Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 - Statistically Speaking

I like to do these summary posts mostly for me, so I have a record, but if you are interested, here's my reading accomplishments for 2016.

You can see the detailed list of all my reviews on my 2016 Review Archives Page.

If you are interested in favorite books of the year, you can check out my 2016 End of Year Book Survey.

The numbers:

I read 77 books in 2016, which was actually 47 less than the 124 I read in 2015. That's four years in a row I've read less books! And this year, much less. What's up with that? Kind of the same excuse as last year.  That beautiful granddaughter of mine.  But mostly, the new house.  We started in the fall of 2015 and moved in July 2016. And I've been working on it a lot all year.  It's been fun, and reading has just not been a priority.

So I'm a bit disappointed in my numbers, and I'm disappointed that I'm disappointed! 77 books is a lot of reading! I'm not going to force myself to read just to meet some arbitrary goal.

If you look at number of pages, I read 27,745, which is about 19,000 pages less than the 46,874 I read last year. Average book length: 360 pages, which is always pretty consistent. Two thousand fifteen's 56,824 is my all-time record for number of pages.

42 of the books I read were e-books and 9 were audiobooks.

Average book rating (out of a scale of 5) was 3.95. This may seem a bit high, but I never give a "1" rating -- if a book is that bad, I don't finish it. I DNF (did not finish) 7 books this year, the same as last year. And I rarely give "2" ratings (this year I gave one "2" and one "2.5"). Eleven books got a 5/5 rating this year. (15 last year.)  That's about 14% of the books I read, which is the same as last year.

Here's a link to my 2015 statistics, for comparison.

Reading Challenges:

Here's a link to my 2016 Reading Challenges Summary Page.

The You Read How Many Books Challenge, hosted by The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf: I read 77 books, so did not meet my goal of 150 books.

The 2015 Ebook Challenge hosted right here at Annette's Book Spot: I challenged myself to read 75 Ebooks. I read 41. Another fail.

The I Love Libraries Reading Challenge, hosted by Bea's Book Nook:  I failed last year, so I lowered my expectations to 36 library books.  I read 21.

A new challenge for me this year is the Cloak and Daggar Reading Challenge, hosted by Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! I tried for 20 books; I read 12.

I'm not planning on joining any challenges this year.  I will keep statistics, so I'll know how much I've read, but the challenges just stress me out too much. It's not the kind of reader I want to be.

How did your year go? Did you meet your goals? Are you surprised by anything? What about 2017? Are your goals the same, or are you making adjustments?

Thanks for visiting and Happy Reading!

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  1. It looks like you had a good reading year, even if you were busy. I’m doing fewer challenges this year, too. Some of them are hard to keep up with.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I actually read more than I pledged this year. My Goodreads challenge was 42, I read something over 50. This year I'm pledging 100!
    And hey, 77 truly is a lot, it's more than I did in 2016 :)

  3. Good stats. It's trippy once it's all written down and summed up, yeah? I high achieved in my audiobook challenge. My eBook challenge was about half. I surprisingly read more hardbacks in 2016.

  4. I like these end of the year reflections and I, like you, start with the total number. And, I usually wish it was higher (I read 74 in 2016 so we're close). Then I get irritated with myself for caring about the number of books I read :-)


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