist: 90
Male Protagonist: 72
Genderfluid/Non-Binary Protagonist: 2
No Clear Protag: 2
I don’t think this really surprises me. I know I read about a lot of male protags, but they’re harder to find than females, so I end up reading about lots of females too.
Child Protagonist: 1
Teen/Young Adult Protagonist: 57
Adult Protagonist: 106
No Clear Protag: 2
This doesn’t surprise me. I do read YA, but I tend to prefer adult.
Types of Romance/Sex
M/F Romance: 100
M/M Romance: 40
M-F & M-M Romance: 5
M-F-M Romance: 4
M-M-M Romance: 3
No Romance or Sex: 14
What surprises me most about this is that I actually read 14 books that didn’t have romance or sex in them lol.
Please note that the actual words gay, straight, and bisexual were not used for every character, but, in the effort to help people find books with the types of characters they want to read about, I have classified them to the best of my knowledge.
*MC = Main Character, LI = Love Interest
Straight MC: 111
Gay MC: 39
Bisexual MC: 12
Gay-for-You MC: 1
No Clear MC/Unknown: 3
This one has a tiny bit of overlap because of love triangles and menages and whatnot, but whatever, I made a chart anyway because charts are fun.
Straight LI: 106
Gay LI: 36
Bisexual LI: 12
Gay-for-You LI: 1
No LI: 15
Mental Illnesses & Physical Disabilities
Note: I try to only categorize books as having disability if it affects the main character or the the love interest.
Mental Illness: 16
Panic Attacks: 3
Alcohol Addiction: 3
Drug Addiction: 1
Other Mental Illness: 3
Physical Disability: 10
Cystic Fibrosis: 1
Klein-Levin Syndrome: 2
Paraplegic: 1 (kinda)
Some of these physical disabilities were “cured” or turned out to be paranormal or had some sort of paranormal aspect that made them less realistic, so it’s really more like I read 5 books, but I already have some planned for 2017!
Note: I try to only categorize books as having a supernatural creature if the creature is the main character, the love interest, the antagonist, or, in some cases, a super important side character.
Regular Animal Shifters: 16
Kraken Shifters: 2
Unicorn Shifters: 1
Kelpie Shifters: 2
I am also definitely not surprised by the number of vampire books I read. Though, believe it or not, it was less than I read in 2015 😛 I feel like I really slacked on other paranormal creatures though. I mean, incubi are my second favorite, yet somehow I only read 5 books with them?? Some creatures are hard to find, that’s the problem. The only reason I read 16 shifters books was because I included important side characters. None of those books had shifter protags, and only maybe four had shifter love interests.
Czech Republic: 1
Space/Other Planets: 8
Other Realms (Including Faerie): 19
Fantasy Lands: 9
I think I did pretty good at reading books in other countries! Granted some of them only took place in one random spot and therefore didn’t actually explore the culture of the country, but still.
Wow that’s some detail! I like subgenre breakdown though and I never thought to analyze by POV. The non- human creatures part was (predictably) interesting to me- that’s cool to see. I personally would love to read more telepath/ empath/ psychic type books. I’d love to see telepaths mixed in with cyberpunk. And yeah some creatures are hard to find. After seeing this I’m tempted to go look at what creatures I read about this year!
Settings too- nice! Another thing I’m curious about now. I’d like to read more UF set in Europe. I think I read way more female MC’s due to the YA stuff.
If I could only keep track of two things, it would probably be genre and supernatural creatures since those are the most interesting to me too lol. I really like empaths simply because I love emotion in books, and when a character can literally feel the emotion of everyone around them, it usually makes for a whole of emotion in the book. And I love books in other countries because it makes for even more of an escape, like traveling to another country, you know? But yeah, it does seem that YA has more female MCs.
I really love this wrap up! It’s so unique, and I LOVE GRAPHICS!
Also – with the LGBTQ question – I reckon you classed it right! I didn’t really have a view on it, but then when you explained your logic – that made sense to me, and I’m happy that you did what you did ^_^
Happy new year, Kristen! <3
Thank you! Seriously, graphics are the best, right? Lol. And thanks for your input on my LGBT question 🙂
Happy New Year to you too!!!
