2013 Overview – The Stats

In 2012 I read more than ever! I read a total of 203 books, 65,500 pages which makes an average of 323 pages per book. In 2011 I read 178 books so this year I read 10% more.

Here are the stats: what kind of books did I read, and where did I get them from. If you don’t like charts, look away now.


I read almost equal numbers of male and female writers. I don’t choose my books on the basis of author gender. For a while in my 20s and 30s I had a preference for female writers.


I happily read in either Dutch or English, but I have a preference for English books, it seems. This is mainly because I get offered more books from American and UK publishers than from Dutch publishers. Also, I tend to win quite a few books, and they are often English books. The last few months of 2012, I’ve got into contact with several Dutch publishers and I hope that during the new year the amount of Dutch books I get for review will increase.

Paper vs Ebook

I read more paper books than ebooks. I prefer paper books, but sometimes I get a book via Netgalley or a free download. I don’t mind ebooks for thrillers and other books that I read for the story. A literary book I prefer in paper version. I like to be able to browse the book and I find that harder on my ereader.


In Contemporary Fiction I also included Literary Fiction as I can’t always tell the difference. 🙂

I’m surprised about the Historical Fiction (13%) and Chicklit (5%) as I would say I’m more likely to pick up a Chicklit than a Historical Fiction book. The Speculative Fiction (SF, Dystopia) is not high at 8%, but I much prefer the rarer adult dystopia over the ubiquitous YA dystopia and so I don’t come across quite so many of those.

Date Published

An extremely boring graph: I tend to read mainly the latest books. Are these all ARCs from publishers, then? Not all, but I do get a lot of books that way, and they are always from the current year.

So this is where my books came from:


So, yes, almost half of the books I read came from publishers. I also made use of the library (32 books) and bought some (more than I should, obviously, although some were second-hand).

And so, what did I think of the books? I always aim for a 4 or 5 star rating. If I don’t think in advance that the book will be worthy of such a rating, I won’t read it.


Yes, the majority of my books are 4 stars or higher. In fact, lately I haven’t finished books that I think are 2,5 stars or lower and I don’t rate those anymore. 7 books suffered that fate this year. (Here’s why my ratings tend to be high).

Well, now you know all about my reading habits. But what did I consider the best books of the year? That’s for a later post…

What are your reading stats like?

Are they very different from mine?



About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

33 Responses to 2013 Overview – The Stats

  1. Plien says:

    Fun to read this. Mine would be overall Dutch, think mixed gender, maybe more female then male. Fantasy or thriller might me the most read genre. Think 3 or 4 stars will be the most rated books.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Plien, I seem to hardly read any fantasy while I used to love the Shanara books and similar. Thrillers I do like, but not back to back, just every now and then.

  2. Laurie C says:

    I don’t keep good stats on what I read, but on LibraryThing, the gender ratio of the authors was just about exactly the same as yours, also without a conscious effort on my part.

  3. Leslie says:

    I like the charts. I suppose I would need to do a spreadsheet if I want a breakdown of my reading. I hear you on those 2 star books, especially if it’s unsolicited or from the library, why suffer through them. I only abandoned a few last year but I intend to be more ruthless this year.

  4. debbierodgers says:

    I love the graphs, Judith! I’d like to see how my “genre” breakdown would look in a pie chart – and I’m so glad that you have trouble distinguishing between ‘contemporary’ fiction and ‘literary’ fiction. I’ve never really understood what ‘contemporary’ fiction is and sometimes books fit easily into more than one category!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Debbie, maybe you need a degree in Literature, but I am at a loss when to call something Literary and when not. I can recognise really well written stuff and poorly written stories (which I will only read if the storyline is VERY compelling). But otherwise, I really don’t know.

  5. Wow, that’s impressive! I have never tracked my reading so thoroughly. I read a lot, but doubt I would make it to 203 books in a year. Out of interest, how much time do you spend reading in an average week? I’m wondering if you’re a very fast reader, or devote a lot of time to it (or perhaps both!). I like your idea of producing reading stats, and think I might try this for the coming year, to get a clearer idea of my reading habits.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Andrew, I have no answer! I spent a lot of time reading, I guess, but I am also a fast reader, so that certainly helps.

