You probably don’t know this about me (yet), but I am obsessed with stats! I am keen on reading other people’s stats and making mine too! One of my favourite end of the year traditions is to open Excel and make pie charts out of my reading stats. So, grab a hot beverage because this is going to be quite a long post!
The fact that 63% of my books were e-books is not really surprising to me knowing that a) I don’t buy a lot of books, b) I haven’t been to an actual library since last January. I borrow my e-books/audiobooks via Libby, it’s really convenient. The reason why I haven’t visited my local library in a year is due to two things: firstly, obviously, COVID-19 happened and it closed for several months, secondly, I had bad experiences with some of the librarians, they were not the kindest and kind of made me not want to visit. Though I’m planning on going again this year when it reopens. I was only surprised by the number of audiobooks, I didn’t remember that I listened to nineteen of them!
Even though I rated books a little bit lower than in the previous years, 27% of them I rated five stars, 16% of them were four and a half stars and 28% were four stars, which is great! Though I definitely would rate some books lower looking back, that’s why one of my goals this year is to rate more thoughtfully. Only 29% of my books were rated less than four stars!
Out of the authors I’ve read from in 2020, 58% were women, 31% were men and 5% were nonbinary. I’ve read eight books with multiple authors, so I didn’t count those ones in. I definitely want to read more from nonbinary authors this year.
I am actually quite shocked by this! I feel like I read so many young adult books, I thought it was going to dominate, but it tied at 40% with adult! The remaining 20% were middle grade books. Last year I read more adult books but then 2020 happened and I wanted fluffy contemporary reads.
Due to the fact that I haven’t been to my Hungarian library, I was anticipating this outcome. I’ve read a hundred English and only thirty-four Hungarian books.
I love short and average-sized books, so I wasn’t surprised to see that 55% of my reads were between 201 and 400 pages and 33% were under 200 pages. This is basically always how it is for me, I don’t really like to pick up books that are super long.
60% of my books were stand-alone and 40% were part of a series. This is kinda regular because even though I’m not into series anymore, there are so many out there, you can’t really avoid them. I am terrible at keeping up with my series though, it’s something I want to work on in 2021.
This is almost a tie, as there were sixty-one new and sixty-five already known authors. I love to discover new authors but I am also a fan of reading an author’s backlist titles. Plus, I am fond of rereading!
I was amazed by this one because I’ve never in my life read so many new releases! 13% of my reads were published in 2020, which is awesome! The majority, 65%, were published in between 2000 and 2019. Only 22% were published before 2000.
My five most read genres were contemporary with 27%, fantasy with 22%, fiction with 19%, nonfiction with 10% and historical fiction with 8%. Even though I am no longer that huge fan of fantasy as I used to be before 2019, it always stays at the top, because I still enjoy urban fantasy. Just as a little comparison: in 2019 I’ve only read eight contemporary books and last year it was thirty-seven! I think this ratio is going to be kind of the same this year too, as I see myself gravitating towards contemporary and fiction.
The majority of the authors I’ve read from were American and English, which is a shame. Even though I’ve read from fifteen other nationalities, American and English are overly dominant with their combined 72%. This is something I seriously need to work on, but it’s not only the readers’ responsibility because the whole publishing industry needs to focus on other nationalities too.
As I mentioned, I am a huge fan of libraries, so it’s not really surprising that 45% of my books were borrowed. I had quite a few, thirty-six, owned books I got to read in 2020 and thirty-seven that I got from other sources, like Scribd, when they were offering the free trial option during the first lockdown in spring. Some were legally available free books, like classics.
And finally, I would like to show you my monthly stats: the number of books read, number of rereads and number of DNFs broken down to months. The most I’ve read in a month was sixteen books in April, then fifteen in May. This, I find amusing as these were the two months I was writing my thesis and preparing for my final exam. So the fact that I managed to read that many books is amazing. February was the worst reading-wise, I only read six books. (Which is not bad at all! Not saying that six books are not enough, this is just based on my reading habits.) At an average, I reread one-two books per month, which I definitely want to keep doing! Apparently, May was the month when I DNF’d the most books, six to be precise.
At total, I read 134 books, 36 566 pages, I had fourteen rereads and nineteen DNFs!
Do you like reading stats? (Such a stupid question, you obviously do, if you clicked on this title.) How many books did you read in 2020? Do you also like to reread? How often do you DNF books?