2018: A Reading Year In Review (ft. Goodreads Wrap Up & Pie Charts)

Happy (belated) 2019 you guys! I hope you’ve had a good start into the new year and that New Year’s Day wasn’t too bad those of you who had a big party and alcohol! 😉 I know I did much better this time around and I’m so happy about it. xD

As you can see, we’re talking about my 2018 reading year for today’s post and yes, I’m kind of late but what are we gonna do about that now. I’m trying to figure out if I’ll get back into the blogging rhythm if I just make myself write a couple of posts I keep meaning to share already (aka my Best Books Of 2018 and some other posts) because I’m in a bit of a slump, blogging wise.

I actually did the same post at the beginning of 2018 too and it was so fun to go back and compare this year’s and 2017’s reading. Some things apparently don’t really change: I still read mainly female authors and I love me a good audiobook!

Goodreads Wrap Up

First up, let’s take a look at my overall big numbers for my 2018 reading year. I ended up reading a total of 80 books (8 of them being novellas) with a total of 31.995 pages. 32.000 pages. Holy shit. These are both the highest number I’ve ever achieved since I started tracking my reading and I’m just blown away, honestly.

I knew my shortest book would be one of the novellas I read this year and there wasn’t a doubt that Kingdom Of Ash would be the longest book I read this year. Look at that page number. Almost a thousand pages worth of tears, screams, laughs and just too many other emotions to talk about here. And as for my average page length per book, I’m pretty happy with it!

400 pages is a good length for me. I can read them in one sitting if I want to (especially with the help of an audiobook) and they aren’t going to ‘scare’ me either. I’ve read some big books this year and they’ve been daunting at time, not gonna lie!

I had no idea what my most popular book would be this year but Percy Jackson feels accurate. Unfortunately, I haven’t continued on with the series and I don’t think I will. As for Shelter, I was part of the blog tour for that book earlier this year and I’m kind of surprised at the rather low number of people who have marked it ‘read’ on Goodreads!

Can we take a quick look at my average rating for 2018 there? FOUR STARS. That’s a pretty good reading year, not gonna lie! You’ll get a look at my rating breakdown in a bit, actually. And also, this is half a star better than 2017 so that’s exciting!

And now it’s time for my more in depth breakdown of my reading year! Luckily, I learned from my mistakes that I did in my tracking in 2017 and had a much more detailed and organized spreadsheet for this year (thank god! That took so much work off my hands) – check this out:

I’m also thinking I might make this even more detailed for 2019 to include various aspects of diversity (sexuality, race, gender, etc) in the books I read because I have a difficult time remembering these things about most books after the fact.

Books Read Per Month

Looking at this, I’m actually pretty happy with what I read each month and while November and December may look like I didn’t read a lot of books that’s because the books I did read where huge. I read Kingdom Of Ash and Queen Of Air And Darkness in those two months (plus reread the first two books in The Dark Artifices) and those books were 900+ pages. xD Also, I’m super happy that I read at least 3 books per month and didn’t have a single month where I didn’t finish a book!

Pages Read Per Month

Can we please appreciate how I read about as many pages in November and December (4 books each) as I did in September where I read a total of 9 books (though, to be fair, I did get caught up on some novellas that month). And if we do the math, I should’ve read on average 2.6k words per months to get to my total of 32.000 pages and I exceeded that half the year!

Authors

Something that pretty much doesn’t change in my reading is the fact that I read mainly female authors. My shelves are probably 95% filled with books by female authors if not more and I love it. So far, I haven’t enjoyed the way male authors write about female characters so I just stick with women writing about women.

Book Format

Again, at the end of the day there’s absolutely no surprise here for me. I love my physical books and I love, love, love me a good audiobook (sometimes I combination of both)!

2018 was the year of the rereads (I wish I had kept track of that, to be honest) and most of those books were physical copies I already owned which definitely drove up that number (I bought under 10 physical books in all of 2018) and as for audiobooks, I still had a good number of audible credits or books on there that I hadn’t read yet, plus I tried BookBeat (for any fellow Germans) and Scribd this past year and got a bunch of audiobooks read that way too.

Release Year

Again, no real surprise for me here as I try and keep up with new releases as best I can and with having audible for most of the year, I was able to get my hands on quite a few new releases relatively cheap. Plus, there were a couple of new releases that were part of series I love so I obviously had to get to them as soon as possible too (they were also the only books I bought).

Any of the earlier release years are basically thanks to me rereading so much this year. xD And I think this trend might continue into 2019 too though I don’t have as many ongoing series anymore which is kind of sad, not gonna lie.

Type Of Book

Speaking of my love to reread books, this might help you understand why I reread so much: two thirds of the books I read this year were part of at least a duology. And my memory sucks. Don’t ask me what happened in book one of a trilogy – I won’t remember. xD I need constant refreshers, plus I love seeing what kind of foreshadowing the author puts into their books early on.

