It’s time! Yearly Books and Reading Recap time! For me, tallying up all my stats for the year is almost as fun as making lists of my resolutions and goals.
Before we dive into the stats, nerdy graphs, & best books of the year, here are a few notes and thoughts:
- I read fewer books (120) in 2016 than I did in 2015 (127), but the number of pages I read increased. So the average number of pages per book increased from 258 to 291.
- I listened to 5 more audiobooks than last year. 2016 was also the year my podcast obsession went to new levels, so I’m spending a lot of time listening to people talking through my phone. Probably a large reason why my Spotify yearly recap was so unimpressive.
- I really enjoyed my Read My Own Damn Books project. I fell off the wagon a bit at the end of the year (mainly due to a lot of autumn / winter galleys I was excited about, and just general chaos), but overall I read 29 books that I counted toward this challenge. That is definitely a much higher number than if I hadn’t been focusing on reading my backlog. (For my challenge, a book had to be in my collection for over a year to count – I didn’t count books I’d just recently purchased.) Some books had been on my shelf for a looooong time – in the case of Catch-22: 12 years. I plan to do the challenge again this year, but I haven’t quiet settled on how I want to structure it for myself.
- My fiction vs. non-fiction ration is pretty much the same as last year.
- A list of all 120 books I read is available on GoodReads.
This year’s Polysyllabic Spree posts (a breakdown of the books I bought and read each month, including mini-reviews): January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December