Wow, I can’t believe 2018 is over already! It feels just like yesterday I was filling out my 2017 stats. 2018 was a whirlwind of activity and reading. and blogging. I had a lot of ups and downs but overall was a pretty great year despite everything.
Some General Stats
- In 2018 I read a total of 205 books, manga, and novellas, 156 of which were speculative fiction which equated to 74% of my reading. This is about average for me.
- 187 New Reads and 18 Re-Reads
- Of the 205 books they consisted of 98 different series, 2 story collections, and 32 Stand Alone novels from 114 different authors.
- Most read author – Jim Butcher with 14 books, but no surprise since I was working on Dresden Files throughout the year.
- There were 13 other instances where I read 3 or more books by the same author – so I did go on some author ‘binges’ a few times.
Reading Goal – Read More Sequels
Once again, one of my reading goals was to read more sequels and finish up some ongoing series I’ve started. How did I do?
- 22 books were the FINAL book in a series (woohoo!).
- 35 books were the MOST RECENT book of a series (caught up–for now!).
- Although out of the 35 MOST RECENT, 17 of those were FIRST in a new series.
- Even though I read 61 total FIRST in a series books, overall I did much better than last year (30% were FIRST books this year vs 39% last year).
- I read a higher percentage of sequels this year (53% compared to 45% last year).
To sum up this part, yes, I did improve over last year percentage-wise. YAY!! But because I read so many more books I did also start a lot more series overall compared to last year. Good thing a lot of the books I’m looking forward to this year are sequels! 😀
Reading Throughout The Year
I tracked my reading by month and season again because I continue to be a nerd. I always think it’s interesting to see which parts of the year I do most of my reading.
- No surprise at all to me that December was the highest reading month with 36 books read because I was on a full out reading binge trying to make 200 books before the year ended.
- July was the lightest month with only 11 books read.
The seasons are fairly even although I did read a little more in Spring and Fall than Winter and Summer overall.
Self-Published Books vs Traditionally Published Books
One of my informal goals last year was to read more self-published books. Overall I did a great job–I read A LOT more self-published books than last year! Last year I read 4 self published books, only 4% of my reading. This year I read 41 self-published books, 20% of my reading.
Library Loans, Review Copies, and Book Format
A couple of years ago I got into reading through audiobooks and it’s had a huge impact on my reading and how many books I can get to in a year. This past year I started picking up more ebooks as well, ever since I got a new phone the previous Christmas with a bigger screen…well I just read a lot of books on my phone! I find it super convenient because I pretty much always have my phone with me and I don’t have to carry any extra items around with me. Also, I can just whip out my phone and read a few pages whenever I have some down time. This has resulted in a HUGE uptick in my ebook consumption over last year.
- I read 90 ebooks in 2018 vs 6 in 2017!
- Ebooks were 44% of my reading this past year!!!
- I read slightly less number of audiobooks in 2018 – 69 compared to 74 in 2017
- Percent of audiobooks read went down from 72% to 34% but that makes sense considering I read a lot more books overall–only so much listening time allotted!
- Percent of physical books remained the same at 22%
My library loans went down a lot compared to last year. In 2018 I read 22 library loans compared to 50 in 2017. That’s probably a good thing because I need to work on reading from all these books I have sitting around my house and on my electronic devices. That said I probably spent more money on audible since I usually listen to a lot of books through Overdrive…whoops!
Here’s the breakdown of library books by format:
Review Copies and ARCs
Last year I started receiving some ARC’s and copies of books from publishers and authors for review purposes. Overall I read 24 books for review purposes! Not an overwhelming percentage of my overall reading but I suspect this will go up in 2019.
Here’s the breakdown of ARC’s and review copies by format:
|ARCs||Other Review Copies||Total|
Genres, Subgenres, and Publication Year
Genre breakdown: Fantasy – 140 books (68%), Science Fiction – 16 books (8%), Romance – 41 books (22%), Other Fiction / Nonfiction – 8 books (4%).
I didn’t read a ton of genres last year, mostly speculative fiction genres and romance. I was a little surprised that my science fiction numbers were so low–it felt like a lot more!
I barely did any reading in nonfiction, mystery, or historical fiction. I’d like to read more of those genres in 2019 but it’s tough because I love spec-fic so much! We’ll see what happens!
For speculative fiction I’ve done a breakdown by subgenre to the best of my ability. Subgenres especially are tricky because there is so much overlap and sometimes books qualify for more than one! I put them where they felt right to me. I also had several that I couldn’t really think what fit best so put them under a general ‘fantasy’ label.
- Urban Fantasy was my most read subgenre with 33 books!
- Next highest actual subgenre was Epic Fantasy with 15 books!
