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2021 statistics

No, you are reading the title correctly. This post is going to be all about bookish stats related to my 2021 reads. So, you may be wondering, why on Earth do I care about this, after all, last year has ended eight months ago. That’s a good question though. And the answer is: I have no clue. I just suddenly felt like making a post about it, as when it was time for this in January, I was just not in the mental space to give a rat’s ass about statistics. But now, I was thinking about how much I enjoyed putting together my 2020 statistics, and I was sad how I missed last year’s. Then I realised, who said I couldn’t do it this late? Stats won’t expire after all… So, if you like pie charts, accompany me while I analyse my reading.

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Number of books read: 93
Number of pages read: 25 858
Number of rereads: 13

1st chart: format
audio 6.5%
hardcover 6.5%
paperback 10.8%
ebook 76.3%

This one is not surprising at all. Just like in 2020, I mostly read on my Kindle, as I still didn’t go to the library in person. I also didn’t really buy books, so really, the only option left were e-books, as I don’t like audiobooks that much. In 2021, I also tracked if I read a hardcover or a paperback, and the latter won for sure. I actually prefer them anyways, as they are much more comfortable in my opinion.

2nd chart : rating

This one is quite similar to 2020 as well, though I had more lower ratings. Only 38% of my reads were less than four stars, which is pretty great. I did get my first five-star quite late, only in March, so that was interesting!

3rd chart: gender of the author

I read more by female and nonbinary authors than in 2020, and significantly less by males. I didn’t plan it this way, but I’m glad how it turned out. There were some books with multiple authors, so I didn’t count those in.

4th chart: age group

A shocking one! In 2020, YA and adult tied, but now half of my books were YA, what the heck? That’s so interesting in retrospect, knowing that this year I barely read any. Adult is second, then MG and lastly, there was one single new adult book.

5th chart: language

This one I anticipated, but it’s still surprising to see how English wins by a mile. Besides the obvious Hungarian books, I also read one MG picture book that had Spanish alongside English.

6th chart: number of pages

Last year, I mostly read shorter books, 300 pages were the average. I haven’t read anything over 600 pages, which is quite surprising. I feel like I always read a super long book every year, but apparently, that wasn’t the case in 2021.

7th chart: series or stand-alone

This shows my preferences, as I would much rather read a stand-alone than a series. I actually read more stand-alones last year than in 2020, with 64.5% of my books being stand-alones.

8th chart: new-to-me or old author

This amazed me, actually. I didn’t think I was going to have more new-to-me authors, but half of them happened to be new discoveries.

9th chart: publication date

Out of all the books, 28% were new releases, which must be a record. I’ve never prioritised shiny new books, but for some reason, being fully part of the bookish community made me want to. This only lasted for a year though, as I don’t think I read even one 2022 release this year.

10th chart: genre

So unbelievable seeing this today! That 42% of my books were contemporaries, and the second place goes to fantasy? Mind-blowing. I’m so looking forward to putting together my 2022 stats post, as that will be drastically different.

11th chart: type

This is a new one, as last year I meticulously tracked my readings… A little too excessively, in my opinion, especially since I have no use for the information other than the ones I share here. 59% of my reads were novels, which is good, and then second place comes to graphic novels with 28%.

12th chart: source

As I anticipated, 63% of the books were from the library, which has been the trend in the past few years. Then come other sources, like Scribd, borrowing from friends, and free online sources (classics and webtoons).

13th chart: author's nationality

I’m glad how this looks. In 2020, American and English were highly dominant, but last year they were 47% combined. There’s still a long way to go, but I call this an improvement. There are even more nationalities which couldn’t be displayed as a label, because then this chart would’ve been super crowded. In total, not counting American and English, I read from twenty-seven different nationalities.

14th chart: monthly stats

Lastly, here are my monthly stats. I decided not to deal with DNFs last year, I didn’t track them, just deleted them from my currently readings, and that’s all, so that’s why I can’t tell how many I did in 2021. I read the most books, thirteen, in June, but that’s due to reading a lot of graphic novels. That’s why you should never feel guilty if you don’t read a “certain” amount of books, you don’t know how many of them were short picture books or graphic novels. The fewest books were two in February, but I don’t think that two is not enough. If I didn’t read for a year, I’d still be a bookworm, because it’s not about the number of books you read. I feel like I didn’t reread a lot last year, only thirteen, and six of them were Heartstopper Volume 1-3 rereads twice.

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Well, I don’t know what to ask you, as probably all of you have already done your stats by now. If you managed to read it this far, thank you very much!


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