Looking Back at 2012 (with Pie Charts!)

December 27, 2012 Year in Review 19

Looking back on 2012

Honestly, I know these are going to be more for me than for you, but I love pie charts and what better way to use them than to dissect the books I’ve read this year!

It comes as no surprise that most my books were 4 stars and all but a few were 3 stars and above. I think I’m pretty good at picking out books that I know I’ll at least like, though there were a few exceptions this year. I had one lone 1 star book. I don’t think I’ve ever rated a book one star before, mostly because if you finish it than I feel it should probably be 2 stars, but this book was just awful, I’ve finally written my review for it, but I didn’t want to end the year or start the year with this kind of review so I won’t be posting it until mid January.

This was the statistic that surprised me the most. I had no idea I read so many series books until I started compiling my statistics. One of my 2013 goals is to read more stand alones. I’d like a 50-50 balance.

I’ve always been a big reader of contemporary and chick lit books so I was pleasantly surprised that those books were only 29% of what I’ve read this year, a big change from previous years. I’m also pleased that I read a good amount of books that are out of my comfort zone. Sci-Fi, Non Fiction and Historical made up 9% (11 books) of my reading which is more than the last couple years combined.
This was the year of YA. Up until this year I read hardly any YA and I jumped into it with both feet this year. Next year I hope to strive for a more 50-50 balance. I read two “New Adult” books this year. I know there are arguments for and against this new classification, but for now I’m separating them out. I have very mixed feelings about “New Adult” books. We’ll have to see what the future holds, but it’s unlikely that I’ll be reading lots of them.
Type of Book
I have a pretty good balance of the type of books I read, mostly because I’m usually reading two at a time, one on my reader and a hard copy. I do prefer hardcover over paperback so it makes sense that that percentage is higher.
Year Published
The oldest book I read this year was Carrie, published in 1974. As I’m sure it is with a lot of people the bulk of my reading came from books that were less than 2 years old.

All in all I was pretty pleased with how everything in 2012 worked out. Here’s hoping to a fabulous 2013!


19 Responses to “Looking Back at 2012 (with Pie Charts!)”

  1. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    Hmm, I may have to do this next year- next year I will add a few more categories to my books read spreadsheet… I may have to leave the math and chart making to you though!

    I really liked the last category- and Carrie was one of the oldest books I read too- although I also have The Odyssey (can’t get much older than that!) and Xingu (first published in 1916), but the largest percentage was in the last 3 years. Very interesting!

  2. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    Ahhh — got to get my stats together. What did you use to make the pie charts? Pretty!
    I was going to include genre in my stats but decided that these hybrid genre books would make me nuts. There are so many that are fantasy-dystopian-paranormal or whatever.

  3. fakesteph

    This is an awesome post! I wish I had time to do this… alas… I decided it was a good idea to create a review index for 2013…. (It is a terrible idea and it took me hours to get through 2012…. now the rest of the blog.)

  4. Marce

    I love the stats, thanks for sharing. You are good with how you read, ereader, hardback etc. I will have to research the whole ‘new adult’ books, I have no idea what you mean.