Happy new year everyone, and welcome back to my blog! I’m super excited to write this post, because I love looking back at the year and I love stats and numbers. In 2018 I achieved my Goodreads reading challenge and read a total of 42 books! It’s a great achievement for me personally, but more importantly are the quality of the books I read. Definitely check out my 2017 year wrap up as well because I will often compare my numbers from that post to this one.
In this post I won’t be discussing with you my favourite books of the year… I will make a separate post for that!
Books read: 42
Total pages read: 13,367
Average rating: 3.76
Similarly to last year I read a majority of female-identifying authors, with a 2% increase from 63% in 2017. I definitely plan to increase this ratio in 2019 by consciously picking up more women authors!
As seen in my average ratings and in this graph, I was mostly very generous with my reading, with a high amount of 4-star books and 3-stars, and zero 1-star reads. I feel like I read a huge amount of okay books last year, with several highlights which of course I will talk about later in my post of favourite books of the year.
These two stats were also quite interesting to observe for my reading habit in 2018. I saw that I’ve been reading a quarter of my books in the form of audiobook, while reading a little bit less ebooks of 33% compared to 2017 where I read 32% of my books in the form of ebooks. Of course keeping in mind that in 2017 I have not started my Audible account, therefore reading no audiobooks.
Meanwhile I also started a library subscription and a NetGalley account in 2018, changing the sources of where I obtained my books. In the next graph you can see that though most of the books I read were books I own, I also read almost a quarter of my reading from my ARCs. I definitely like this number and want to keep it in this ratio, while maybe increasing the amount of books I read from the library.
This graph is another one of my favourites to observe, which is my genres! I definitely read a huge range of genres over the year as usual. In 2017 the difference between each genre isn’t as obvious as this one – mysteries and literary fiction definitely has a huge role in my reading in 2018, with memoirs quickly becoming a favourite genre.
Here you can see the amount of books I read per month, and we can definitely see a huge inconsistency, but what is life without some ups and downs, eh? Also I did not consider the amount of pages I read per month, cause in this graph you cannot see how large the books I read per month. I definitely read less in May and June because of my final paper and graduating and consequently vacationing, with another dip in November. I read a maximum of 5 books a month, making an average number of one book finished per week.
But of course length of the books I read is also important, and I made a graph of that as well. It’s obvious that I read mainly 300-400 paged books, which is quite an increase since 2017, only 35% of my books are in that page range. I definitely want to read bigger books and maybe I’ve been less intimidated with longer books this year.
Worst books of the year
Books that made me cry
Well, these are all the highlights of my reading year in 2018! I had a lot of fun making graphs and making conclusions from the numbers and percentages of my reading habits and what I can improve in this year. I had a wonderful time with my books in 2018, and though my habits and preferences have not changed much from those in 2017, I think I can definitely improve myself to read better in quality and quantity this year.
Definitely let me know your thoughts on anything I mentioned here in the comments down below, and I’ll talk to you in my next post!