Book Stats – June 2016

I love me some numbers. And when Yvo over at It’s All About Books did a book stats post for the first four months  of the year, it inspired me to do one at the halfway point.

I have reached the very nice, round total of 50 books so far this year, which makes working out percentages rather simple. This amounts to the equivalent of 12528 pages, which is only about 700 pages short of what I read in all of 2014 combined, and is about two thirds of my page count for 2015 (my total books for 2015 was also 75, so that makes sense).

I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons a bit this year, throwing a few thrillers and some historical fiction into the mix as well as the usual YA and fantasy. I’ve made some nice graphs to indicate the spread of my reading over the past six months.


At first, I was a bit surprised that adult outweighed YA, but it makes sense that combined with NA, the fiction with protagonists my own age or younger outweighed the adult fiction (I’m a month off 27 for those keeping score).

2016juneratingsstatsInteresting that I’ve had exactly the same number of 3 and 4-star rated reads, and 8 dead in the middle of that. And yet, I still felt like I’d hit some sort of reading slump when I had a slew of 3-stars where I was certainly enjoying things but not really getting super into them. Fortunately, I’ve only really not enjoyed 14% of what I’ve read this year, and so far I haven’t hated anything enough to only give it one star. Hopefully that run of good luck continues.

2016juneauthorgenderThis comes as no surprise at all. While I certainly don’t refuse to read male authors, I am conscious of the gender bias that exists in publishing and reviewing, and I try to do my bit to offset by participating in the Australian Women Writers Challenge, for instance. Having said that, I think I am just drawn to women’s writing more in general, or more women are writing the books I want to read, or something.

You may notice the odd number-ed percentages in the above graph. It’s because Illuminae threw me off, having both a male and female author. Not knowing how proper statisticians might deal with that, I just tallied the 49 other books, then gave each gender another count.

june2016genrestatsTo the surprise of absolutely no one, fantasy wins this category a mile. Of course, that includes everything from urban fantasy to epic fantasy to fairytale retellings and historical fantasy (where I felt that the fantasy played the more major role). I included superheroes under sci-fi, and steampunk under fantasy, even though I wasn’t entirely sure that was the right spot (it maybe should have gone under sci-fi as well.

june2016seriesstandstatsI actually thought the series count would be higher. It certainly feels like I have a million unfinished series still to complete! (It doesn’t help when new instalments in series take so long to come out!) I’m glad to see this count is actually fairly close to half-half.

june2016bookformatstatsWhile I do love my Kindle (though I’m using my Samsung tablet for ebooks at the moment and still debating whether to replace my Kindle that died), the library is always the first place I check for a book. I buy print books very rarely now, but it’s nice to see that that number is at the top. And I can’t believe I only discovered digital lending libraries and all the audio books they have to offer about nine months ago. Though I still find a narrator can make or break an audio book.

That’s all I’ve got for now; I hope you enjoyed this rather nerdy post.

~ Emily



#ROW80 Check-in – October 18, 2015

I was really proud of myself on Monday; I finally managed to create a spreadsheet that tracked all the aspects of my writing that I wanted it to. It’s all nice and colour-coded and adds things up for me and I love it. I haven’t quite decided how I’m going to track editing, but I’ll cross that bridge when I next have to edit something. It’ll probably be a time spent/pages edited type set-up.

This is a fairly quick check-in from me tonight. I’ve left it a bit late and now I’m just wanting to go to bed. Here are my goals for the week:

  • Write at least one page in notebook or 100 words on the laptop every week day. Consolidate this on the weekends.

Yes! I did this every week day, as well as yesterday! I know this because of aforementioned shiny spreadsheet. I think not obsessing over writing in my notebook every day like I did last round has made all the difference. I am happy to just type up one day’s writing and then do the next day’s on the computer, which is actually much easier than handwriting every day and then having ten pages or so to type up on the weekend.

  • Write one book review a week and queue them up on the blog.

I nearly didn’t finish anything to review this week, but I got through Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth faster than expected and have scheduled a review of that. Also, Kate Forsyth followed me on Twitter. That was cool. I also found out that she is running a writing course at Oxford in the middle of next year, and man, I want to go. Oxford is a long way away, though.

I’m now most of the way through Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell so I should be able to write its review this coming week.

  • Spend one evening and one weekend afternoon on uni work.

Probably. Or something. I definitely spent a couple of hours yesterday. I intended to do some more tonight, but then I was feeling sick because I ate way too much deep-fried stuff at a friend’s birthday lunch so I ended up lying in bed for an hour or so hoping it would all go away (which, thankfully, it did). I realised that I basically have 2900 words due in the next three weeks. Which sounds kind of big, but should be fine once I actually settle down to working on it properly. I’ve teed up with my boss to take the day off on October 28, so that’ll also be helpful.

  • Send three Postcrossing cards per week/maintain maximum total cards travelling.

I’ve actually got four ready to send tomorrow. I’ll send three this week and then it will be a case of registering to send a new one whenever these ones are received.

  • Ride bike to work or walk into the city after work at least three times a week.

I rode my bike on Monday and walked on Friday. I also walked for about an hour today. There is the issue that between various things at work and on the weekend, I undid any weight-loss/fitness benefits this exercise would have given me. But oh well. The thought was there.

I’ve got a fairly busy week ahead, as my mum is in town. Even though she’s coming with a friend and not staying with me, I’m still ferrying them around a bit tomorrow and Tuesday nights. On Wednesday, I have the first class in a five-week astronomy course. I’m really looking forward to that! And Thursday is choir, as usual. So apart from writing, I’m probably not going to get a whole lot done before Friday at the earliest.

Time for me to head off now! I’ll catch you later!

~ Emily