I’ve been having a lot of fun looking back at my reading statistics at the end of 2017, and I’ve already analyzed some information such as Whose Books Am I Reading? and How I Used My Kindle the First Year. However, another piece of data I was interested in looking at was when during the year I was getting the most reading done. Was I reading about the same amount of books every month, or was I fluctuating depending on the month and/or season? I also have a blast making graphs, so this post was the perfect excuse to make some bar graphs!
So as I’ve mentioned before on my blog, 2017 was a great reading year for me, and also the year I read the most books (at least in recorded history- I’ve been tracking since about 2011). I figured there would be the most variety in when I was reading simply because I read more books than ever before.
As you can see, in some respects I did average a certain amount of books per month. For 6 out of the 12 months, I read 6 books per month. That number occasionally jumped to 8, especially in the winter, which tends to be when I take the most vacation time and have the most down time, so that makes sense. The two months that were major anomalies were August and April. In April, I read only 3 books. This is likely due to that fact that I was moving in April which ate up almost all of my free time on the weekends, and April is also during my work’s spring busy season. August, on the other hand, had a spike and was the month I read the most books, hitting 10. I think this is largely due to rereading a lot of books that month- 6 out of the 10 books I read were rereads, which likely led to me reading them faster.
Overall, I averaged out to 6.75 books per month. I’m pretty happy with that pace as it’s about a book and a half per week, which is manageable given my work schedule.
I wanted to compare my 2017 statistics to my 2016 stats, as 2016 was the first year I actively started tracking my books read in a spreadsheet (as opposed to just through Goodreads). There’s some similarities as well as some differences, especially as I read significantly less books in 2016 (55 books as opposed to 81 in 2017).
Once again there’s a dip in April, which is probably due to a crazy work schedule that month. There was a slight increase over the summer in July, which is likely due to the fact that I read a lot by the pool in the summer. Overall though, my reading mostly stayed flat month to month between either 4 books or 5 books. The largest number of books in any given month was 6, which was actually the average number of books I read per month in 2017!
I’m glad I was able to push myself in 2017 to make the average number of books I read the “high” number of books from 2016- as a blogger, each year I try to push myself to read at least a little bit more. In the future, I’d like to see myself take advantage of the holiday season even MORE and fit a few more reads in the November-January time frame. While I’m hoping to exceed the 81 books I read in 2017, I’ll be happy if I can at least keep the same momentum I had this past year, as I felt 80ish books is a respectable number, and allows me to read across a variety of genres and a good number of new releases, backlist, and ARCs.
Do you like looking back at your statistics at the end of the year? Have you noticed that you read a lot more or less during certain times of the year, or do you stay pretty consistent month to month in the amount of books you read? Let me know in the comments!