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Last year I kept a spreadsheet to keep track of my reading in a more organised fashion than Goodreads offers, and this year one of my goals was to expand that spreadsheet. I’m not a numbers person, never have been, but I do like stats and pie charts so I decided to have a look at this first quarter of my bookish 2021 through pie charts, and see what they might reveal about me as a reader.
First of all: format. Last year, I kept separate track of audiobooks, but I didn’t distinguish between paperback, hardcover and eBook, so I thought it would be interesting to do that this year, and there are no real surprises for me here, this is pretty much what I imagined this chart would look like. Although I love paperbacks and hardcovers, and I do indulge myself regularly, eBooks are usually a lot cheaper and sometimes just easier to get my hands on.
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. Most of my books were still set in the 21st century but I love seeing that over 50% was set in other eras. I have a really great mix going on here, if do say so myself 😄 I used NA (not applicable) for non-fiction.
I was equally excited to find out Where I was reading. I do love my English thrillers so it’s no surprise that England has the largest slot here but it’s good to see a few other countries pop up. Here too I used NA (not applicable) for non-fiction.
When we look at Origin, where my books came from, it’s clear that people who claim that bloggers don’t buy books are in the wrong as no less than 76.9% of what I read in January, February and March was owned material (mostly books I bought myself, some I was gifted by friends, the odd one I won in a giveaway). ARCs are either paper proofs or eBooks received directly, the Pigeonhole is an online book club, allowing you to read certain books in staves while commenting and chatting to other readers and often the author as well.
Looking at Genre, this is actually the biggest surprise. I fully expected the chart to show thrillers are my main genre, but I did not expect to find I’d read so much historical fiction, almost double the amount of horror, nor so much non-fiction. The amount of fantasy is due to my FairyLoot challenge and Orbit who keeping tempting me with gorgeous proofs.
I totally stole this next statistic from Yvo @ IT’S ALL ABOUT BOOKS 😄 I saw in one of her Numbers posts that she keeps track of the Author, whether they are new or known to her, and I thought that would be a fun thing to keep track of as well. I have a nice balance going here, I think.
I had no idea what the Publication date chart would say, but I am happy that almost 64% of what I read was published before 2021. I do get tempted by shiny new releases but I do still manage to pick up a lot of older books.
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!