2013 Overview – The Stats
January 5, 2013 33 Comments
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.
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.
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?