Happy New Year Everyone!
Now that were are in 2022, I am very excited for what this year will bring in terms of reading. Just glancing to my left and seeing the titles currently on my unread
pile tower makes me think there is a good chance of finding some new favourites in the months ahead.
However, this post is actually one last look back on my reading in 2021, and how I managed to get on with my Goodreads Challenge! Having read a personal best total of 65 books in 2020 I still decided not to raise my target by too much, so I settled for a goal of 54.
That turned out to be a good decision, as 2021 was an extremely busy year and I had less time for reading, so I only managed to reach my target with a few weeks to spare. I have finished the year by reading a total of 58 books, which was really good in the circumstances, aided by my first foray into audiobooks.
I fell into a mini reading slump towards the end of June, but apart from that I read at a fairly consistent level throughout the year, with four of five books completed per month. My reading habits have certainly changed in the last few months too, as I have juggled multiple books at once and struggled to find the time for longer sittings, so it has perhaps taken me more time to reach the end of books than it did before.
During the year I also took part in a handful of blog tours and in particular have done a lot of buddy reads. It feels like I do about two per month now, and I really enjoy them – sometimes it seems strange to read a book on my own and not pause to discuss it!
So for this post, I am looking back on all the books I read in 2020 and have compiled some interesting statistics relating to them, which provide a useful insight into my current reading habits and preferences.
Books Read Per Month
April always seems to be a productive month every year for me, while it was good to pick things up again in November after only three books in October – my lowest monthly total in years.
⭐ – 1
⭐.5 – 0
⭐⭐.5 – 1
⭐⭐⭐ – 11
⭐⭐⭐.5 – 13
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 16
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – 4
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 6
N.B. I reread a five-star book in 2021, but I have not included that on my ratings list.
Average rating: ⭐⭐⭐.58
Compared to 2020, my ratings do not appear markedly different, although my average rating is considerably lower – last year it was 3.77. The main reason for this is perhaps having fewer 4.5 star reads, as the totals for both four- and five stars is exactly the same. Then again, my average rating feels accurate, as I definitely felt like 2021 was not quite as good a reading year as 2020.
Young Adult: 3
Historical Fiction: 7
General Fiction: 7
Dystopian Fiction: 2
Mythological Fiction: 1
Middle Grade: 2
I look at these stats and find them very interesting! My favourite genre is historical fiction and that is what I read most of last year, but in 2021 I somehow ended up reading a lot fewer. The biggest difference compared to 2020 however is the amount of general fiction and non-fiction reads – the latter partly down to audiobooks.
To see so many different genres on the list makes me really happy, as it goes to show just how varied my reading has become, and it reflects the fact that I love discovering stories of numerous different types.
By the way, I find that certain genres overlap, for example some of the books I have included in the mystery or thriller categories are aimed more towards a young adult audience. I have just chosen the genre that I feel each book applies to the most 🙂
Pages read: 21,530
Average length: 371 pages
Shortest book read: Kill Joy by Holly Jackson
Longest book read: The Golem And The Jinni by Helene Wecker
Books written by BAME authors: 8
Translated books: 1
Books with LGBTQIA+ representation: 11
Buddy reads: 19
The average length of the books I have read is only slightly lower than in 2020, and the number of buddy reads have increased sharply, especially during the last few months. From those statistics I know that I need to do better next year at reading a higher percentage of books by diverse authors, so increasing that number is one of my priorities for 2022. Looking ahead, I am very hopeful of achieving a lot of my reading goals for this year.
How did you get on with your reading challenge? Do you have any interesting reading stats from 2021? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading in 2022 🙂