2013 Reading Stats

One lesson I learned from my 2013 stats before I even made this post is to keep track of all of this information as I read throughout the year, because going back and finding all of this at once was a huge pain in the ass. I read, by my definitions, 352 books during 2013, and throughout this post, I’ll break it down into several categories.

As you can probably see, though I’ve been told I’m really picky, I actually like the bulk of the books I read. Of the books which I actually rated (discounting a couple books I did not review), roughly 80% of the books I read I gave positive ratings to. That doesn’t sound so brutal, now does it? My most common rating was 3 stars, but 3.5, 4, and 4.5 star ratings are also quite common. I’d like to see my ratings continuing to rise, as I embrace DNFing and do a better job of choosing books. Reading a bad book can be cathartic sometimes, but if I hated everything I read, I would not be able to keep reading. At least 3 out of 4 being ones I enjoy seems the minimum ratio of negativity that would be sustainable without putting me off reading.

While I knew that YA dominated my reading, I didn’t really expect that it had done so by quite so large a margin. I’d planned to say that I hoped to be more balanced in my reading in the coming year, but, actually, I don’t care particularly. For one thing, I like reading young adult books right now. They’re what interests me. For another, in looking back through all my reviews, I noticed that I was rarely moved by an adult title. On top of that, most of you guys (yes, you) aren’t interested in my adult or middle grade book reviews, so if I don’t want it and my readers don’t want it, what on earth is the point? I’ll still be reading adult and middle grade, but I won’t be doing it just because I feel like I should.

Actually, feeling like it’s WRONG for me to read only young adult is the sort of behavior I’d want to punch some pretentious prat for, so yeah. I am proud of 67% young adult. There are reasons I enjoy them more, and I hope adult fiction gets the message about feels, because the bulk of it could use improvement. I have similar issues with middle grade, which rarely hits my top ratings, as they require serious emotional investment.

I do like to mix up my reading a bit, so I won’t be exclusively reading YA, but I’m going to read what I want. Shouldn’t that always be the goal?

Ummm, hello, Harper. Apparently, I love you the mostest. Okay, so the pubs at the top make perfect sense, because they’re ones I get a lot of review copies from, either to me as a blogger or via YABC. All publishers with less than 10 I combined into a single category. Look who’s missing: Disney (8), Candlewick (7), HMH (4), Bloomsbury (3), among others.

What this shows is that I’ve been pretty successful at eliminating egalleys. Oddly enough, I have more for next year because of some autoapprovals, but print ARCs will always take priority. Review copies come to me in a mixture of finished copies and ARCs, but clearly ARCs are still much more common. Audiobooks have become a much larger portion of my reading. Rewind back four years and I listened to maybe one a year, and now they’re 17% of my reading. That’s HUGE.

Where do my books come from? Mostly from the publisher and YA Books Central. Or, at least, the books I read mostly came from there. Obviously I purchased and was gifted quite a few I didn’t have time to read. The owned category covers borrowed titles as well, since I only had a couple of those. To clarify how many books I read specifically for review, I’ve got one last chart.

73% of the books I read in 2013 were review books. Pretty intense, no?Β  Series prep, by the way, means that I received a later book in the series for review and had to catch up. I fit in a lot more free reads than I thought I had, though most of those were audiobooks, as I tend to have less review audiobooks than print.

In 2014, I’d like to do a bit more free reading, but who knows if that will actually happen. Probably not, but, hey, 2013 was a good year, so I’ll just try to enjoy whatever happens.

19 responses to “2013 Reading Stats”

  1. Angie F. says:

    Stats make me happy! I’ve got my spreadsheets all ready to collect mine for this year, since I kind of bombed on remember to last year for most of the stuff that I wanted to.

    73% review books?! That is a ton! I knew you read mostly review books, but seeing it laid out like this is something else!

    I do hope you find time for more free reads this year! πŸ˜€
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I’ve got a spreadsheet this year. I had to look through all my reviews to gather this info and it suuuuucked.

      Ha, yeah. The numbers were actually less high than expected on review books, thanks to the large number of audiobooks and manga I read at the end of the year.

  2. Savannah says:

    Wow, look at you being so technical with your charts and statistics! πŸ™‚ But really though, that’s a lot of work, and I appreciate that you care so much about reflecting on your past year in an objective way!
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  3. Johannah says:

    Those are some awesome Stats. I never really pay attention to who publishes the books. Do you think it makes a difference?
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    • Christina Franke says:

      That’s a good question. In my pre-blogging days, I never cared which publisher I was reading. On some level, I don’t think the publisher as a whole is THAT helpful or telling, though I think it’s interesting in the sense of seeing that 1 out of every 4 books I read was HarperCollins.

