2011 Reading Stats

This is the second year that I’ve kept track of my reading stats in this much detail, and so can make comparisons.

Challenge-wise, I completed one more challenge this year, but failed at the same number. As for quantity, I read two less books this year than last year.

With intended reading age, I read much less middle grade fiction this year – only 4% of my total reading. Part of this is because my kids are growing up, and so a lot of our read-alouds this past year have fallen into the YA category. I skewed more to the adult side of things than YA – about 70/30, whereas last year, it was closer to 60/30, with about 10% falling into the middle grade category.

My reading taste in genre stayed pretty much the same. Speculative is still my most-read genre, with contemporary fiction a close second and historical fiction coming in third, same as last year. I read more non-fiction this year, which I enjoyed very much. It looks like I read a lot less poetry, but I’m actually in the middle of two giant anthologies that I won’t finish until well into 2012, so that number is a bit deceptive.

One of my main goals in 2011 was to take on less review books. I failed miserably at that goal, with 24% of my reading being review copies in 2010, and a whopping 31% this year. This is a goal I plan to work on again in 2012.

Lastly, when it comes to the gender of the authors I read, I skewed more to the female this year.

Completed challenges: 16

Failed challenges: 5

Total books read: 192 – complete list with links to reviews

Reading age:
Adult 68%
Young Adult 28%
Middle Grade 4%

Genre:
Speculative 32%
Contemporary 28%
Historical fiction 16%
Non-fiction – history 6%
Mystery and Thriller 5%
Graphic novels and graphic memoirs 3%
Essays 3%
General non-fiction 1.5%
Poetry 1.5%
Short fiction 1.5%
Christian fiction 0.75%
Christian non-fiction 0.75%
Humor 0.5%
Western 0.5%

Format:
Print 64%
Audio 29%
E-book 6%
E-mail 1%

Source:
Library 36%
Own 29%
Review 31%
Borrow 3%
DailyLit 1%

Author gender:
Female 77%
Male 20%
Mixed (anthologies or jointly authored) 3%

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10 Responses to 2011 Reading Stats

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I love stats like this. I should keep better track of my reading next year.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – it was a lot easier this year, as I did it as I went along. I simply started a spreadsheet at the beginning of the year – and I plan to do the same for 2012.

  2. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    I want to do better this year at keeping up on my stats… yesterday I spent hours going through all my posts – counting books and audio and breaking it down by month… same with the challenges. I need to better at frequently updating ;)

    192 books? AWESOME!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sheila – It is definitely hard to do if you don’t keep track as you go along – last year, I went through my list of books read and figured it all out, and it took forever. This year, I started a spreadsheet at the beginning of the year, and kept it updated (mostly) as I went along. Much easier that way!

  3. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    I’m impressed by your library stat! I have a serious book buying problem. :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trisha – I definitely bought less this year than last year, with my husband being unemployed, but still bought more than I should have with the number of unread books still sitting on my shelves. And beside my bed. :)

  4. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    Great stats! I’m really impressed at how many challenges you completed. Happy New Year!

  5. Kailana says:

    I always enjoy reading stats, but then I do a terrible job of doing them myself.