2020: A Reading Year in Review | Goals and Stats

Happy New Year’s!

I don’t know about you but I somehow feel lighter. I know the calendar is a social construct but something about not having a 0 at the end of the year anymore is super nice.

One good thing that did result from this past year though, is that I read way more than I’ve ever read before in a single year.

In 2020, I read 171 books.

Goodreads overview:

Ps: If you’d like to add me on Goodreads, do it!


Reading Goals:

These goals were originally posted on January 2nd, 2020.

  • Read 50 books (later amended to 100) – Success. I read 171.
  • Maintain a consistent posting schedule – Success. I was kinda iffy in January, but throughout the rest of the year, I posted at least three times per week, every week.
  • Keep track of reading statistic – Success. They will be below.
  • Reduce physical TBR to 200 – Success. There is a caveat to this one. I ended up amending this to ‘reduce physical fictional TBR to 200′ because nonfiction is a different thing and I don’t feel like coffee table books and whatnot should be held against me. So it’s basically novels. Manga is also its own list, this is just books. But yes, I hit 200 on the 26th of December!

Look at that! I did all four goals! I don’t think I’ve ever done that before to be honest.


Reading Statistics

So just like last year, I kept track of my reading stats in a spreadsheet and made some charts!

So the beginning of lockdown definitely showed my best reading. I read almost 40 things during April! My lowest reading month was November, which makes sense since I was doing Nanowrimo.

  • 161 books were read for the first time
  • 7 were rereads
  • 3 were DNFs
  • 99 of the books read were purchased in 2020 (mostly manga, tbh)
  • 1 was a gift
  • 34 were on my shelf from a previous year
  • 37 were borrowed either via library or service
  • 115 were manga
  • 11 were hardback
  • 14 were trade paperback
  • 2 were mass market paperback
  • 12 were ebooks
  • 14 were audiobooks
  • 2 were graphic novels
  • 1 was a picture book

Out of the novels:

  • 27 were adult
  • 12 were YA
  • 1 was middle grade
  • 1 was a kid’s book
  • 3 were new adult

Out of the manga:

  • 46 were rated T (Teen)
  • 68 were rated OT (Older teen)
  • 13 were rated M (Mature)

Author info:

  • 140 were female
  • 29 were male
  • 1 was unknown
  • 1 was two authors
  • 123 authors were from Japan
  • 35 were from the US
  • 5 were from the UK
  • 4 were from South Korea
  • 2 were from New Zealand
  • 1 was from France
  • 1 was from Ukraine

Diversity:

  • 28 had no diversity
  • 50 contained a combination of diverse types
  • 6 were LGBT+ diverse
  • 81 were racially diverse
  • 6 had diverse authors

Pages:

  • 2 were under 100 pages
  • 84 were between 100-199 pages
  • 45 were between 200-299 pages
  • 19 between 300-399 pages
  • 11 between 400-499 pages
  • 4 between 500-599 pages
  • 2 between 700-799 pages
  • 1 between 800-899 pages
  • 1 between 900-999 pages
  • 2 were over 1000 pages

Publication year:

  • 3 were published during the 1920s or earlier
  • 1 in the 40s
  • 3 in the 70s
  • 42 in the 2000s
  • 13 in 2010
  • 9 in 2011
  • 7 in 2012
  • 5 in 2013
  • 7 in 2014
  • 13 in 2015
  • 13 in 2016
  • 16 in 2017
  • 10 in 2018
  • 23 in 2019
  • 6 in 2020

Rating:

Finally, the ratings! It’s a bell-ish curve? I guess?

  • 3 were 1 star (the DNFs)
  • 2 were 2 stars
  • 2 were 2.5 stars
  • 1 was 2.75 stars
  • 11 were 3 stars
  • 36 were 3.5 stars
  • 18 were 3.75 stars
  • 54 were 4 stars
  • 5 were 4.25 stars
  • 24 were 4.5 stars
  • 1 was 4.75 stars
  • 14 were 5 stars!

It’s been a while since I had this many five star books, I’m pretty excited about it! I’ll go over them in more detail later in the week during my top books of the year post!

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And that is it. A year’s worth of books and now I need a nap I think. Here’s hoping 2021 is bright and shining and hopeful and full of good books.

Happy reading.

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