So here in California, it is still the last day of the year. For the past couple of years, I’ve been doing my own version of a year-end reading round up and it’s geeky and full of pie charts, but it is a fun way to look at how I’ve been reading. Also, happy new year to you! May 2016 be full of wonderful reads!
Total books read: 286 (according to Goodreads – but that’s because of a lot of comics issues)
2014’s total: 217
2013’s total: 223
2012’s total: 227
2011’s total: 171
This was really a comics and graphic novels year for me, with 49% of the books read being comics and graphic novels. To be fair, this percentage is derived from my Google Drive spreadsheet, in which I may have combined various issues of comics together under one entry (for convenience), although I read them as separate issues. So this percentage may actually be higher! I did also attempt to be more specific in my defining of genres. Last year, I filed a lot of books under ‘fiction’ but this time, I’ve attempted to add ‘horror’ and ‘historical fiction’.
More specifically, I read 40 books published in 2015.
And the number of e-books I read just keeps growing and growing. It is all down to convenience. I do love print books – and I still buy print books – but I love being able to access ebooks from my devices. Also, this was the year I tried out Scribd and read lots of comics and graphic novels on it.
Erm ok, so I really have a problem of not reading my own books. Good thing I don’t often buy books then – thankfully library sales (and Book Outlet sales) only happen several times a year. I am a big fan of the library, borrowing mostly e-books from Overdrive (that I download to the Kindle or read on the Overdrive app). And this is not counting the hundreds of books I borrow for my two kids each year (this year was around 300!)
This is one statistic that really surprised me. I never expected to read more new-to-me authors than already-read authors. I think this may be because of the number of new comic series that I started this year.
Languages translated from: Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Swedish
The first book I finished in 2015 was Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See (ok so I started that in 2014) and the last book I finished in 2015 was Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night.
I’m looking forward to 2016!