I think your stats are very interesting-you certainly got all kinds of diversity in your reading! I seek out books by plot and genre so I don’t see much diversity in it or maybe I just don’t pay much attention! I hope to be reading a bigger mix of genres next year-I grabbed a few popular books from genres I don’t read as much so we’ll see how that goes. Maybe I’ll even stumble across some diversity which would be a bonus…I can’t believe I had 49 5 star reads this year! I guess my stats prove I am getting better at selecting books to my taste! Have a good New Year!
Thank you! But honestly I really just seek out the books I’m interested in too based on genre and blurbs and whatnot. It’s just that I like M/M, so I find M/M sci-fi and fantasy books that sound good, and same for books with disability, though I might be more likely to try a book I’m not sure about if it has physical disability in it. Still needs to be sci-fi/fantasy though. WOW, 49 5-star books?! Now I really feel harsh, haha. Or maybe I just need to get better at choosing 😛 You have a great new year too!
Holy charting K!!!! Wow. This is quite the post! I’m very impressed. My mini review:
“The beauty of total disclosure and feeling Totally validated – 5 stars!
I have to say I had my reservations about this post. The premise: stats..you know… numbers, percentages, CHARTS. Hummm. For god sake! That’s what I do ALL day. Because I HAVE to. It’s my job. But well I have to confess I kinda LIKE stats. Well I really LOOOVE stats. There is the beauty of digging and discovering. The thrill of total disclosure. NO MORE SECRETS. There is the truth in numbers and charts for everyone to see. And who cares about the premise anyway when it comes to this blogger? Kristen is one of those bloggers that can literally make me read ANYTHING. And she delivered, one more time! I have to say this is one of my favorite posts of hers! I guess is the unhealthy desire to feel VALIDATED, to know for instance I’m not the only one with a 4.something average rating! Phew! Or that has a weakness for charts and numbers! Or how she also agonizes over things other non blogger humans wouldn’t like whether bi characters belongs in the LGBT category or not. 🙂 And the charts were lovely, neatly done, as is customary with K. [I think she is a Virgo. She told me one but I forgot] There some predictables like USA at the top but are many more unexpected plot twists too! Like the sparklers taking the top of the creatures [really K??? 41 books about sparklers??? SMH! ] I throughly enjoy this post! I actually already reread the finale twice [because I love creatures and places]. I cannot recommend this post enough!” 😀
Ok I think you win the award for best comment of the year! I missed your comments when you were gone because they’re always so fun! Stats really are fun when they’re about something interesting. And I’m glad I could make you feel validated about your ratings 😛 And yes, I agonize over a lot of things no one else would ever agonize over because I’m just really indecisive and perfectionist lol. I’m not a Virgo though. I’m a Taurus, but shhhh, I’ve never mentioned when my birthday is on my blog 😉 But damn it, woman, none of the vampires I read about are sparkly! Don’t make me come over there and throw some of my vampire books at your head to prove it to you, haha. Seriously though your comment cracked me up so much <3
oh stop it I’m blushing. Hummm. No, don’t stop. 🙂 YOU ARE A TAURUS???? oh sorry. Ok shush! it’s just that I LOVE TAURUSES. My mom was a Taurus and my son is a Taurus. Oh no wonder I like you so much 🙂
ok ok no book throwing. peace and love my little bovine. Tauruses are supposed to be ruled by Venus. so peace and love. don’t throw them books yet! I’m gonna be getting me some of them vampires books soon so we can fangirl like sparkly lunatics 🙂
Well now it all makes sense why you like me so much, we were fated to be blogger friends 😉 But psh, peace and love? Tauruses are known for being stubborn, so once I have set my mind to throwing books, I will throw books if I damn well please! 😛 But I am totally down for some fangirling over NONSPARKLY vampires!