Intended Audience

To the surprise of absolutely no one, I read like at least 90% Young Adult this year. xD I mean, my usernames on Twitter and Instagram tell you as much and I just really love them a lot so yeah, I gravitate mostly towards Young Adult and I don’t think that’ll change too much in 2019 either.

Genre

I should probably change my usernames to ‘swetlanareadsyafantasy’ or something at this point because it continues to be the genre I reach for at least half the time. BUT! There is quite a bit development here and that’s the fact that contemporary takes up such a big chunk and I am loving it! I read so many awesome contemporaries this year and I can’t wait to read even more in 2019!

Rating Breakdown

As we can see, about three fourths of the books I read this year felt into either the four or five star category which is pretty freaking awesome and also down to the fact that I reread so much this year (because I’m obviously rereading books I already know I love). Let’s hope I can have a similar reading year this time around too! Even if I don’t reread as much.

Does anyone else underestimate how long a blog post is going to take to get written up? Because even though I already had a good chunk of work done beforehand (aka the tracking) it still took me pretty much all afternoon. xD Let’s hope it was all worth it and you guys actually enjoy this post! 🙂

But now that we’ve talked about my reading year extensively, I want to hear all about you guys’ reading years! How did you do with your reading challenge? What were some of your highlights?

Do you guys go back and look at your reading year after the fact? Or do you even do it more regularly? Let me know in the comments down below! I can’t wait to hear from you guys. And if you enjoy my content, feel free to follow this blog so you don’t miss out on any future posts! 😉

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33 thoughts on “2018: A Reading Year In Review (ft. Goodreads Wrap Up & Pie Charts)

  1. Wow! Such a great year! I read 46 books last year… around 15k pages if I remember rightly! I’m pleased!

    In 2017 (the first year I got back into reading seriously and started my blog) I managed 60 books, but January-April I didn’t have my blog to think of.

    What’s your goal for this year? I’ve decided I’m going for 50 books 😊

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    1. That’s a great number too! Do you find that you’re reading less since you’ve started blogging? Is that why you think you’ve read less this year?

      I’m going for 65 books this year – though I will adjust the number if I fall behind and get stressed out about it. I want reading to continue to be fun all year long.

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      1. Yes, I think blogging has affected the number of books I read. I probably spend on average six hours a week working on my blog, so that would equate to a book in reading time.

        Reading should always be fun, so I don’t blame you at all 😊

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  2. I love Goodreads stats, but am impressed that you went above & beyond for your personal stats. My 2018 goal was 100, but I hit 116 (although some of those were short stories from LeVar Burton Reads). This year I’m aiming for 100 again.

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    1. Thank you! I just really enjoyed having all those charts at the end of 2017 so I knew I had to be organized and do this right from the get go for 2018 and it worked out well! 😀

      That’s a lot of books! I haven’t yet dared to try and aim for 100 books – that number seems so daunting still! Best of luck for your 2019 goal!

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  3. You’ve read so much this year, that’s amazing and so much in each month, too, wow! I’m hoping to read that much this year, but I know realistically if I can read 70 books again that would already be amazing 🙂 I love your pie charts so much, that must have taken so much time haha. I also want to try and track my reading this way, but…. oh well, I’m lazy a little bit ahah maybe this year I might give it a try 🙂
    Happy reading!! ❤

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    1. I’m in a position where I can read this much because I don’t have work or school interfering with my time – I would be curious to see how that changes once I finally find a job!

      They actually didn’t take too much time (well, one did. It just wouldn’t work with me. xD) as I already had all the data I needed all in one place and divided up nicely and stuff, so good job past me for that!

      I find when I go in once I finish a book and just fill in the details I track, it isn’t too bad – unless I fall behind quite a bit. xD But since I usually look up most of the same data for my wrap up posts, I’ll usually try and have it up to date by that point.

      Happy reading to you too, Marie! ❤

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      1. I admire your organization so much, I should track my reading more precisely this year to be able to make some sort of graphs, too, maybe haha, I just love these kind of posts so much 🙂 Though that being said, I still admire you and everyone doing these kind of graphs, because even if I filled in all the data, I sometimes am a mess with making graphics hahaha.
        Anyway that was a great post! I hope 2019 will be filled with great reads 😀

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  4. Awesome stats! I made a similar one in my newest post as well, isn’t it awesome to be able to record your reading and at the end of the year see how your habits change and grow? It’s nice that you have a favourite genre you can rely on as well 🙂 Plus i highly recommend Sophie @ Portal in the Pages on Youtube for your 2019 spreadsheet, it’s really nice and tidy ❤

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  5. I love seeing your reading stats broken down as graphs Swetlana, it makes for an interesting way to sum up 2018. For me if I was to split up the intended audience of all the books I read this year it would be largely YA too (to the surprise of likely no one).
    I still need to read Kingdom of Ash myself (I want to do a re-read of the whole series so I can go into it as up to date as possible) but I don’t think I’m prepared for the tears it will bring (also I know it’s only January but I’m prepared for it to be the longest book I’ll read in 2019).
    Great post, overall it seems like you had a very successful 2018 and I’m wishing you all the best in 2019! 🙂 ❤

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