2020 was such an awful and strange year and my reading has been very up and down. I did read at my normal pace up until February and then I was too anxious to read. I then started to read again but hit an awful reading slump around September/October and I’m only just starting to feel like reading again now. So I almost didn’t bother doing a reading stats post this year but I do enjoy putting the post together so I decided to go ahead anyway.
My original goal for this year was to read 275 books but I dropped that to 210 in the summer. I did manage to achieve the goal with a total of 215 books read in 2020. Quite a few of my more recent books were very, very short though so if I’d stuck to 300+ page novels I wouldn’t have read anywhere near as many books.
The longest book that I read in 2020 was Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman which is a whopping 1032 pages long. I loved the book and am so pleased that I took the time to read it over the summer. The shortest book I read was A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz at just 32 pages long. My average page count was 317, which is short for me but not too bad. According to Goodreads I read a total of 68,268 pages over the year.
Alongside Goodreads I track my reading and blogging stats on a spreadsheet and I just love seeing all the charts and seeing the patterns in my reading.
Of the 215 books I read in 2020 153 were by women, 54 were by men and three were co-authored by a woman and a man. I don’t seek out books based on the author’s gender but ever since I’ve tracked my reading on a spreadsheet I’ve read far more books by women than men. I am totally fine with this but still find it fascinating how it almost always naturally breaks down to two thirds or even three quarters women.
Usually I read quite steadily throughout the year but this year has been a bit all over the place as you can see from the chart above. I struggled to read in March, mainly before the lockdown happened as my anxiety was through the roof. I then began to feel calmer and stopped watching so much of the news and over the summer when I could spend time out in the garden I read quite a lot. Since the end of September my reading has tailed off a lot. It looks like I read a lot in December but to be honest most of those books were my really short cosy Christmas books that I read most years so the page count was pretty tiny. I’m okay with how my reading has been this year though because 2020 was such an horrendous year.
I read quite a variety of genres this year so I’m happy about that. I’m a bit sad that I didn’t read anywhere near as much nonfiction as I normally do but when I was reading I mainly wanted escapism so I mostly reached for novels.
The above pie chart breaks down where I got the books that I read through 2020. I’m really pleased that 44.8% of the books I read were books I had for review as it means my plan to make a dent in the pile of ARCs has been reasonably successful. I also used the BorrowBox app (my local library app for audiobooks) a lot more so am happy that I’m supporting library services and am trying books I might otherwise not have read too.
This pie chart shows where I acquired my books from in 2020. Almost two thirds of my books are ones that I bought for myself and only a quarter of books were ARCS, I’m really pleased about this. I love getting ARCs but I also want to support authors so want to buy books as much as I can.
I’ve been tracking how much of my TBR from pre- the beginning of 2020 to see how many of those books I’ve read versus how many books I bought and read in 2020. The above chart shows the break down. I’m really pleased with this chart. I love that it shows I’m reading a lot of books in the year I buy them whilst also still reading older books. I do think I need to try to buy fewer books and to read more of my existing TBR but I never stick to this kind of plan! In 2021 I would like to make re-reading some of my favourite books more of a priority. I always mean to go back to old favourites but I have so many unread books on my TBR mountain that I always go to those first. I would, as a minimum, like to re-read Maggie O’Farrell’s After You’d Gone this year. It’s a really special book to me and I haven’t re-read it in a few years now.
The above chart shows the formats of the books I read in 2020. In some ways I was surprised that the percentage of ebooks I read was so much higher than the audio books I listened to but then with my husband being furloughed I didn’t listen to as many books over the year. I wish I had managed to read more hardback and paperback books as my physical book TBR keeps on growing but a lot of the time I struggle to physically hold them and turn the pages so I just read them as and when I can. I would like to read more of my physical books this year if I can.
So that’s it, my 2020 reading year in statistics! I’ve got a spreadsheet started for 2021 so I’m tracking my reading again this year.