2015 Year in Review #1: The Stats
While my family enjoys the traditional new year’s eve feast of microwave popcorn and mini-watermelon slices (it was in our produce box this week!) I shall avail you of my blog stats. Stay tuned for my favourite books of 2015 and 2016 plans.
- Books read in 2015: 69, up from 64 in 2014 and 52 in 2013.
- Shortest book: We Should All Be Feminists (49 pages)
- Longest book: City on Fire (944 pages)
- Format: 64% paper, 20% ebook, 16% audio (which would be up from 0% audio in any previous year, and represents the biggest change in the way I read.)
About the Author
- 58% female (Same as 2014)
- 20% person of colour (same as 2014)
- 38% Canadian (down from 55% in 2014) 35% American 16% British and 1 each: Argentinian, Nigerian, New Zealand, Malaysian, Italian, Brazilian, Angolan, German.
- Six Edmonton-area authors this year, up from two last year.
I didn’t pay much attention to gender and race this year, but ended up with the same “diversity” stats as last year. I put “diversity” in quotes because these stats and challenges generally leave a bad taste in my mouth. (That’s a whole other post, but this or this can give you an idea why.) I was curious about how my reading fell out, though, so I did the calculation. I notice that I expanded the number of author nationalities (at the expense of #CanLit, oops) while still reading a large majority of Canadian, American, and UK authors.
Genres and Lists
- 10% classics (down from 19% in 2014), 51% contemporary lit fic (about the same as previous years), 14% non fiction (up a bit from last year), and a handful of YA, erotica, romance, memoir, graphic novels, and a thriller.
- 3 1001 Books for a total of 126 read – and reread two more.
I’m further and further away from the reason I started this blog. Not saying that’s good or bad… stay tuned for 2016 plans!
- 7% were rated five stars (down 13% in 2014), 41% were four stars, 36% were three stars, 16% were two stars. I DNF’d one book that was headed for a one-star rating.
This year is a bit of a slump. Only a few books blew me away. As usual, I tend to rate books lower than the masses on Goodreads:
- I rated 26 books higher. The most underrated book was The Bear, which I rated a 5, compared to average 3.31 rating. Yeah, I have a lot of feelings about this book.
- I rated 40 books lower. The most overrated book was We Should All Be Feminists, which I rated a 2, compared to average 4.44 rating. Not because I don’t agree, but because there was nothing new or challenging.
- 23,000 page views in 2015. About 50 fewer than last year, and about a thousand fewer visitors. So… things are a little stagnant around here.
- 39 posts in 2015, down from 52 in 2014 and 96 in 2013. Which might explain the stagnation.
- If I was an optimist, I’d calculate views per post, or views per visitor, but I’m not.
- Most viewed post of 2015: What’s the Deal With Infinite Jest? And I expect that to continue, as the 20th anniversary edition will be out soon.
- Most viewed post that was actually written in 2015: Book-loving hedonists and alienated intellectuals: why readers need to settle down about reading. This was my favourite post to write as well.
- Least successful post in 2015: Novellas in November 2015 wrap-up (video.) Seriously? I thought I was so hip and with it, what with the Book-tubing….
Really enjoyed reading your stats for the year, what an achievement! Happy New Year to you x
Thank you! I’m joining you on the TBR Triple Dog Dare this year. Wish me luck!
Gosh yes, good luck. I’ve already started a Wish List…not such a good plan if I go mad on the 1st April, but quite excited at the prospect of picking books off the shelves and dusting some of them down! x
Although I love the idea of video book reviews, I know that I’m not usually in a place where I can listen to a video, so I tend to not view them. Just an FYI in case you’re wondering what’s up with video reviews. Maybe there are others like me.
Yeah, I do know what you mean. It’s mostly other bloggers that read book blogs, and we blog because we like reading/writing… I do watch a fair amount of BookTube, but often find myself just wishing it was transcribed somewhere so I could read it instead 🙂
This is awesome. Love your blog.
Your stats look good and your reading is varied. Very sound and interesting blog! I’m hooked and I’m sure other people are too. Happy New Year! 😀
Ugh, this reminds me I forgot to look at my book stats. Oh well. Clearly, you had a great year!
Haha yeah I forgot to track anything all year so I was messing around with Google Sheets while the kids watched TV, cursing myself, promising that this year will be different… we’ll see about that!
23k is nothing to scoff at (not that you were) with only 39 posts this year that’s still pretty damn impressive! I wish I had those numbers 😀
I’ve also been hearing a lot about We Should All Be Feminists and I definitely need to pick up a copy soon.
A good year! Hope 2016 is off to a good start!