I love data. There is a reason why my excel document is a horrifying eldritch abomination. I’m going to throw a whole bunch of information and graphs. Things you may or may not care about. Things that may horrify you. Things that horrify me. Prepare yourself.
First the bare numbers:
- Of those 452 novels, 374 are reviewed (43 are unreleased). I didn’t count the novellas and the rest because I don’t really care about those reviews as much. Also it is a lot of work. For less than a single year of reviews, that is a lot. Way, way more than I thought I was going to stick to. But now I get to bore everyone with numbers!
- For those very few books I read this year, it took me 1529.8 hours to read and 193.8 hours to listen to them. It also took me an average of 3.2 hours to read a single book. Interestingly, the year I read 365 novels, 64 novellas, and 115 short stories, it took me a total of 1745.8 hours to read, and an average of 4.4 hours to read a book. This is because my average reading speed increased from 374 words per minute to 582 words per minute.
- My to be read pile went down from about 580 to about 225 books.
- I also read 418 sex scenes for the entire year. For a while there, I thought I was going to read a sex scene per book on average, but that tapered off towards the end.
- I also had a reread rate of 38.4% for the entire year. I actually thought I would end up higher than I did for the year.
- Had an average of 110,794 words per book. The minimum is 39,135 words (Corrigan Rage by Helen Harper), and the maximum is 503,232 words (The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon).
- I read 86 series completely, from start to finish or current. 8 of them are still ongoing. 40 of the series were completely 100% new to me. 20 were completely 100% not new to me, I had read everything in them before. The other 18 series I finished them up, I had started them already
I really like this graph, but it is darn hard to read. I don’t know how to fix that, I’m bad at graphs.
I do have a table, though. Easier to read.
- I read the least in February (67.7 hours) and the most in August (184.8 hours).
- However, I also read the most books in October (with 69 books [teeheehee]), which only took me 139.1 hours. The only reason 69 books in a month was possible was because the average 82k words per book, well below my average of 111k.
- The month was the most reread percentage was December with 82.3%. The month with the least was May with 16.7%.
- Out of 416 sex scenes for the year, 85 of them happened in July alone. This is mostly the fault of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series (45 of them over 9 books!)
They don’t equal 100% because there is a lot of overlap (particularly between urban fantasy and paranormal romance). I tried to make some pretty pie charts but it just wasn’t working out. You’ll have to handle plain numbers.
I continue my trend of stopping reading urban fantasy. With a 64% overall in 2018, this makes it my least urban fantasy filled year – last year had 70%. As the years go on, this will become even less, as I have basically run my course on the genre. This year was so heavy because I was literally clearing out my to be read and rereading some series for reading stats all year. I think I was in the 50%s overall before the November and December urban fantasy finishers.
The other genres are mostly historical fiction and horror. They aren’t spread out into their respective ones because I’m lazy, and this system wasn’t set up for them at all. I never read those two genres, so they’re extreme outliers.
Because Urban Fantasy is a female-dominated genre (despite what the Dresden Files popularity might suggest), It is entirely unsurprising that I’m heavily skewed towards female authors.
What I really love is that the sex scene breakdown by genre is completely dominated by female authors. Come on, guys! Pick up the pace, please! Okay, a fair amount of the male authored books this year were by Brandon Sanderson. I’m not holding out any hope on that front any time soon. Silly Mormons.
Breaking it down by who narrates in a book are also has a female dominated zone. The difference is that both genders being represented is much higher than I anticipated. This probably cannot be helped, though. I marked the book as both if even one of the chapters had a narrator that was different, even if 99% of the book was one gender. In further years I may explore this concept further and get better numbers.
So I decided to see what gender writes what genders, based on my sample size. While Males are more likely to write both genders, the amount of female authors I have read that write both makes the narrator gender close to the same amount. It is also interesting how many male authors in my sample size write completely female leads, but that might just be because of the urban fantasy genre. The both genders and unknown genders really don’t have a big enough sample size to show much.
Now, author gender and genre breakdown. This one is interesting, but a bit harder to read. Part of the problem is that I have a lot of overlap in genres, because genres aren’t neat and tidy things.
I wanted to see how often I rated any single star point. The range is quite more even than I thought it was, after 3 stars or so. Just thought this was interesting.
Now I wanted to see how many self published and indie published books I read. This is the best I could do, sometimes things get…odd when it comes to indie books.
I also stumbled across this idea. I wanted to see how many days of the year I finished how many books on. Yes, this does say I had a day where I read 5 books and a day where I read 6 books. Yes, they were really short books. What surprised me was that there were 97 days of the year where I didn’t log a single completed book.
Last thing I can think of:
What decade was what I read in 2018 released in, and the average rating for that decade. Surprisingly little variability in the rating. Not so surprising on the decade numbers.
That is all of the numbers I can think of throwing at you, presented in a not so stellar format. Hope you had fun and weren’t too scared of me.