It is officially the last day of the year. Which means we finally get to leave 2020 behind! But it also means it is time for my reading stats post (aka the giant infographic that takes me WAY too long to complete, but is so much fun).
This year was my worst reading year in a while. Which should surprise no one. I’ve already taken to referring to what happened as The Great Slump of 2020, because I’ve basically been at some stage of slumpiness all year. I also did not meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books (I lowered it to 80 because I know myself and would probably have tried to cram the other 20 books into two weeks). I read less than half of what I did last year. Which isn’t the worst thing, because I still read 81 books, but I’m not super happy about it. But I did read those 81 books, so let’s get into the stats.
Like I said, this year I read a total of 81 books, which equates to just over 28,000 pages. I also listened to around 370 hours of audio, which sounds insane, but I almost always speed up my audiobooks so I didn’t actually spent that much time listening. The shortest book I read this year was The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri at 74 pages, and the longest was The Stand by Stephen King at 1,440 pages (surpassing last year’s IT by nearly 300 pages).
What Surprised Me
I know I read a lot more romance this year than I usually do, but I was pretty surprised it tied with fantasy for my most-read genre. I was also kind of surprised that I didn’t rate anything one star this year, because I honestly felt like I read quite a few duds. But I guess I was nice and gave them all two stars.
I was honestly also surprised that, in the last few months of the year, my percentage of nonfiction decreased to about 23%. I was aiming for 25%, so I guess that’s not terrible. But it is slightly disappointing. And the fact that physical books was my least-read format is a little odd. I know I listened to a lot of audiobooks this year, but I didn’t realize I had read so many more e-books than physical books. Maybe I need to return to the joy of old-fashioned paper books. Ext year.
What I’m Happy About
I am actually pretty happy about the ratio of familiar to new-to-me authors I read this year. I always love branching out and discovering new authors, and have definitely found quite a few favorites this year. I was also pleasantly surprised that I read more science books than science fiction books. Not that sci-fi is a bad thing, but I’ve been really into science books over the past few years, and it’s kind of cool that I read that many and learned so many new things.
And, even though it is definitely still something I want to continue to work on, I’m really happy with the number of diverse books I read this year. It’s not quite where I want it to be, but it’s far more than I’ve read in previous years, and that makes me happy.
What I Want to Work On
If I’m being honest, I kind of let the ball drop on a lot of things this year. I’m pretending that 2020 doesn’t count. That said, there are still quite a few areas I really want to work on.
First, I definitely want to read more globally. I didn’t expect to have done quite so badly in that area, but over half the total books I read were set in the US. I definitely could do better with reading more books set in other countries. I also want to read more diversely, more books by authors of color, and more translated works.
Other things I want to read more of: obviously nonfiction, but also more banned books, and I actually kind of want to read more historical fiction. It’s one of my favorite genres, but I tend to put a lot of those books off because they can be sad or just slower reads. But I’ve read a few books this year that have really reminded me of just how great they are.
What are some reading accomplishments you’re proud of this year? (And it’s 2020, so finishing even one book is a huge accomplishment and totally counts!) What would you like to work on in 2021?
I hope you enjoyed this post! It’s a lot of work to put together, but I’m so proud of the outcome, and it makes me happy that so many of you enjoy reading it. So thanks for reading! This year especially, I am incredibly thankful for every single one of you.
And, finally, Happy New Year! Here’s to 2020 finally being over and 2021 being a much better year for all of us!