      There are some elements which are helpful, but more so if you track your ratings that correspond to that publisher. There are some smaller presses that friends have figured out they never like the books from, like Flux for example. For myself, I didn’t do it this year, though I might again next year, I’ve tracked my ratings by publisher and/or imprint before, and I’ve noticed that certain imprints I almost never like. For example, I know that I’m most likely to enjoy a book from the Balzer + Bray imprint of HarperCollins, which means if I’m debating requesting a debut I’m more likely to do so if I see it’s B+B rather than HarperTeen.

      Those stats are rather more involved and, with the WP move and transitioning my posts to WP still in process, I didn’t have time to get that info together this year.

  4. Dude you have pie charts. PIE CHARTS. That’s a level of organized that makes my brain go “POP”, but I applaud you. Seriously, that’s so cool. πŸ™‚
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  5. Giselle says:

    Oh this is neat! I’d love to find out how my stats look in these categories! It looks like you’re no that picky though I mean 3.5 stars and up make for half of that first pie if I’m reading the colors right. I’ve been DNFing more and more bc I push myself leff to “keep going in case it gets better” because you know what – it has NEVER gotten better when I did that! So yeah! DNF FTW!
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  6. Heather says:

    This is a neat way to keep track of your reading! I kind of want to make pie charts now, too, just for funsies, as I’m wondering if there are publishing patterns, format, etc for me. Question: are books listed as “judging” under “Books by Source” ones that are nominated for an award, or are you just sitting on your throne of judgement, making decrees like a stately king? Just curious πŸ™‚

    I think most of my ratings fall between 3 and 4, too, so that means I also like the majority of what I read. I know I have less 1, 2, and 5 star ratings than you, but I also didn’t read nearly as many books, so as usual, I think we’re on the same rating wavelength. High five! haha.

  7. *swims in the pie charts*

    I do love a good pie chart. And now for my thoughts.

    1. For a moment I thought .5 stars was the big red one (instead of the little red one) and nearly choked on my tongue.

    2. YAY YA books! I’d always be down for my MG from you, but honestly, I don’t think diversification of an age category means too much. It’d be one thing if you solely read one specific GENRE and refused to read anything else, because you’d miss out on so much. But within an age category you can sample so many different kinds of genres and writing styles.

    3. I want to push ALL THE DISNEY BOOKS on you. I won’t, but I want to. πŸ™‚ I love Hyperion books.

    4. I am inexpressibly jealous of your “free read” slice. I want more fun reads this year.
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  8. Anya says:

    Series prep, that is the word I’ve been looking for for describing that! I’m thinking I’m going to try to do this for 2014, but I haven’t started keeping track yet so…. >.>
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  9. I love this. I really do. And I would love to do something like this to keep track of my reading stats, but I just don’t think I would be able to sustain it throughout the year. I am way too lazy, so I applaud you for this! πŸ˜€

    I think my publisher stats would be pretty close to yours also, though I would switch Penguin and Random House. Ha.
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  10. These stars are so good! How did you do this? I would love to see my stats too πŸ˜€

    Harper is the cool one! Well, they all are but harper is really nice to me too, hehe. You have great stats and I especially love the fact that 20% rating is .5 stars! Heck yeah πŸ˜€

    Great post, I’m probably going to do one in 2014 now! HEHE
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  11. Antara says:

    STATS. I LOVE IT.
    No, seriously, I’m excessively head-desking for having never thought about collecting all my yearly reads in a spreadsheet! So many things to analyse- it’ll be like Christmas. But better!
    *heads off to Google Drive*
    PS. If you don’t mind, a technical question: how do you get the separate sections of the pie chart to highlight & display numbers on a mouse over? Or did you write a script for that? Thanks!
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  12. Meg says:

    LOOK HOW PRETTY YOUR GRAPHS ARE.

    Between you and Debby I have a serious itch to start tracking what I read. For whatever reason the books by publisher especially intrigues me. I want to cross reference that by rating and see which publishers put out books I tend to like more.

    Also, I can’t help but notice you have a few ebooks on there. 22 to be precise. SO YOU DO OCCASIONALLY READ THEM. What I’m trying to say is, read A Night of Cake and Puppets.

  13. Nicole says:

    You are so organized! I just read Debby’s post about setting up her spreadsheets to track similar information. I am inspired to start doing this myself. I’d love to see these stats for the books I read in 2013 and compare over the years. Very impressive.

    PS: You read A TON. πŸ™‚
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  14. Wow, that was really interesting! I am not surprised that you rated quite a few high. Although you definitely review more critically than some bloggers (which is a good thing to me), you seem to enjoy most of the books you read. I’d love to chart all my reads but I would forget to do it and then get behind and then get all upset that I was behind and then I’d be rocking in the corner muttering to myself πŸ™‚ Loved this post so much, Christina!
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  15. […] thing, because I can put them in my calendar early and plan for them. It’s also pretty obvious at the end of the year which publishers I’ve been getting books from, because I mostly read review books (so far this […]

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