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A Nine Month Review of Books Read

Happy October! I can’t believe that the year is 75 percent over already… it’s flying by. Since I haven’t done a bookish stats post in a long time (maybe as far back as the end of 2011), so I decided today would be as good a day as any to check in.

So far this year I’ve finished 89 books. As of this time last year, I’d read 80 books, so I’m still reading faster than I was last year, even if September was a little bit slow. Those 80 books add up to 27,979 pages and about 88 hours in audio books. That’s a lot of reading!

Books by Genre

In 2011, I read quite a bit more nonfiction than fiction. So far this year I’m pretty much even between fiction and nonfiction, which is interesting — 39 fiction and 40 nonfiction. I think the nonfiction number will go up by the end of the year, since I have a number of nonfiction review copies I want to finish.

Books by Source

Of all the things I keep track of, where books come from is the important one because I try to balance out review copies, personal books and library books. As the chart shows, I’m doing a pretty good job — 33 of my own books, 20 borrowed books and 37 review copies. I want to read more of my own books through the end of the year, if I can, to even that out.

Books by Format

I don’t make any effort to read books in a certain format, but I always find this statistic interesting. I wish I read more ebooks and audio books, but I’m usually happier picking up a paperback.

So there you have it – a look at my reading so far in 2012. For the rest of the year, I hope I can finish several more of my own books and finish a few more of my audio books. What books are you hoping to read in the last few months of the year?

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  • softdrink October 1, 2012, 8:02 pm

    Pie charts! *swoon*


  • care October 2, 2012, 6:24 am

    Softdrink cracks me up.
    Do call you ack size paperbacks? Just curious, but am also assuming. great stats! 89 books already!

  • care October 2, 2012, 6:26 am

    Crapipadediting isfor the birds. Or typing,. Just typing! That ack was supposed to be TRADEBACKs. i only call the small ones paperbacks… I rarely read papeback size books.

    • Kim October 3, 2012, 8:18 am

      I count all of them — trade paperback and mass market paperback — in the paperback section. I don’t actually read many mass market paperbacks (I don’t like the size), so I think that’s mostly trade paperback anyway.

  • Jennifer October 2, 2012, 8:08 am

    Oooh ooh I love charts! Nice!

  • Nikki Steele October 2, 2012, 10:47 am

    89? Wow — seems like you’re right up there with the 100 book mark by the end of the year.

    • Kim October 3, 2012, 8:19 am

      I hope so. I’ve been reading more slowly the last couple of months, but I think I should pretty easily hit 100, probably even 110, before the year is done. That is a wow 🙂

  • Jae @ Book Nympho October 2, 2012, 11:14 am

    This is awesome! I love bookish stats! How did you make your pie charts? They are way cool! 🙂

    • Kim October 3, 2012, 8:20 am

      I did them in Microsoft Excel. I have a Google Doc where I keep track of stats, then I just plug the relevant ones into an Excel spreadsheet to make the pie charts.

  • Jenny October 2, 2012, 5:35 pm

    “Last few months of the year” = crazy madness. How can it already be the last few months of the year? I should try doing graphs myself, to compare the percentages of ebooks vs physical books since I got my ereader.

    • Kim October 3, 2012, 8:21 am

      Yes… it is crazy. I’d love to see your charts! This is the second year that I’ve kept really detailed book stats, so I’m hoping to do a comparison between 2011 and 2012 at the end of the year to see how things shake out.

  • Trisha October 3, 2012, 8:12 am

    I love those pie charts. How did you do them? Did you create them? Did another site create them for you? Inquiring minds want to know….

    I can’t believe the year is almost over. When I realized it was October 1, I think I actually gasped…

    • Kim October 3, 2012, 8:25 am

      Microsoft Excel, although there’s probably an easier way to do it. I enter all of my book stats in a Google Form, and with that you can look at a summary of responses that includes some graphs and charts. But I like pie charts, so I end up entering the relevant numbers into an Excel spreadsheet and making them there. It’s actually really easy, if you have Excel.