Friday, December 30, 2016

Year in Review: 2016 Reading

Happy Friday!  I'm closing out this week by talking about my favorite topic - READING!!  I've been tracking my reading through Goodreads since 2007 (I was an early Goodreads user as my friend's brother went to grad school with the person that developed Goodreads so we knew about it very early!). The last couple of years, I also kept a spreadsheet of my reading so I would have even more details!  As a math major, I just LOVE stats.  :)  So here is what my 2016 reading looked like!

How many books read? 

How many pages read?

What is the breakdown of the format of the books you read?
E-books = 28%
Hardback = 34%
Paperback = 36%
Audiobooks = 1%

What is the breakdown between male and female authors?
Female = 61%
Male = 40%

How many books did you buy?

How much money did you spend on books?

Detail the genre breakdown by percentage.
Fiction = 59%
Non-Fiction = 32%
Young Adult = 8%

Where did you get your books (library, purchased, borrowed, etc)?
Library = 50%
Postal Book Club = 5%
Owned = 38% (includes books purchased in 2016 + books I've owned for years)
Borrowed from a friend = 5%
Gifted = 1%

What month did you read the most? The least?
I read the most in January (9 books) and the least in December (3 books).

Average rating?
3.3 stars.

Breakdown of ratings:
1 star = 0
2 stars = 14
3 stars = 28
4 stars = 23
5 stars = 9

Additionally, I completed the read harder challenge.  Here are the books I completed for each category!

Read a horror book: The Shining by Stephen King
Read a book out loud to someone else: The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak (read to my friend's sons)
Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel: Blindness by Jose Saramago
Read a book under 100 pages: Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
Read a book that is set in the Middle East: Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian
Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900: The Known World by Edward P. Jones
Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
Read a book about politics, in your country or another: Without You There is No Us by Suki Kim
Read a food memoir: A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan
Read a nonfiction book about science: The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Listen to an audiobook that has won an audi award: The Age of Miracles
Read a book over 500 pages:  Winter of the World
Read a collection of essays:  Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed
Read a middle grade novel: Wonder
Read a biography: Steve Jobs
Read a book originally published in the decade you were born: Lonesome Dove
Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender: George
Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie: Shutter Island
Read the first book in a series by a person of color: Sorcerer to the Crown
Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia: The Expatriates 
Read a book about religion: 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian
Read a play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes: All the Single Ladies
Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness: Finding Audrey

And that's a wrap for 2017 posts! Do you have any fun new years plans? We are heading to Wisconsin for a good friend's wedding on New Years Eve. Have a safe and happy new year, everyone!


Charbelle said...

Interesting to read all the statistics!!! I hope y'all have a wonderful time and Happy New Year!!!

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I am so impressed that you got through the RHC! I often found myself reading three or four books in one category (collection of essays for instance) and then skipping over others entirely (graphic novel). However, it was fun to try something new! You gave a lot of books five stars! I need to go and check out your list, as I only had 4 this year that I gave five stars to. Of course, sometimes the ratings depend on my mood and a good book can become a chore if I have too many other things going on or if I take too many breaks in it.

Have fun in Wisconsin! This NYE will probably be very low key for me. I do plan on meeting up with people for a few long runs, but am looking forward to a few quiet evenings actually...Happy New Year!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I'm a stats girl too! I loved stats in university - so much so that I switched camps and from qualitative research to quantitative, and did quantitative research for both my theses so that I could analyze my data statically. So much fun, haha!

The only book I've read from your list is The Omnivore's Dilemma. I think I've read every food/nutrition book put out in the last 15 years. I am really into non-fiction.

I'm not sure if I've recommended it to you before or not, but one of my favourite books is "The Know it All" by A.J. Jacobs. I found it super funny, and I love trivia, and useless facts, so it was so great (he was on a quest to read the entire encyclopedia Britannica from A-Z, and shares the most interesting/ bizarre/ cool things he learns along the way, while telling his story). I could not put it down.

Also, two of my favourite books of all time are "The Giver" by Lois Lowry (it's for middle years students, so it's an easy read, but amazing), and "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton (same thing, for younger students), which I'm thinking you've probably already read. I read these books aloud every year, and still love them both.

For New Years we'll be in Mexico!!!!!!!

Abby said...

I love you. And that you have the statistical breakdown of the details of your reading for the year. I am going to show ryan, and not only will he be impressed but probably a bit envious. As he is also very big on organizing everything on a spreadsheet!

2016 was a bad reading year for me. I hope I do better in 2017!!

Marlys said...

Yes, an amazing breakdown! That is impressive! My reading year was not remarkable either, but you did great, especially considering the little amount you spent on buying books!

Jeanie said...

I like your very impressive stats. I track numbers and pages but not percentages. Bravo. And a big special bravo for completing the Read Harder challenge!

What new books await for 2017?!

Stephany said...

Ooh, next year I should track books I read in paperback vs hardback. I don't do that now! You've given me a few more categories to add to my already ridiculously crazy spreadsheet. :)

Amber said...

This is so interesting! I do not keep track of my books in this way. I definitely bought more books in 2017 than ever before but they were all kindle sale books so I think I still spent less than $100 on books as I never bought one for more than $5 and most were $2 - $3.

San said...

I am so impressed with your reading. 74 books! That's amazing.