Overall, 2018 has been an absolutely amazing reading year, I have read so much more than I was hoping for, so I am really excited to look back at my reading from the year and firstly discuss whether I met my goals, and then secondly a lot of stats! Stats about books make me very happy, so be prepared for numbers!
Did I Reach My Goals?
The first, and easiest goal to assess, is how many books I wanted to read this year! I wanted to read 52 books and I have managed a grand total of…
I am so proud of this! I had ups and downs, some amazing reading months, and some that were really underwhelming, but I got to a really good number so I am very happy!
Another vague goal I set myself was to try and make a dent in my TBR and buy a lot less books… I don’t think this was too successful! I bought a lot of books at the beginning of the year and my TBR is still absolutely ridiculous! However, in the last 3 months I have bought barely any books and have been reading more books that I have been obtaining so there is a little bit of progress happening, the TBR is extremely gradually decreasing.
The first specific goal I set myself was a list of series I wanted to read, and I did read some of them but not that many! Out of the 10 series I aimed to read, I read 4, but I read a lot of different series throughout the year, just different ones to the original plan. I read:
- ‘Six of Crows’ Duology – Leigh Bardugo
- ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ Trilogy – Laini Taylor
- ‘This Savage Song’ Duology – V. E. Schwab
- Wayward Children Trilogy – Seanan McGuire
And left on the list were:
- ‘Uglies’ Quartet – Scott Westerfeld
- ‘Passenger’ Duology – Alexandra Bracken
- ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ Trilogy – V. E. Schwab
- ‘Nevernight’ Trilogy – Jay Kristoff
- ‘Delirium’ Trilogy – Lauren Oliver
- ‘Mistborn’ Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson
I am not sure which of these are going to go onto my 2019 TBR, but you can find out more about that in my next post!
The next goal I set myself was to keep track of my reading, not just when I start and finish books, but how many pages I read each day. I didn’t do this at all at the beginning of the year, but since August I have made a note every single day of how many pages I have read and it has been really interesting to see how much it varies! I try to aim for 100 pages per day but there are only two months since I started recording where I have managed this! But I accept that that is the reality of being a university student and I read as much as I can, and that will have to do for now!
That is pretty much all the goals I set for myself for 2018, I was so nice and calm with my aims, it is going to be a little different this year! To find out about my goals for 2019 look out for my next post! It is going to be far too overly ambitious probably!
So, as I said I read a total of 80 books this year, but let’s break that down a little bit! First I am going to break it down by rating, so out of the 80 books I read, there were:
5 stars: 39
4 stars: 32
3 stars: 4
2 stars: 1
1 star: 0 (I DNF if it is a 1 star)
As you can see I have a really high proportion of 4 and 5 star reads, and this may seem like I am really free in giving out high ratings, but honestly it is just because I had so much reading to catch up on that I could be extremely selective and only read the best books! Also I will say that I have become more critical as the year has progressed, so I am definitely giving out less 4 and 5 star ratings now than I was back at the beginning of the year! In addition I give a lot of stars ratings such as 3.5, but on Goodreads I tend o round up to a 4, so that will alter these stats as well!
Next up, by genre! I know I read mainly fantasy but I wanted to break it down and see it in a little more detail so here it is:
Magical Realism: 3
So yes, in total I definitely read a vast majority of Fantasy or similar books, but also quite a lot of contemporary books!
Another aspect I would like to compare is how many of the books I read were from series or were standalones. So, to the best of my knowledge (it could be that some of those I’ve stated as standalones get expanded into series) this is how many series and standalones I read:
So that is a very nice even split! Within the series category I read a mix of finished series, incomplete series and first novels. That split was:
Finished Series: 9
Incomplete Series: 5
First Book: 7
The next thing I find extremely interesting is the comparison of publication year, to see how many new releases I was reading vs backlist books, so here is how publication year looks:
Another very interesting piece of information provided by Goodreads is the longest and shortest books read and then most and least popular, so here is that information which I think is really cool to have!
The final statistic I will talk about is the average length of book I read and average time it took me to read a book! So, according to Goodreads I read 31,315 pages this year which puts my average book length at 391 pages. That seems about right to me as I mainly read YA fantasy which range from 400-600 pages on average, and YA Contemporary which range from 250-350 on average. And finally, if I read 80 books this year, that means it took me on average 4.5 days to read a book, which again fits perfectly with that I would expect.
So that is it! I will have a post coming very soon talking all about my reading goals for the next year, so look forward to that!
– Maddie Browse