After pretty much unanimous feedback on my previous post about whether rereads should count towards reading goals, I decided to update my reading stats spreadsheet for 2021 to include the audiobook re-listening springs through The Princess Diaries and The Mediator series.
That, plus the fact that we have basically two months to go in the year, prompted me to reflect on my reading progress for the year to see how my goals are sitting, and whether there’s anything I want to make sure I check off before we ring in 2022.
I wrote about this new spreadsheet system for tracking my reading earlier this year, courtesy of Book Riot, and I am happy to say I’m still very much enjoying it (though, going back through and adding 20 audiobooks to the list in one go was a bit on the taxing side). Now, let’s see how a few of my key stats stand as we round out the year.
Total Books Read
Originally, I set out to read 50 books this year. When I hit that a few months ago (!), I set a higher goal of 75.
When I plugged in my audio rereads, I hit this goal, too. I’m not sure I want to set a new goal at this point, but rather just keep reading through the rest of the year and see where I get.
I don’t think quantity is the end-all, be-all goal of a reading year. I feel like I’m a fast reader, and yet some book bloggers and bookstagrammers leave me in the dust! Rather, setting a goal helps me remind myself that reading is something I enjoy and that I want to make time for, and it’s fun to see how many books I can read in a year.
One of the things the fancy reading spreadsheet tracks is format. Before I plugged in my rereads, audio had a much smaller slice of the pie. Typically I only read one audiobook a month and patiently wait for my next credit before buying more because I’m disciplined like that.
But my usual audio habits are no match for Meg Cabot and childhood nostalgia, apparently, and thus, audio has claimed a larger slice of my pie this year. I suspect this percentage will tick back down a bit prior to the year’s end, since I’m on Book 6 of the Mediator series now, with only 1.5 to go (Proposal is a novella, and I don’t think I’ve actually read that one before).
Another chart that shifted pretty significantly once I slotted in my audio rereads. Prior to adding in these books from the early aughts, my pie was largely books published in 2020, since I seem to lag about a year behind when I’m not reading arcs. The chart doesn’t have a good way to reflect the handful of future publications I read as a book blogger, so the percentages aren’t really the full picture of my reading this year.
I think the only change for this stat from now to the end of the year will be that the newer books will edge closer to the lead, as I’ve got a lot of holiday reads planned that came out this year.
The last chart I’d like to share for today’s post is my genre breakdown. It’s funny that I hadn’t read an adult romance novel at all when I first started this blog’s former self back in 2015. Now, romance takes the primary bulk of my chart, probably because publishing romantic comedy books has become more popular in recent years (I prefer my love with some lols and still don’t read many romances that aren’t also billed as funny).
I will say, I think the genre options for this spreadsheet are a little limited, as there isn’t much space for books that are a little more wibbly wobbly in their genre. I had to have a think about whether the paranormal romance, ghost-buster business that is Mediator series should fall into fantasy or romance, since both aspects are key components of the books. Were I skilled enough at Excel to make the spreadsheet stats include subgenres like paranormal romance, women’s fiction, and romantic comedy, I would so so. Alas, I am not.
There’s plenty of other interesting stats on offer, but these are the key ones that are interesting (at least to me) at this point in time. In all, I’m pretty satisfied with the variety of books I’ve read this year, even if I did indulge in a lot of feel-good romances as my pie chart attests. I also tried out some thrillers and mystery/crime novels, which were both genres I don’t normally read. Heck, I even accidentally read a horror novel (thank goodness it was YA).
I’ve asked it before and I’ll ask it again because I never stop wondering–do you track your reading in any way? If so, do any of the stats or patterns in your reading life surprise you?
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