I love bookish statistics, and what they reveal about people’s reading habits. I enjoy it when I come across them on other blogs (for example on Magic of Books), so even though I didn’t read a huge number of books in 2016 compared to other people I know, I thought it might still be fun to see what the stats on the humble selection I did read look like… and to satisfy my nerdy appreciation for graphs and charts.
This New-Year’s-flavoured post is coming a bit late, but don’t worry, I promise this is the last you’ll hear from me about 2016!
Audio vs Print vs Ebooks
I guess you can tell I’m a fan of audiobooks. I read more than 50% of my books this way last year, and had a similar percentage in 2015. However, I’m hoping to bump up the number of print books in 2017 simply so I can read more books in total, as I don’t think I can realistically listen to more than the 2 audiobooks per month I currently manage.
My genre preference is pretty obvious and the percentages are almost exactly the same as in the previous year. Believe it or not, I’m pleased at maintaining that 20% portion for ‘other’ books – given my reluctance to read anything outside of the spec-fic genres it could be lower!
Here are the stats for a few key science fiction and fantasy sub-genres. Many of these are non-exclusive, so a book can fit several of them, i.e. a dystopia can also be a young adult novel and a low fantasy. (If you want to know how I define these sub-genres, see: 17 Common Fantasy Sub-Genres)
Year of Publication
In previous years I felt I wasn’t reading enough recently-published books, i.e. books published in the last two years. Looking at this graph, I think I can say I fixed that in 2016, though a portion of that is probably due to the fact I continued several series with recently-released sequels.
New Books vs Sequels
I am always tempted to read books by authors I’ve never read before because I love the thrill of discovering something new, but it can mean I leave a trail of unfinished series behind me. So last year I made a point of finally catching up with several series I had been intending to continue. While my new reads (i.e. first in a series and stand-alones) still outnumber my sequels, it’s nevertheless an increase for me.
Gender of Author
This is not something I feel I consciously think about when picking up a book, so I was curious to see the ratio. I admit I thought the female author percentage would be higher as I have the impression I’m mostly reading books by female authors, so it’s interesting to see that it was actually relatively even 58%-43% split last year.
Well, those are my personal book stats for 2016, but if you’re interested in some trends and statistics from the publishing world in general, I can highly recommend this article on JaneFriedman.com (if you read it you’ll notice I’m not the only person who’s developed a partiality for audiobooks in the past few years!).
Do you have similar or different reading habits to mine? Did you notice any interesting trends in your reading last year, or have you heard any interesting tidbits about book statistics in general? Let me know in the comments!