2017 Reading Statistics and 2018 goals

I thought I will wrap up my 2017 with a statistics post. I find these statistics very useful as it helps me understand how my reading year went. This was a great reading year as I read 96 books.

My Goodreads stats is as follows –

I read a total of 96 books with average length of 257 pages and I read the maximum number of pages I have ever read – 24,140 pages (since I started logging my reading on Goodreads). I have read 66 pages per day on an average which is quite good, considering how I hardly get time to read books daily.
Now let’s see a breakdown of genre. My primary focus this year was on Sci-fi and fantasy.

Most of the comics/graphic novels in the chart were sci-fi or fantasy so majority of my reads this year have been SFF which means I accomplished my goal. But I want to reduce the number of comics or graphic novels I read in 2018 since I want to reduce my existing TBR. This year I discovered that I can borrow them from library and ended up reading a lot of comics because of this reason.
Now a chart that shows how I acquired my books. I mostly read books that I owned but I did manage to read some ebooks and library books, which is an achievement. Last year, I hardly borrowed books so that was an improvement. But the major drawback was that my TBR stack did not reduce so I ended up with too many unread books on my shelf. I also listened to 8 audiobooks in 2017 – out of which I purchased 2 and borrowed 6 from the library.

I had a great reading year as I read mostly 4 or 5 star reads and I hardly had any 1 star reads this year. That happened because I kept DNFing (did not finish) books this year without thinking twice.
If a book did not feel like a 4 or 5 star read and was a slog, I just ended up DNFing it, unless it was a classic or some book that I wanted to force myself to read. This helped me in getting to other books that I enjoyed reading. I don’t see anything wrong with DNFing books since individual tastes differ. Just because somebody gave a book 5 stars or because a book is extremely popular, doesn’t mean I have to force myself to read it or like it. My opinion about a book shouldn’t be based upon the opinions of other people in the reading community so I don’t really care about DNFing popular books.

I also kept unhauling books that I did not enjoy so I ended up getting rid of 6 books that I read in 2017. I also reread 2 books this year.

Goals for 2018:

  1. Buy less books and use library often.
  2. Read less comics/graphic novels.
  3. Read only books that you find interesting and not because they are popular.
  4. Discover books that are not very well known/read in the reading community.
  5. Reduce my physical TBR of books which is too high.
  6. Take your time, enjoy reading instead of making it a chore.
  7. Keep unhauling books that don’t get 4 or 5 stars.
  8. Reread more of your favorite books.
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6 thoughts on “2017 Reading Statistics and 2018 goals

  1. Wow! Quite impressive! If you have read 96 books, this kind of Analysis makes sense, not so much when you have read 20 odd books! What’s ebook-library? You can get ebooks also from library? I alternate between ebooks and physical books. The only thing I will make sure this year is to read everyday, that’ll take care of the numbers 🙂

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