I always love everyone else’s statistics for reading but I hate looking at my own. I have read over 200 books this year, though, and I am pretty damn impressed myself for that. I think my reading in regards to genre is quite widespread but the diversity of my characters is definitely less so. I don’t read a lot of LGBT books or read a lot of books where the MC has a physical disability. I have noticed a lot more books with mental illness coming out, though, and I’ve definitely read a few of those. Maybe I should make reading more diverse reads an aim for next year?
I’m not surprised by the main genres you’ve read because I know the kinds of books you usually read, what I am impressed by is the number of subgenres included. Who knew there were so many different types of SFF? It’s really cool seeing the breakdown of everything, though. I like physical representations of my reading. Just looks good having a good old pie chart, doesn’t it?
Lol stats are just so much fun to look at for some reason, but why not your own?! Over 200 books really is impressive, but I’m not surprised since every week I visit your blog and get all jealous about the millions of books you seem to read 😛 To be fair about the diversity though, LGBT and disability are probably the only two types of diversity I read much about. I didn’t keep track of any other types, but I know there were less. Doesn’t hurt for all of us to try and aim for more diverse reads though 🙂 The problem sometimes is just finding books that are actually the type of books/genres we like but also have diverse characters.
I think probably no one is surprised by the main genres I’ve read lol. But I do enjoy pretty much every fantasy subgenre at this point and some, though not all, sci-fi subgenres. And yes, pie charts are just fun to look at, the visual representation does make such a difference as opposed to just numbers!
Whenever I look at my stats it’s just overwhelming how I only read certain genres and there’s a whole heap of romance. I also don’t track enough details for each book to get truly interesting stats. And I have to keep my read count high otherwise how else would I justify all the books I buy? I do think it’s hard getting diversity in some genres, I know that it’s still difficult to get racial diversity in fantasy. It’s gotten better over the past few years but looking at older fantasy it is overwhelmingly white. You also don’t see as much with mental illness in fantasy. I think that would be interesting to read books which deal with something like that in a fantasy world. I’ll have to do some Googling.
But if those are the genres you like, why is that a bad thing? I mean, you did see my chart, right? Lol. But yeah, if you don’t keep track of anything, then that would be a problem when it comes to making a stats post. If you want mental illness in fantasy though, you could always start off looking at the books I’ve read with mental illness (since they’re probably all fantasy) and see if any interest you. I’m more interested in finding books with physical disability, but you’re right that it’s harder to find both of these in sci-fi/fantasy than in genres like contemporary.
I’ll browse through your books and see what I find (and see if I can get ahold of any of them). I often find fantasy with physical disabilities there seems to be a miracle solution for what ails them. Like I read one book where the MC had a severe limp from severely breaking their hip in their youth and by the end of the first book when they embraced part of their powerful magical ability their physical disability was miraculously cured and I don’t want to read that. If you find anything good I’ll have to take a read.
If you wait a week or two, I’m going to have some stuff on the blog about books with physical disability. I completely agree though, it annoys me when the disabilities are magically cured too. As for mental illness, you can check out my GR shelf or blog for those books. I know The Haunted Pub ended with the illness being cured and the Nocte Trilogy turned out to be paranormal, but I think the rest were real.
Awesome, this gives me books to work with at least. And I’ll keep my eyes open for stuff coming up on your blog then. Always good to have more books to read (I joke, but it really is).
Right? Like we need more books for our TBR lol. But it is great finding books when it’s something you’re actually looking for.
I read a lot more queer male or m/m fiction this year. I hope to read more translated works next year and more books with other letters in the Lgbt and other queer identities. I’m loving those pies and stats. It’s a goal of mine to organize and give my reading structure in 2017
Thanks! I feel like my reading itself doesn’t have much structure, I just choose what I want to read when I want to read it, but I do like keeping track of things. I kinda feel like I should try reading about different types of LGBT characters too, but part of the problem is finding books I’m interested in that have them (as great as diversity is, I’m not going to read a book with a story/genre that doesn’t interest me JUST because it has diversity) and the reason I’ve never read f/f specifically is because I prefer male characters and also, quite honestly, if there are going to be sex scenes, I’d like there to be at least one character whose body I can enjoy looking at in my head lol.
