Monday, January 6, 2014
Year In Review: The Numbers And General Observations
In years past I kept a spreadsheet with somewhat detailed statistics (like publication year, publisher, genres etc.), and I started out that way in 2013 as well. However, given that I'm still a half-assed member of GoodReads (my reviews over there tend to be rather lax), it seemed redundant to keep statistics at multiple places. Plus, I'm getting lazier in my old age. So towards the end of the year I started ignoring the spreadsheet, even though I did have more detail on it, and figured GoodReads was "good enough."
You can see all the books I read in 2013 over there, but for the sake of boring everyone to tears, here is a brief rundown of my reflections looking strictly at the numbers.
My goal for 2013 was to read 100 books - which is actually my goal every blessed year. I'm a slow reader, and while I don't have children, I do have a full time job, am in a relationship and watch entirely too much baseball during the summer months. So trying to hit 100 is an accomplishment for me - and one I'm not above "cheating" to get to. Yes, novellas count the same as single titles. Fair? Probably not. But my reading universe, my rules.
That said, I only managed to read 86 books last year. Looking at the total number of pages read (a stat GoodReads keeps that I never have), the average length of the books I read was 251 pages.
Gah, that's just depressing. Yes, I read a lot of category romance - but geez, at only 251 pages per book you think I would have gotten through more than 86! In fact the longest book I read was High Noon by Nora Roberts, which clocks in at just over 460 pages. Sad Wendy, just really sad.
Looking at grades though, my spirits lift somewhat. I may have only read 86 books, but the quality was pretty darn good. The bulk of my reading tends to fall in the B/C range, and that held true for this year. My B reads were nice and high!
5 Star / A Grades = 3
4 Star / B Grades = 51
3 Star / C Grades + lower B- = 19
2 Star / D Grades = 8
1 Star / F Grades = 2
DNF (for whatever reason) = 3
These numbers are super consistent for me. Digging around in my archives, here are numbers for 2012 and 2011. Gee, notice a pattern?
A = 6 (2012) ; 2 (2011)
B = 54 (2012) ; 54 (2011)
C = 24 (2012) ; 23 (2011)
D = 10 (2012) ; 11 (2011)
F = 1 (2012) ; 0 (2011)
DNF = 5 (2012) ; 5 (2011)
I actually really like a lot of the books I read, which I guess means I better man up or else I'm going to get kicked out of the Mean Girls Club!
Looking ahead to 2014, there are a couple of things I would like to accomplish.
1) I really need to dig around in the print TBR mountain range and start cleaning it out. I've got a massive horde of books, some of which I just know I'll never read or no longer have an interest in reading. What I need to do is pull a few books every month, read the first few pages of each one and make the Should-It-Stay-Or-Should-It-Go decision.
2) I probably should be reading more publishers, but damn - it's hard when you're a category romance addict and Harlequin has me auto-approved on NetGalley. But I'm going to try....
3) Get more consistent with my reading time. In other words: Wendy stop bringing home baggage from work. Yes, it's easier to zone out in front of the TV after a crap day, but at least try to get a couple of chapters read every day.
4) Learn to DNF more - especially with TBR Challenge books. In a perfect world I would love all my 2014 TBR Challenge reads to be A or B grades. Oh a girl can dream!
Next up? I want to revisit the really memorable (in a good way!) reads of 2013. Stay tuned....