My 2015 Reading Stats…

I have all my raw data in my notebook (I usually do a big spreadsheet but was stuck in a coffee shop for an afternoon with my iPad but without my bluetooth keyboard, and there was no way I was operating Numbers on a touch-screen… so I went back to basics and wrote it all up manually!) but if you want to track exactly what I read this year, then I’d urge you to go and stalk my Goodreads account. I’m pretty open about what I read and enjoy…

Anyway… here are the stats:

  • In 2015 I read 84 books! The first book I read was The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell, and the last was Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.
  • My reading was made up of a perfectly equal spread of male vs female writers. Exactly 50%-50%! I actually read more novels by women, but the overall percentage is skewed by the number of comics I read, which is still a male dominated area (particularly when it comes to backlist reading).
  • 26% of my reading were UK titles, and 74% foreign (almost entirely US) titles.
  • 55% of my reading was done with physical books, and 45% was done on my iPad. I was surprised at this percentage, because I *feel* like I’ve steered away from e-reading, but then I remembered my Marvel Unlimited account and everything made sense.
  • In fact, almost half of my reading in 2015 was comics! When I register a comic as a book on Goodreads, I’m always talking about the trade paperback. And yes, I count these as books. Even when I’m reading on Marvel Unlimited, I keep track of what I’m reading by referring to the issues contained in trade paperbacks.
  • This year I decided to look at how much front-list or back-list reading I was undertaking. For the purposes of these stats, front-list refers to titles published in 2015, and back-list is anything older. So, as it turns out, 52% of my reading was published this year, and 48% was published earlier.
  • 48% of my reading was comics, 20% was YA and children’s literature, 12% was adult sci-fi/fantasy, 11% was adult fiction, and 11% was non-fiction.
  • Finally, the average length of the books I read in 2015 (not including comics) was approximately 366 pages (which is longer than I thought, but probably skewed by the fact that I finished reading A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings this year).

My reading challenge for 2016: I really want to pass the 100 mark – in fact, I’d like to read at least one novel and one comic a week. So that equals 104 books total! Wish me luck!