As a book blogger, my idea of a fun New Year’s Eve is obviously making charts of my 2018 reading stats after finishing my last book of the year, and this post is exactly that- a look at some of the stats I find most interesting from my 2018 reading habits (compiled on NYE as I wave good riddance to 2018, #thankunext).
Type: As usual, YA was the predominant type of book I read, but Adult fiction made up a respectable quarter of books I read. I feel like there were a few books (mainly Christina Lauren novels) that could have been classified as New Adult but TBH I never know if they’re Adult or NA so I lumped them in with the Adult fiction titles to simplify things.
Format: I listened to a LOT more audio books in 2018 than last year (15% compared to 1%!) This was the year I actually discovered I liked audio books and that my jam is listening to them while driving or doing chores around my house. My fiance and I decided to try out Scribd and it’s been working well for us and I read a total of 12 audio books! My e-book reading also went up by about 12% from 2017 to 2018, but my physical book reading took quite a dive (down about 15%).
Release Date: In 2017 I read more back list titles than anything else (60%) but in 2018 increased my “reading books actually published in the current year” reading by 20%! I foresee this becoming a trend in the next few years- I have a lot of back list books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read that I honestly need to cull as I don’t see myself realistically getting around to reading them.
Genre: Contemporary books made up 58.5% of the books I read in 2018, a fact that I’m not surprised about AT ALL. I’d like to expand more into other genres (especially fantasy) but I also don’t want to force myself to read things I’m not in the mood for, so I’m OK with this breakdown.
Star Ratings: I recently discussed how I feel like I’ve hit a 5 star reading drought in 2018, and while there were a few great 5 stars in 2018, many of them were rereads and I just felt hard to impress this year.
- Month I Read the Most Books In: May
- Month I Read the Least Books In: September
- Number of Rereads: 6
- Longest Book Read: Heir of Fire (562 pages) (reread)
- Shortest Book Read: Keeping the Moon (228 pages) (reread)
- Number of Books DNF’d: 5
Overall, I’m not mad about my reading stats for 2018. I really started getting into audio books, had a healthy number of 4 star reads, and managed to sneak in a decent amount of rereads too (mainly due to my TOG reread but I’d like to reread more in 2019!) How did your 2018 reading stats pan out? Are they what you were expecting or did they surprise you? Let me know in the comments!