Hello readers! Today, I’m gonna show you all my reading stats from the first three months of the year. I have added quite a few new stats to keep track of since last year, and I just love to have so many.
In 2020, I used Book Riot’s spreadsheet to keep track of all my stats, but this year I managed to create my own using Google Sheets. I looked over a lot of other people’s spreadsheets, took all my favorite elements from them, and smashed them together into my own.
Please make sure to give this post a like if you did, and comment down below and let me know how you are doing on your reading goals in 2021 so far. I am doing well on some and not great on others.
In the first quarter of 2021, I read 16,097 pages across 49 books, with 328 average pages per book. Does anyone else keep track of their average pages? I have been doing so long for probably ten years or more.
On average, it took me 2.5 days to finish a book. I don’t know about anyone else, but I love finishing books quickly. The longer I read a book, the more likely I will DNF that book, or go into a reading slump.
I decided in 2021 to stop reading so much YA, and focus more on Adult and Middle Grade books. So far, I think it is for the better. I don’t dislike YA now or anything, I just wanted to branch out. In 2020, I read around 5 New Adult books, and hated most of them. However, in 2021, I have enjoyed the ones I have read so far. I just might be honing in on what I do like within the New Adult age range. I also think a big reason why Middle Grade is the biggest chunk is because of Middle Grade March.
The left chart is the gender or genders of the authors, and the right one is the gender or genders of the main characters in those books. Slowly over the past few years, I have read more and more female authors. I used to read majority male authors, and I personally don’t try to shift this one way or another, I just think it is interesting to keep track of. I haven’t read many nonbinary authors this year, and I do need to change that VERY soon.
In 2019, I had around 90% print, and in 2020, it was 80% audiobooks. This year, I am really trying to mix up my formats. As I mentioned in my last post, I also bought a new Kindle this year, so I have been getting back into ebooks. I think mixing up my formats has allowed me to read more, as I can manage multiple books at once.
This chart shows the percentage of stand alone books versus the books in a series. 1st means 1st book in a series, and last means the last book in a series. I can say I’ve only finished 1 series in 2021, and have started 16. However, in the case of 4 of those series I started, there is only 1 book published so far. Additionally, I have caught up with 2 other series. It makes me feel a little bit better knowing that I have caught up few series, but finishing would be better. I made this rule for myself to read, at the least, 3 books in any series each month, and I think I might up that in the second quarter, because it isn’t doing what I thought it would.
The left chart is the actual publisher of the books I’ve read, and the right one is the main publisher. This is something I haven’t tracked before, and I thought would be interesting to see where my reading fits. I can’t believe how many subsidiary publishers there are!
This is my breakdown of genres. I get genre fatigue so easily, so I mix up my genres a lot. I didn’t even read adult high fantasy or mystery/thriller books this time last year, and they are now in my top 3 genres. It doesn’t surprise me that Literary Fiction is one tied with the highest, because I love books that devastate me.
If you read my post on how I rate books, I said I hadn’t given a book 1 star since 2018. I must have cursed myself, because I have now rated 2 books 1 star. I almost had an equal number of 3 star books to 5 star books in 2020, and I really don’t want that to happen again. I’m really happy with my rating so far. Even with 1 and 2 star books, they help me to learn what I don’t like in a book, and I can appreciate that.
This is another one I just started tracking in 2021, though I really wanted to last year. I have been reading majority books published in 2019-2021, however I do have a fair amount from other years.
This is a breakdown of where I am getting the books from that I’ve been reading. In 2020, 50% of all the books I read came from Libby, so I am happy to see that I am mixing it up. I just started getting Netgalley books in February, and I read 3 Netgalley books in Febraury and March. As of right now, I have 3 others, so that number will be slowly going up.
This one shows the books that I bought or acquired on the left, which is 39. The right shows how many of the books I have read of the books I bought in that month, which is 15. I didn’t have to read the book in the month I bought it, it just tracks how many of the books I did read of the books I acquired in that month. I don’t mind buying a lot of books, I just want to make sure I am reading the ones I do acquire.
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