I like stats and looking back, so I don’t think that’s strange. You sure read a lot of books this year. I read 119 books which was more than I expected, so i am happy with that. I am sure I had quite some shorter reads this year and usually just count them, so that’s also probably why i read so many books.
Lots of 3.5 and 4 stars and just like me only a few 5 stars. That’s nice you only had a few lower ratings. I prefer first person, but like you said I don’t pick books based on pov, just on whether it sounds good. And I can still enjoy a book written in third perspective. The book itself is more important than the point of view, although I mostly dislike it if the point of view feels jarring or off. As long as the point of view is well written i am okay with all of them.
I probably would end up with way more female point of views though as I mostly seem to read books with female main characters. Interesting to see how close it is in your graph, you really read a lot of male point of views. I think I mostly read adult this year too, I still read some YA, but I felt like my preference did shift towards adult. You read quite some books with mental illnesses and physical disabilities, I remember how earlier in the year you where actively looking for those, so it’s nice to see you actually read a bunch of books with that. And lots of vampires, lol, that doesn’t surprise me as they are your favorite paranormal creature right? Nice to see your list of different countries. Which one did you read that took place in Germany? Also how do you keep track of these things? Just curious.
I’m glad that at least you don’t think I’m strange even if other people might 😛 119 books is great too!
Yeah, I had mostly 3.5 and 4 stars which is good. It’d be nice to have more 4.5 and 5 stars though! Exactly, if a POV is written well, I’ll have no problem with it. But it’s when I actually start noticing the POV and being pulled out of the story because it feels off, then it’s a problem. And it just seems like that happens more often with first person for me.
There are just a lot more female MCs in some genres. And I would’ve guessed that you’ve probably read more adult too. I don’t know, I feel like compared to the total I really didn’t read that many books with disability. But I did read a lot about vampires lol because yeah they’re my favorite. The book in Germany was the second book in the Girl in Between series, and you didn’t like the first book, so I can’t imagine you’ll be reading that one lol. I have a spreadsheet that I use 🙂 I really have become spreadsheet obsessed in the past year, haha.
With me it seems to happen more often with third point of view that it feels off. But at the moment I am reading a book with third point of view where I don’t even notice the point of view as it just works for the book.
I am going to give it a try and keep a spreadsheet for this year. It will be nice to be able to look back each month or at the end of the year to see what type of books I read. I just set up a spreadsheet (I used most of your categories and added some other ones, I keep thinking of new things to add and it’s getting quite extensive now), now to remember to actually update it.
Ah too bad, I was interested to read a book in Germany as I haven’t read a lot of books set there and I actually have visited that country. I DNF’d the first book, so yeah I don’t think I’ll be reading book 2.
Exactly, as long as the POV is written well, either can work.
Awesome, I love that you’re gonna try keeping a spreadsheet! My advice is to fill it in ASAP after finishing each book or you start to forget things and then it becomes a chore. But filling it in right away only takes a minute or two. I do have a couple more things on my sheet, like where I got the book (e.g. NetGalley, borrowed, Amazon) and the mood (but that’s an entirely subjective thing that I just use to remind myself how I felt about the book when I read it), but I didn’t include those in my post. I had more at the beginning of the year but removed some that I eventually decided weren’t worth keeping track of. So you could always remove any categories if you decide they’re not worth it later.
Yeah, I knew you’d be disappointed that the Germany book was that book. I’ll let you know if I ever run into any other Germany books 🙂
Yes that’s what i was thinking, if I fill it in for each book as soon as I finish it shouldn’t take too long. I also listed how I got the book, although I was planning to just list if I got it for review, bought it etc. i keep going back and forth how much detail I should include and what i want to include. I keep adding things, but indeed I can always remove them later if I decide it’s not worth it. I also decided to add which book in a series a book is, so i can see how many series starters and series enders and such I’ve read at the end of the year. I thought it might be fun. Guess I’ll see how it goes :).
I say start off with however much you want and then, if you find it’s just too much, remove some columns later 🙂 I’ll be excited to see your stats at the end of the year if you decide to keep up with the tracking all year!
