Thursday, August 18, 2016

Reading Habits

Are you a data or graph geek?  In my profession, I deal with data ALL. THE. TIME.  And, to be honest, sometimes I get sick of number crunching and analyzing student performance.  Numbers, percentages, blah! But, there is a part of me that secretly enjoys stats.  I look at my blog stats periodically and I admit that I have looked at my stats on Goodreads on more than one occasion.  

Inspired by Erin @ TexErin-in-Sydneyland's post, which was inspired by Emma @ Ever Emma's post, I decided to, as Erin put it, steal borrow the idea and examine the books I've read/listened to so far this year to determine my reading habits.

I'm not surprised by this at all, for I've never really been a nonfiction fan.  I'm pleased, however, by the number of nonfiction books that I've read so far this year.  Yay, me!  This is definitely me reading outside of my comfort zone and expanding my literary horizons.

Again, there is no surprise for me.  I am, after all, a self proclaimed audiobook aficionado.

I found this graph very interesting.  I've suspected that I'm quite tough when handing out coveted 5 Star Ratings and this graph supports my suspicion.  I somewhat expected my 1 and 2 Star Ratings to be higher, but then I realized that I often abandon those books early and they get delegated to the DNF category, which I did not include in this graph. The two books that received a 1 and 2 Star Rating from me are books that I read for a book challenge.  I can honestly say, had I not been participating in that book challenge, that I would have abandoned both of them.


I'm not surprised by any of this data, for I've been purposely reading various genres throughout the year.  The fact that I've read/listened to 7 autobiographical/memoirs is a bit surprising, though, for I've never read or listened to that many in this short amount of time before.

A Little Over the Midpoint of 2016 "Best Of"Awards

Best Memoir - As You Wish by Cary Elwes 

Best Mystery/Thriller - Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Most Unexpected, But Pleasant Surprise - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Best in Contemporary Fiction - The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Most Thought Provoking - Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Favorite Character - Joe the psychopath in Hidden Bodies by Carolyn Kepnes

Best "New to Me" Author - Taylor Jenkins Reid

What do you think about my reading habits?  If you were to create graphs representing your reading habits, do you think there would be any surprises?

As always, thanks for stopping by!

I created these pie graphs for free at Meta Chart.  I was playing around with the settings and that's why the first two are 3D.  By the time I figured out that I liked the normal flat graph better, I didn't feel like going back and recreating the first two.  Live and learn... :)

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  1. Of course, I love this post! Nothing surprised me all that much based on our many conversations about books as well as reading your book posts and reviews. I think where we are the most similar is our enjoyment of reading a variety of genres.

    1. Thanks for the idea! Yes, I think you and I are definitely similar in that we're all over the place in terms of what genres we read. :)

  2. This really is such a fun idea, and I told Erin that I might try to steal it soon! I'm not a huge nonfiction fan either, but I think that I actually read one or two this year! I need to get to analyzing my books soon!

    1. It was fairly easy to compose. I'll be looking forward to reading yours sometime in the future.

  3. i love stats as well, i love looking at my goodreads stats the most. i might do something like this at the end of the year. i am with you on giving up crappy books, normally if i force myself through something (especially for a challenge) it makes me hate it more haha. i just finished As You Wish by Cary Elwes and absolutely adored it!


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