      This is the first year that I kept track of the details of the books I read. I have been keeping track of the books I read via Shelfari.com but in 2012 I also kept track of details such as language, gender, source, etc. It’s fun and enlightening. 🙂

  6. I thought I overdid stats but now I want to go back and looks at mine even more closely. My most surprising number was that 25% of what I read were award nominees – booker, Hugo, nebula, nba… I’m not sure I’ll do that again but I like reading what people are talking about!

    • Leeswammes says:

      That is surprising, Jenny! I never search out award nominees, I almost avoid them because I tend to dislike them. I know there are other people who love to read award nominees, and why not? It’s fun if you like the kinds of books on the shortlists.

  7. Tiina says:

    You read over 200 books in 2012!! That’s an amazing number! Happy reading in 2013!

  8. I had a much lower average review score this year but I was just basically trying *everything* I fancied, I expect it will even out this year. 🙂

  9. theonlymrsjo says:

    Het aantal boeken is al indrukwekkend, maar het meest imponerend vind ik het totale aantal pagina’s! Ben benieuwd wat 2013 gaat brengen.

  10. Love the stats! Good job reading a close-to-equal male/female author ratio!

  11. Loved reading this! I read about half the amount you did (203 is incredibly impressive, well done) and quite a few new releases too.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Sam, I am always more attracted to the newer books but I know that that’s really just nonsense. I finished a book from 2002 today which was really good (*Star of the Sea* by Joseph O’Connor). 🙂

  12. I haven’t compiled my stats, but I imagine they’d be quite similar to yours – with the exception of the Dutch books! I look forward to seeing which are you favourite books of the year.

  13. readerbuzz says:

    So impressed with the little graphics. Lovely.

  14. Charlie says:

    That you are open about how you’ve so many 4 and 5 star reads is great. You used the library more than your own books which is pretty cool, too. Looking forward to reading about your favourites! I haven’t a clue about my own stats, still trying to work out how to make graphs.

    • Leeswammes says:

      I can only do the simple graphs, Charlie (it took me a little while to figure it out, in MS Excel). I’d love to do things like source of books X rating so I can see whether it matters where I got a book from, but I haven’t a clue on how to do a graph for that.

  15. JoV says:

    203 books is amazing Judith! and 43% of them are for review! wow. It’s amazing what you found out when you don’t even try! lol I hope you have a more exciting reading year to come!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Jo, indeed, I just gathered this information during the year, and see what comes out! It’s interesting to know – I love these posts on your blog. You know how to cross-(some verb here) the different variables too. I have no idea how to plot (say) source X rating. But I may learn, it seems useful to find out before the end of the year. Hey, a resolution!

      • JoV says:

        The clue lies with this two words : “pivot table”. it is a very powerful excel too, once you know it you will know how to lay out variables in many ways. 🙂

      • Leeswammes says:

        Thank you! That is a word to remember and work with. I used to teach SPSS on the computer – but it’s been a while. Like… 12 years or more.

      • JoV says:

        If you know SPSS then you can start talking about the sample size, confidence level and significance! lol
        p/s: I’m sure I’ll lose my readers if I start talking stats term. I have used SPSS in my post graduate business research project but I think if you teach, then you are more proficient in SPSS. 🙂 do try pivot table, it’s a breeze to create one.

      • Leeswammes says:

        Jo, I taught at a university where it didn’t really matter whether you knew enough about the subject, you were assigned to run the class anyway. I will not reveal which UK university it was, but suffice it to say that some of the students came in with F’s on their A-levels. I knew just enough to keep the class going, but Stats as such is something I’ve learned about in abundance. Studying Psychology, we had to know a LOT of stats. I think I used a program called Superanova for my research data. Analyses of variance were standard where I was. Yes, I know all about sample size, confidence level and significance (p<0.05 please!). It's just those pesky pivot tables!

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