I think regarding the LGBT bisexual character thing you categorised it correctly, I personally wouldn’t put it under the LGBT umbrella if it was an M/F relationship in the novel, despite the main character being bi. Although perhaps it depends on how much their bisexuality is explored *ponders* I’m totally going to overthink this now lol
I haven’t looked at my stats for 2016, I didn’t read much for about 6 months and then cheated my way to my goal with novellas *ahem* oops. I must admit that I prefer books with a male protagonist, but I seem to read an awful lot of female ones.
Your graphs were a really great breakdown of your stats (I’m such a nerd, I love pie graphs!)
Thanks for the input, I think I will just keep the bisexual classification how it is. Trying to figure out how much their sexuality is explored and whether that makes it qualify or not just sounds way too complicated. Then I’d have some bisexual books classed as LGBT, others not… that would drive me nuts lol.
Haha don’t worry, my lips are sealed about your novella cheating 😉 It does seem there are just more books with female protags though, at least in the genres I read.
Thanks, pie charts are just so much fun!
Wow. These are some fascinating stats! I like that you broke down the sex and gender too! That’s cool to look at. I also see that you only rated a few books with 5 stars. They must have been real winners. 🙂
Thanks! These were just the types of the things that interested me the most, glad you find them interesting too 🙂 And yes, I’m a strict rater lol but at least when I give a book 5 stars you know it’s a good one!
I’ve never broken my reading down like this! Super interesting. You read a lot of Fantasy/Sci-fi hahah
I think for the LGBT issue, you did it fairly. Perhaps, in the future, you could include a separate one for LGBT non-romance sort of section? Because I’m sure those who are bi would still love to read a book about a bi character even if its a m/f romance. Does that even make sense? haha
Thanks! I pretty much only read fantasy/sci-fi at this point. What’s even worse is that 2 out of the 4 I read that weren’t in that category, I only read them because I *thought* they would be fantasy/sci-fi lol.
I do have tags on my blog and shelves on GR for bisexual characters, which sounds kinda like what you’re suggesting? I just didn’t know if I should do the LGBT genre too. Everyone seems to think it’s good how I’m doing it now, so I’m just going to keep it how it is 🙂
Wow, this was super interesting! I wouldn’t list bisexual characters in m-f relationships as LGBTQ, either. I read books that are supposed to be diverse sometimes, but the diverse characteristic has nothing to do with the story, so I never list them as diverse. I think some authors do this on purpose just so they can get more interest in their book. The mythical beasts chart is fab. I might do a few of these catagories on my blog this month. I will link the post back here if I do. 🙂
So far everyone has agreed about the LGBT thing, so I’m going to keep it how it is. I think it’s actually a positive thing though in some cases when an author includes diversity but doesn’t make it affect the story. I mean, it shows that diverse people exist but still just do things that straight/white/etc. people do. And there are bisexual people in M/F relationships in real life. Almost all the books I’ve read with bisexual characters didn’t even mention it in the blurb, it was simply part of the character. There are some exceptions though. For example, I don’t like when a character has a disability but then it doesn’t actually seem to affect him or cause him any struggles at all because something like that is just an incorrect portrayal. So it just depends.
Thanks! I love keeping track of the different creatures I read about lol. Let me know if you post something with these categories so that I can make sure I check it out!
Oh, I love how you broke your stats down to very specific details! I’m pretty sure that I read more female protagonists though and probably only read 1 f/f romance and a secondary story that hinted at an m/m but these genres are not an interest to me at all.
Thanks! Female protags do seem to be the majority for everyone. That’s totally understandable about not reading f/f and m/m though. I happen to like m/m, but I didn’t read any f/f since that doesn’t interest me either.
Wow! I love the detail and all the charts!! You read so many books. Kudos to you! Also, it looks like you enjoyed the majority of them. 😀
Thanks! I’m really happy with my number of books read. Would’ve been nice to have more 4.5 or 5 stars, but, you know, can’t have it all 😉
I am going to start keeping track of things I hadn’t even thought to track before thanks to you. Hmm. So cool.
Hehe, it’s fun 😀 Can’t wait to see what sorts of thing you keep track of it you make a post at the end of the year 🙂