Mid year reading wrap up

This is going up rather late, but I thought it might be interesting to look at some quick statistics on my reading so far this month, as a mid-year reading wrap up.

From January until the end of June, I read 30 books, which I think is pretty respectable, and it means that I am on track to complete my 50 book challenge by the end of the year for once!

I’ve divided a couple of stats up by different categories, such as pages, gender, star rating etc.

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As you can see, my best months were February and May, where I read seven books each month. My worst month was April, where I only read two books. Although to be fair, one of those books was 940 odd pages, so it probably doesn’t even work out to be that many less pages.

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Talking of pages, the vast majority of the books I’ve read has (unsurprisingly) been between 300 and 400 pages long. I think that’s pretty standard, most books tend to be around this length so it’s normal that this is the highest number, although I didn’t realise how much i’m cheating by reading stuff under 200 pages… I would like to try and read a couple of longer books in the rest of the year, because it’s something I don’t often get round to, as it can be a bit intimidating starting a 700+ page novel.

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As with last year, if you happened to read my end of year wrap up, the vast majority of my ratings have been three stars. Again it’s a mystery as to why I find everything just average, but I have read a few five stars and quite a lot of four stars this year, so I’m hopeful that in the rest of this year I can change it so my main rating isn’t just okay. Because that’s a little depressing. No ratings also don’t mean I hated the book, it’s just that I couldn’t decide how to rate it. And one stars are reserved for the most hated of all books. Thank goodness there’s not been any of those yet.

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This year I’ve had a bit of an audiobook revelation. I listened to my first ones at the tail end of last year, and since then I’ve listened to so many! I’ve really enjoyed listening to them on the way to work, or when I’m getting ready in the mornings. I’m also trying to read more from the library, which is definitely helping to boost my physical book numbers, because I will admit I’m a sucker for reading on the Kindle, which is infinitely lighter than a 500 page hardback!

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This statistic actually did surprise me. I thought that I would have read more male authors, however casting a quick glance over all the books I have sitting, more tend to be from female authors. Considering that I mostly like reading thrillers, mystery and contemporary, it’s nice to see a lot of female authors gaining prominence. Ideally I’d like to get this 50/50 by the end of the year though, just so it’s equal.

 

This year I’m pretty sure I’m actually going to hit my 50 book reading challenge, and hopefully surpass that, but let’s not get too optimistic too quickly! You can follow what I’m reading on my Goodreads page, which is linked in the sidebar to the right.

 

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