Here we are folks, at the start of a new year! And that means yet another yearly wrap up for you to check out! If you’re just interested in the short version, I had an amazing year and read 164 books for a total of 40,485 pages and an average of 110 pages per day. Read on if you want the nerdy breakdown!
My recent interest in audiobooks and the novella trend (primarily from Tor Books, it seems), coupled with some graphic novels, definitely helped boost my numbers far past what I’ve read in the previous years. I’ve also read some pretty chunky books this year, like Gone with the Wind and the damned Dark Tower series (regrets).
Here’s a quick rundown of the stats I track:
Average pages per book – 247
Average pages per month – 3,374
Average pages per day – 111
Average books per month – 14
Most books read in December
Most pages read in July
My goal for the year was originally 112, but I surpassed that so I adjusted it to 125. Clearly, I blew that out of the water! I also DNF’d an amazing 10 books, which is more than I have, like, in all my years combined. Let me tell you, it feels friggen awesome.
26 books were audiobooks (so they only added to my book count, not my pages) and 17 were graphic novels/comics.
I know Goodreads has different page counts than I do because I don’t bother to select the right edition on the site, but according to their stats (and I’m inclined to agree) the shortest book I read was A Whiter Shade of Christmas, which is one of the shorts that came in a PageHabit box, and the longest was The Dark Tower. The most popular was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (utterly unsurprising) and the least was A Box, A Pocket, A Spaceman (another PageHabit short). My average star rating is 3.5…so a very middle of the road year I guess. There were quite a few stinkers and DNFs, so that makes sense.
To make this even nerdier I decided to add pie charts!
Books read by month:
Pages read by month:
Now let’s check in on the goals I set for myself (groan). We know I’ve surpassed my reading goal. A subset of that was that I wanted 40% of those books to be from my “dusty bookshelf” (books that have been on my shelf for a year or more) and I failed! Womp womp. I read 45 dusty books which make up only 27% of my overall reading, but it is 15 more dusty books than I read in 2016, so that’s still progress. Here’s to next year, eh?
I think I’ve already mentioned I didn’t touch a single book from any damn series that I’ve left unfinished. Shaaaame. I also gave myself a little genre challenge and picked 6 books to read from genres I don’t frequent. You’d think I could manage to read SIX DAMN BOOKS over the course of 12 months, but NOOO. I didn’t complete that either. I only read 3 of them. Bummer.
In addition to all this, I did an end of the year purge and let go of 126 books! Unfortunately, no one but me sees the difference when it comes to the shelves, but that’s still quite a lot. Some went to friends and family, the rest I’ll probably donate (there’s nowhere I can sell them around here). But what I’m most happy about is that I managed to knock 72 books off my TBR! It’s still incredibly daunting, but hopefully, I can continue to pare it down in the upcoming year.
Regardless of not having succeeded at the (totally arbitrary) goals I set for myself, I had a fantastic reading year and discovered some damn fine (and utterly terrible) books! I’m pleased with what progress I made and all I can do is keep trying, yeah?
I hope you had a successful year as well. Please feel free to share your accomplishments…or failures! It’s all good.
Stay tuned for my best and worst picks of the year!