YA vs Adult
76% of books read were Adult, vs 24% YA. This is about the same as last year. I read 72% adult and 28% YA last year so just slightly more adult fiction this year.
|Adult Books Read||156|
|YA Books Read||49|
I like tracking this as well, just to see if I’m reading more recent stuff or if I’m catching up on older books. No surprise, I’m reading mostly recent stuff–about 71% of the books I read this past year were published within the last 5 years.
- The oldest book I read was published in 1962 – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.
- The newest book I read will be published in April of next year – Lovestruck by Kate Watson.
- I read books published in 30 different years.
- In 2018 71% of books I read were published in the last 5 years in vs 48% in 2017.
- The most read year was 2018 with 62 books!
- The next most read year was 2017 with 37 books.
In previous years I’ve spent a lot of time playing catch up with new releases and while I do have some from 2018 I still need to get to, I read a lot of new books last year so I have less to catch up on in that regard. Woot!
Here’s a breakdown of books read by decade:
|Decade Published||# of Books Read|
Diversity of Books and Authors
Diversity of Authors
I’ve broken down my diversity stats by overall books read and then by just the SFF books I’ve read. I’ll be honest, I was a little bit surprised by some of these numbers.
Total Books Read:
- Out of the TOTAL 205 books 38 (19%) were by male authors, while 163 (79%) were by female authors, with 4 (2%) co-authored by male and female teams. I read zero books by non-binary authors.
- Out of the 114 unique authors, 17% were male, 81% were female, and 2% were male/female co-author teams.
- Out of the TOTAL 205 books 35 (17%) were written by an author of color while 170 (83%) were written by white authors.
- Out of the 114 unique authors, 16% were an author of color while 84% were white authors.
Speculative Fiction Books Only:
- Out of 152 SFF books 36 (24%) were by male authors, while 112 (74%) were by by female authors, with 4 (2%) co-authored by male and female teams.
- Out of 89 unique SFF authors, 22% were male, 76% were female, and 2% were male/female co-author teams.
- Out of 152 SFF books 26 (17%) were written by an author of color while 126 (76%) were written by white authors.
- Out of 89 unique SFF authors, 16% were an author of color while 84% were white authors.
I thought I had read MUCH more diversely this past year. But maybe it’s just that the vast majority of my favorites were by diverse authors so they stuck out in my mind more? Not sure. Either way, for Speculative Fiction books, my numbers did go up a tiny bit compared to last year but there’s still a lot more I could make an effort to improve on.
Diversity Within Books
Like last year I didn’t do a great job of filling out my spreadsheet as I read and instead filled it in a few times in huge chunks so this may not be 100% accurate as I was going off of my memory. Still, I think it’s fairly accurate.
Total Books Read:
- Like last year, even though the VAST MAJORITY of the books I read were by female authors, the genders of the protagonists were more evenly split (compared to author stats). 41% female, 21% male, 34% combination, and 4% non-binary and unspecified.
- There were also a lot of books (70 total) with two or more protagonists that were a combination of male, female, and non-binary genders.
- 22% had protagonists of color.
- 38% of books had some LBGTQ+ characters
Speculative Fiction Books Only:
- The percentages for protagonist gender in SpecFic is 49% female, 25% male, 21% combination, 5% non-binary and unspecified.
- 32 books in total had a combination of male, female, and non-binary protagonists.
- 20% of books had protagonists of color.
- 44% of books had some LBGTQ+ characters.
I tend to rate books based on how they made me feel and how they were executed as a secondary, so my ratings tend to be a little on the higher side. Even so I was a bit surprised by my goodreads ratings this year.
- I had ZERO 1-star reads and only ONE 2-star read.
- The vast majority of my books were 4-star reads (106)
I think one of the things that made my ratings so high is that goodreads doesn’t have half-stars (argh, when are you implementing that, goodreads?!). So, I rated quite a few books here on my blog with half stars but over on goodreads I always just round up. So 3.5 becomes a 4 and so forth. It’s not really an accurate picture, but I guess it’ll do. Maybe next year I should track by the half star and the goodreads rating in my spreadsheet….hmm.
If you want to check out what my absolute top reads of 2018 were you can see my post on that here.
Well, that was A LOT. If you read all that and stuck it out til the end, my thanks and you are very patient. 😀 Overall 2018 was a great year in books and I’m very much looking forward to 2019’s reading!
Huge differences from last year:
- read 55 more books than last year!
- HUGE increase in ebook consumption!
- read less library books 😦
- read slightly more diverse books and authors
- had an insane reading binge in December!
Do any of you have any reading stats to share? I’d love to see what others track, or interesting challenges people do. Leave a note in the comments, looking forward to hearing from you!