Imaginative Discussion: Lyn’s 2014 Reading Data

Posted January 21, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Imaginative Discussions, Lyn / 10 Comments

Last year, Debby at Snuggly Oranges wrote a beautiful post about her 2013 reading trends, and included data in the form of charts and graphs.

I was instantly in love with her idea, and I quickly adopted her idea for my 2014 reading.

I love reflecting on my own reading trends. I am very excited to compare 2014 to 2015, when it comes time. If I ever have the extra time to actually sit down and do it, I would love to place 2010 to 2013 in an excel format and compare everything year by year.

Back on track now. I have my 2014 stats ready, and some of the things I found were expected, while others are surprising.

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Lyn’s 2014 Reading Data

Number of Books Read. For 2014, I read a total of 75 books – my set goal. That number seems consistent with my own trend:

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Not counting 2013, and at times I would LOVE to forget that Bog of Eternal Stench year, I am keeping on track with my number of books. So far, 2012 holds the record since I started tracking my progress, which started in 2012. I am happy with my book number, and I plan to keep the same number, 75, as my goal into 2015.

 

Books by Month. I was highly mistaken for the peak of my own reading season.

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I had always believed that I read the most books at the start of the year, when the pressure of the holidays dissipated. However, after looking over the results, I seem to read more during the hottest part of the year in Texas. This seems logical, since I do not mix well with the heat, and reading grants me the perfect excuse to become lazy and lay around in the delicious A/C.

Another factor I have to consider is my work arrangement. I became employed by a new company, and the position was 1000x better than my previous job. I started in April, and I notice now that I started to read more when I was happier. I would like to see if this trend continues in 2015.

On the other side of the coin, my reading dropped off in November, thanks to NaNoWriMo. I can see this trend happening once again this year.

 

Rating. I seem to rate pretty liberal. Through recommendations and learning my own taste, I am much better about judging my taste in books.

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The majority of books I read gained 4 stars, with a total of 30 total four star books. The second highest rating was 3 stars, at 19, and third was 5 stars, with 8 total books gaining the highest rating. I almost made a note that I need to try more books that I might challenge this, however, the fallacy of that plan is the fact that I do not wish to waste time reading books I believe I will not like. There are plenty of books I want to read – there is no shame going for the cream of my own personal crop.

 

Book Classification. No shocks here – Young Adult wins again.

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I can say that I’ll try to do better but….yeah. YA4LYFE!!!11!!

 

Genre. I have to admit that I am slightly surprised by the results.

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First place is fantasy. No surprises, fantasy is such a huge field now. However, second place shocked me: contemporary. All of the sudden, I’ve secretly become a contemporary YA reader. Thank you, Twitter, you finally helped me find the secret gems in this field. Last was paranormal. I am happy to see more sci-fi on this chart.

 

Publishers. So what publishers were top in 2014? I never cared, until this year, about those stats.

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Macmillan was the winner, followed closely by Penguin and Random House (I did label them as two separate entities at this time). I expected quite a bit more HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.

 

Format. No surprises here, although I am happy to see that I am reading quite a bit of physical books.

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Kindle books are easier for me to read, and I prefer to carry my e-reader with me. I read every day at lunch and during my breaks at work, contributing to more Kindle books read. When it comes to physical book formats, hardbacks are preferred, so I am surprised is barely beat out paperbacks. Lastly, I am blown away by the number of ARCs read! I can thank this trend to BEA.

 

Series vs. Standalone. I am a bit on a series burn out. I hate waiting for years to finish a series, and I get so sidetracked that i tend to forget to finish it.

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Standalone barely won for the year, but I can see that my series weariness is starting to filter into my reading preferences.

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Do you monitor your own trends? Did your reading preferences change for 2014?

 

10 responses to “Imaginative Discussion: Lyn’s 2014 Reading Data

  1. I love having different statistics like this one, Lyn. Thanks for sharing yours 🙂 I didn’t make any fancy graphs, but I had numbers, and stars. Like you, I have a pretty high average rating, and I take that as a very good sign – I know what I like, and I’m quite good at finding it.

    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂
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