“Aragorn sped up on the hill.”First line in The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
Hi, guys. Today I want to share some numbers with you all. All related to books of course so don’t worry, I’m not asking you to do any math. Without further introduction, let’s get into it.
In 2019 I read a total of 63 books and those contained 28,756 pages. This is slightly fewer books and pages than what I managed in 2018 (65 books and 30,181 pages). It’s close enough though, and those 65 books are still a record of mine. I don’t expect to beat it in 2020 as I plan to read some very big books.
My average rating was 3.6 out of 5 stars. See below how many books got 5 stars.
- 5 stars: 13 books
- 4 stars: 22 books
- 3 stars: 16 books
- 2 stars: 8 books
- 1 star: 2 books
- No rating: 2 books
Three of the 5-star books were rereads as were one of the 4-star books. That means that I only read 10 new 5-star books. That’s not a lot. I had a drought in 5 stars which lasted a couple of months over the Summer so I knew the number wouldn’t be very high. That is really something I want to rectify in 2020. However, I still choose to see it as positive thing that my most popular rating was 4 stars. Those are still good books.
I have been very good at reading a mix of YA and adult as you can see below. It’s almost 50/50.
A little disclaimer: I read 1 new adult book and 1 middle grade. It didn’t make sense making different categories for those so the new adult book is counted as adult and the middle grade is counted as YA. I’m expecting these numbers to change very little in 2020 but adult might end up leading slightly.
Then we have genres…
You think my favorite genre is fantasy? Don’t know what gave you that idea (lol). I could pretend that this diagram would look different next year but it’s not. I do read within a wide variety of fantasy sub-genres though.
Lastly, we have some funny and quick stats:
- The highest rated book on Goodreads I read in 2019 was The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – 4.65 stars.
- The book most people also read was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – 4,454,728 readers.
- The book fewest people read was Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan – 1,201 readers.
- The shortest book I read Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner – 207 pages.
- The longest book was A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – 1,016 pages.
That was it for 2019. Do you know any stats like these for yourself? Tell me about some surprising ones in the comments.