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This is my fourth year of keeping a spreadsheet to keep track of my reading in a more organised fashion than Goodreads offers, and once again I’ve tweaked it a little to find out a little more. I’m not a numbers person, never have been, but I do like stats and pie charts so once again I’m going to have a look at my bookish year through pie charts, and see what they might reveal about me as a reader, or how I might have evolved since I first started keeping track.
This is what my bookish July, August and September look like in pie charts:
First of all: format. As always, a mix of audiobooks, eBooks and paper books, what can I say, I love books in any shape or size! A lot more paper, a little more digital and quite a bit less audio, this time around.
I have been trying to diversify my reading, finding I’m really enjoying historical fiction, so I started keeping track of When I was reading. Compared to the previous quarter, I read about 4% more books set in the present, which is an evolution I don’t really like, but I did manage to read a few other eras, as well as some non-fiction and fantasy, so all in all, I’m rather happy with this chart.
I was equally excited to find out Where I was reading. England is fighting to come back from its all-time low, USA once again takes the top spot, which comes as no surprise because I’ve been trying to visit all the states. And I did manage to visit quite a few other countries as well, I love this chart!
Speaking of the US states, would you look at this gorgeous chart! I managed to visit a whole bunch of new states and at this point, I only have one state left to visit: Kentucky. Let me know if there are any books set in Kentucky that you would recommend!
And for those of you who like maps:
Looking at Source, where my books came from, I’m happy I cancelled my KU subscription after the trial period, because I clearly managed to read more of my own books. ARCs and NetGalleys have dropped a little lower, I’m obviously still very picky about the books for review I accept or request. And I’m still taking full advantage of my Scribd subscription. A few months ago, Scribd seemed to cut me off very early in the month, but for the last couple of months, I’ve been able to read what I want when I want, so I’m once again very happy with this subscription.
Looking at Genre, I obviously read a lot more thrillers than in the previous quarter, to the detriment of pretty much all other genres. Still, a nice mix, I’ve done well, if I do say so myself 😂
Looking at known-to-me vs new-to-me Authors I read, I’m surprised, actually. These are almost the same percentages as in the previous quarter, only this time, I read a lot more books by authors I’ve read before. This seemed really weird at first, but considering it, I think I continued quite a few series and some known-to-me authors had new books out in the last couple of months.
Last year I tried to read as much from my backlog TBR as I could (inspired by Lisa @ OwlBeSatReading), so I looked at when I bought the books I read, or, in case of books read through Scribd, when I added them to my wishlist… I still haven’t been able to #BeatTheBacklog, I still said #BallsToTheBacklog too often, but this is a huge improvement compared to the previous chart (2023: 79.3% 😱) and I’m actually rather happy with it.
In terms of standalones, series or duologies, I seem to have read a lot more series than in previous quarters, which I do think explains the large percentage of known-to-me authors, at least in part.
In terms of books in their original language vs books in translation, this chart is definitely less sad than the previous quarter’s. I’m glad that I got to read a few more translations, I think a lot of these were Nordic fiction.
Baby steps, but I did manage to reread a little more than in the previous quarter, which I’m really happy with.
Well that’s it for today, if you made it here thanks for joining me and sticking it out 😄 Do you keep track of your reading, would your pie charts look anything like mine or not at all? Let me know below!