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2011 Reading Stats!

It’s the last day of 2011, so it’s time to compile and post my reading stats!  It’s so fun and interesting to see how my reading progresses and changes over time.  This year was especially interesting, since it was my first year out of school in…um….forever?  Seeing what I read when all of my reading is for fun was fascinating.  Also, this was the first year I owned an ereader, my kindle, which definitely impacted my reading style.  Anyway, onward with the stats!

Last year, I read a grand total of 70 books, and the year before that 52. This year? That number skyrocketed.

Total books read: 107
Average books read per month: 8.9
Month most read: Tie between August and December with 14 (Interestingly, these were the months I mostly read on my kindle. I’ve discovered I read faster on it than in print).
Month least read: Tie between January and April with 6 each (January was my first month out of grad school, so I was burned out.  I honestly don’t know what happened in April).
Longest book read: It by Stephen King with 1,090 pages
Fiction: 89 (83%)
Nonfiction: 17 (16%) (I really expected this to be higher!)
Formats:
–traditional print: 44 (41%)
–ebook: 46 (43%) (ebooks have officially taken over!)
–graphic novel: 11 (10%)
–audiobook: 6 (6%)
Genres:
–scifi: 16 (Winner for the third year running)
–horror: 13
–dystopian: 11
–humorous: 11
–black lit: 10 (Courtesy of getting to know Amy and Kinna and The Real Help project).
–fantasy: 10
–nonfiction memoir: 10
–YA: 10
–thriller: 9
–contemporary fiction: 8 (This came out of nowhere).
–mental illness: 7 (Kind of embarrassing how low this is, given that I host the MIA Reading Challenge, heh).
–mystery: 7
–nonfiction history: 7 (I want this to be higher next year!)
–european classics: 5
–historic fiction: 5
–postapocalyptic: 5
–american classics: 4
–feminist lit: 4
–paranormal romance: 4 (Way down from the previous two years).
–japanese lit: 3
–short-story collection: 3 (A new genre, yay!)
–alternate history: 2
–chinese lit: 2
–erotica: 2
–nonfiction environmentalism: 2
–poetry: 2
–romance: 2
–urban fantasy: 2
–vegetarianism/veganism: 2
–cozy: 1
–cyberpunk: 1
–nonfiction diet: 1
–nonfiction fitness: 1
–nonfiction lifestyle: 1
–steampunk: 1
Vampires vs. Zombies vs. Aliens vs. Demons:
–zombies: 7 (Success! I wanted them to win this year 😉 )
–vampires: 4
–aliens: 3
–demons: 2 (Poor, poor demons).
Numbers of stars:
–5 star reads: 20 (19%)
–4 star reads: 48 (45%)
–3 star reads: 29  (27%)
–2 star reads: 7 (6%)
–1 star reads: 3 (3%)

What I found most fascinating in assembling these stats was that I apparently read much faster on a kindle than in print.  Why is this?  Maybe the screen makes my brain remember its speed-reading lessons from middle school that I did on a screen?  Maybe the lack of physical knowledge of how much is left keeps my enthusiasm up?  I’m not sure.

I’m really pleased to see that my serious reading went up.  Now that I’m out of school, I can read up on the topics that I myself want to know more about, and I did!  I hope that my environmental and veg reading will increase next year.  I also hope to continue to see a strong showing in black lit and an increased showing in Chinese and Japanese lit.

Overall, this was a great reading year.  My first year getting over 100 books!  Stay tuned for my reading goals 2012 post.  Any suggestions?

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  1. December 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations, 107 books is amazing! I hope 2012 is an even better year for you 🙂

    My review of 2012 will be posted tomorrow, I always find it hard to sum up a whole year, so I cheated and used a meme 😛

    • January 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Thanks! I took it easy on myself and set a goal of 110 books. Hitting 107 was enough of a challenge in and of itself!

  2. December 31, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I’m always surprised by what the yearly statistics tell me. I think I also read faster on the Kindle, for the record. I don’t know why. There’s something about it which just makes me whip through books.

    • January 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Yes, it’s sooo much fun compiling them and being surprised by what you find out. I am sure someday soon someone will do a study on reading speed on the kindle vs. print. Lol.

  3. cglnyc
    January 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Amazing! I would not want to compile such a list. It would be very, very short!

    • January 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Oh….mine was too the first year I did stats, lol!

  4. January 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

    107 is fantastic. But the fact that a majority were good reads is even more impressive> It’s soo good when we enjoy our books. I will have to get a kindle then and soon as I want to read more this year.

    • January 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      I was so so happy. My goal was 100, and I was shocked when I went past it. I encourage all readers to get a kindle. They are so convenient and easy-to-use!

  5. January 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Clearly you need to read more demons this year.

    • January 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      It’s important to focus on the important things, after all. Like demons.

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