Since I did a post looking back at everything I did last year, I figured I do a bookish recap too! I figured I do a numbers/resolution post, but the 2016 End Of Year Survey is in the works too. I should be posting that sometime this week, and that will be more focused on the books I read last year.
Some General Stats:
- Total Books Read: 123
- Shortest Book I Read: The House On Mango St. by Sandra Cisneros at 110 pages
- Longest Book I Read: The Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson at 688 pages
- Total Pages Read: 38,445 for 115 e-books/print books
- Shortest Audio Book: Perfect by Natasha Friend at 4 hours, 30 minutes
- Longest Audio Book: World War Z by Max Brooks at 12 hours, 8 minutes
- Total Hours Listened To: 73 hours, 31 minutes
5 Most Read Genres:
- Contemporary: 38 books
- Fantasy: 29 books
- General Fiction: 10 books
- Historical Fiction: 9 books
- Re-Telling: 9 books
Some Random Stats:
- 11 books were from 2016 debut authors
- 70% of the books I read were YA, 21% were adult, and 9% were NA, middle grade and children’s.
- 74.9% were from the library, 21.9% were books I own, and the remaining 4% or so were ARC’s or borrowed.
- 54% were print books, 40% were e-books and 6% were audio books.
- 62% of the books I read were 3 stars or higher, and I ended up not finishing 39 books this year. I’m not sure about how many books I re-read, but that might be something to track this year.
How I Did With Last Year’s Reading Goals:
- I read, on average, 5 diverse books every month, and overall, 48.9% of the books I read last year were diverse. I was hoping I would reach 50%, but I got pretty close, and I am determined to have half of the books I read this year be diverse.
- Apparently, one of my goals last year was to get back into reading after a reading slump. Even though I’m feeling sort of blah about a lot of the books I read this year, I did pay more attention to what I was read, and I did get out of my comfort zone a little bit.
- This brings me to not doing the Goodreads challenge last year. It took a lot of pressure off, and I feel like I was able to focus more on WHAT I was reading, instead HOW MUCH I was reading. It is a good challenge, and it definitely works for a lot of people- it worked for me for quite a few years, but at this point in my reading life, I have other things I want to focus on in terms of reading. I may come back to the Goodreads challenge at some point, but not anytime soon.
- Not surprisingly, I didn’t read a lot of the books I own. I did use the library a lot- around 74% of the books I read were from the library, but I think it’s partially because the books I own weren’t too appealing last year? Maybe? I’m not really sure.
My Reading Goals For This Year:
While we’re on the topic of goals, let’s talk about what I want to accomplish this year, in terms of reading.
- Not doing the Goodreads challenge. I talked a little bit about it above, but it was a huge relief to NOT do it last year. I have reading goals in mind, but not of the “how many books do I want to read this year” variety. It’s just not a goal for me right now, but like I said, it’s something I may come back to in the future.
- Half of the books I read this year will be diverse/#ownvoices! I was so close to that number last year, but more importantly, it’s really important to me that I keep reading books that are about and written by people from marginalized groups.
- I also want to read more translated books! Shadow Of The Wind was really interesting, and I really liked The Vegetarian, so I am determined to find more translated books. I’m always looking for suggestions!
- This year, I really want to listen to more audio books! I feel like there isn’t enough time in the day for audio books and podcasts, but this year, I want to listen to at least one audio book a month.
I think that wraps it up. Have a great week!