Mid year reading wrap up + statistics | 2019

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Hello! As always I am infinitely surprised that we have now officially passed six full months of the year.

However, that does mean it’s time to look at my statistics, how much I’ve been reading, when, and what I’ve been picking up.

I don’t normally do statistics in my wrap ups, but I always find them really interesting to see, so hopefully you feel the same way.

My reading goal for the year was 52, which I’ve already met, so I’m now informally aiming for 100.

A full list of all the books I’ve read and what I’ve rated them can be found on my Goodreads, which is linked in the sidebar to the right.

Let’s get mathematical.

How many books have I read this year so far?

I read a total of 54 books in the first half of the year. As I mentioned, my goal was 52, so I’m feeling pretty chuffed with myself. I think at the end of last year I’d read 58, so I’m definitely doing better than last year!

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As you can tell, each month I read an average number of eight books, which works out at around two a week. Clearly I was feeling productive in March and May, as I read 12 in March and 10 in May.

If I continue to read two books a week I should comfortably hit 100 by the end of the year, and it gives me a bit of wiggle room if I don’t hit eight on one of the months!

 

What’s my gender split?

It’s always my goal to try and read 50/50, and this year I am not doing very well at all, but I don’t feel too bad because my statistics last year were similar and I still have six months to fix it.

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The majority of the books I’ve picked up have been by women, for no particular reason at all, so I’m going to have to make a conscious effort to pick more of the books by men off my shelf in the second half of the year.

The ‘other’ category here refers to books which have two authors, one female and one male (basically I read an entire series almost back to back), and also non-binary authors.

In total, I’ve read 34 books by women, 16 by men, three by a man and a woman jointly and one non-binary author.

How am I reading my books?

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I’ve got a lot of physical books, so I’ve been trying to pick up more of those to get a bit more shelf space. However, I do love the practicality of an audiobook, because I can do other things while also listening.

Ebooks have long been my favourite, and it’s the way I get through my books quicker and more comfortably, because I like to lie in bed and read, and I can only lie on my side if I’m reading on my Kindle. It also means I can take thousands of books away with me at any one time, which still blows my mind.

I’ve also started listening to a lot of audiobooks, mostly in the car on the drive to work, and when I’m doing odd tasks like tidying or getting ready.

In terms of figures, I’ve read 22 physical books, 15 ebooks and 16 audiobooks. Ideally I’d like to get the number of physical books and ebooks higher, and audiobooks down.

 

What genres am I reading?

Unsurprisingly, a lot of contemporary fiction, which is my favourite genre. More surprisingly, a bit of fantasy popping in there, and a bit of young adult (YA), both things I don’t usually tend to gravitate towards.

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Contemporary and literary fiction make up the bulk of what I read (15 books), but historical fiction comes in a close second, at 11.

I’ve read six fantasy and six YA books as well, which is unusual for me, but I do want to branch out more. I’ve also read five non-fiction books.

Which leaves with with the other 11 – three classics, a short story collection, two mysteries, a horror, two magical realisms, a romance and a crime novel.

 

And finally… am I enjoying the books?

I don’t usually give half stars out, so I’ve tried to keep it to full stars for easiness.

Normally my highest rating given out is three stars, but in the first half of the year I’ve just beat it with my four stars, which is great!

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I haven’t given a single full one star (although I technically rated one 1.5 but bumped it up to a 2), which is fantastic because that means I haven’t hated anything I’ve read yet.

I’ve given out seven two stars, 20 three stars, 21 four stars and four five stars.

Hopefully I get to give out more five stars in the last half of the year, but four isn’t too bad!

 

Those are all the statistics I’ve got so far, I’ll be doing a separate post with the mid year book freak out tag, which will feature some of the highlights of the year, as well as my biggest disappointments!

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