This post turned out to be fun when I did it last year, and people seemed to like it, so I figured I’d do it again! I mean, I kept track of the stats again, so why not put them to some use? And almost everyone likes graphs 😉
(If you’re wondering how I got all these stats, the answer is that I have a spreadsheet I fill in after I finish each book. So my numbers for some of these things probably aren’t perfect, but they’re close enough!)
Total Number of Books Read: 164 (There were some webcomics and things I wasn’t sure how to count, but close enough.)
Number of Rereads: 16
Number Reviewed (Full): 120
Number Reviewed (Mini): 28
I’m surprised I reread so much, but they were all good!
Shortest Book: 47 pages – Starfighter Ch. 1 by Hamlet Machine (if you count webcomic chapters)
Longest Book: 514 pages – The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Average # of Pages Per Book: 265
I don’t much attention to page numbers while reading, but this is about what I would’ve guessed.
Before 2000: 4
I figured 2017 would have the highest number. Interesting that I read more books from previous years.
Big 5: 19
Not entirely sure I got these numbers right, but close enough! And this doesn’t surprise me.
Series Book: 126
Incomplete Abandoned Webcomic: 2
I do always say I’m a series person—here’s the proof! Some of the series ones were those types of series that have different main characters in each book, which are not my favorite since that’s more like a standalone to me, but it was too complicated to try and separate those from the count. As for the webcomics, one of them wrote out an explanation for the rest of the story arc, so I at least got the complete story. The other one I had thought was completed, but it wasn’t, so that sucked.
Fantasy Only: 126
Science Fiction Only: 34
Wow, I actually went an entire year reading nothing but fantasy and sci-fi!
Here’s a little more detailed breakdown of the subgenres. (These are just my own classifications. I make no claims about how anyone else might classify any of these books.)
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: 93
Historical Fantasy: 11
Paranormal Romance: 21
High Fantasy: 18
Fairy Tales & Folklore: 1
Metaphysical & Visionary: 1
Sci-Fi Romance: 3
Space Opera: 10
Genetic Engineering: 1
Young Adult: 19
New Adult: 11
Graphic Novels: 26
This looks about right. Paranormal/urban is my favorite, but I’ve also started liking historical and high fantasy in the past year or two. The most surprising number here is that I read 10 space operas. And 4 westerns lol. I tried SFF western for the first time this year and really liked it though! The other surprising numbers are graphic novels and webcomics. This was the first year I tried webcomics, and I also just read more comics in general it seems.
5 Stars: 2
4.5 Stars: 14
4 Stars: 50
3.5 Stars: 47
3 Stars: 33
2.5 Stars: 8
2 Stars: 6
1.5 Stars: 2
1 Stars: 1
0.5 Stars: 0
I was hesitant to even include a chart with my ratings because I went through (and still am going through) a bit of a rating crisis. I don’t even know what my ratings mean anymore. But this is about what I would’ve guessed my chart would look like since I’m a little too nice sometimes and do give mostly 4 and 3.5 star ratings, a moderate amount of 3 stars, and significantly less for the upper and lower ratings.
1st Person: 52
3rd Person: 79
Both (Different for Different POV Characters): 7
N/A (Graphic Novels): 26
I don’t choose books based on POV, so these numbers could really be anything and they wouldn’t surprise me.
Male: 110 (including one trans man)
No Clear Protag: 8
I noticed I was reading about more male protags this year, but I do tend to like them more, so this isn’t surprising.
Child Protagonist: 2
Teen/Young Adult Protagonist: 31
Adult Protagonist: 116
Teen & Adult (story jumped forward in time): 1
Unknown/No Clear Protag: 14
I’m not surprised. I noticed that I started reading a lot less YA this year.
This has some overlap because of love triangles and menages and whatnot.
Established Relationship: 17
Sex but no Romance: 4
No Sex or Romance: 24
I’m just surprised that I read so many books with no romance.
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: 27
Panic Attacks: 7
Alcohol Addiction: 1
Drug Addiction: 2
Rape Trauma Syndrome: 1
Selective Mutism: 1
Eating Disorder: 1
Other Mental Illness: 3
Physical Disability: 21
Scars/Physical Differences: 5
One Eye: 1
Huntington’s Disease: 1
This breakdown is kind of interesting. I like that I read about a fairly wide variety of different disabilities.
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.
Vampires being the most read is no surprise. But it is surprising that my second most read about creature is shifters since I don’t even like those very much.
Alternate USA: 1
Space/Other Planets: 15
Other Realms (Including Faerie): 18
Fantasy Lands: 22
I’m kind of disappointed I read so few books set in countries outside the US. I’m also surprised that I read so many set in fantasy lands since I didn’t used to read much high fantasy.