A Nine Month Review of Books Read

by Kim on October 1, 2012 · 13 comments

Happy October! I can’t believe that the year is 75 percent over already… it’s flying by.┬áSince 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?

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

softdrink October 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Pie charts! *swoon*



care October 2, 2012 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 8:08 am

Oooh ooh I love charts! Nice!


Nikki Steele October 2, 2012 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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 at 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.


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