My 2015 Reading Stats

2015 Reading Stats


Happy New Year, everyone! A bunch of numbers…just what you need on a potentially hungover New Year’s Day, right?!

This is the first year I’ve ever kept reading stats…I know, kind of unbelievable. It’s also the first full year I’ve maintained a Goodreads account and the first year I’ve set a Goodreads Challenge goal, which I didn’t meet (6 books short)! So, I have no previous data to compare with these numbers, but I do have a baseline for next year (silver linings, right?).

Reading

Overall, I found myself drawn to darker, edgier books and books that hit me hard emotionally this year. And, some of my tried and true reading themes didn’t hit the spot like normal (i.e. wealthy people behaving badly), so maybe my reading taste is evolving or maybe I just picked the wrong books. But, thanks to Shannon’s post, I’ve started to pay closer attention to imprints for the first time in the hopes that it will improve my book selection. 

Longest Book Read: City on Fire (944 pages). I cringe at the thought that I’ll never have those hours back. But, I’ve been so curious about sales numbers and Book Riot mentioned on their Year in Review podcast that it likely hasn’t sold more than 50,000 copies…and it needs to sell 350,000 to break even. Wow, just wow.

Shortest Book Read: Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed (160 pages of quotes)

Books I Wish Had Gotten More Attention: Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott, Summerlong by Dean Bakopoulos, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Kieja Parssinen, Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler, and Home is Burning by Dan Marshall

Diversity Stats

I didn’t proactively monitor my diversity stats, but 62% of my 2015 reading was female authors (this is without actively trying to read more female authors; I guess you could call it a baseline). I’m not reporting POC because I still haven’t figured out a reliable way to do that (see this fantastic post on the difficulties of accurately tracking diversity by Andi at Estella’s Revenge).

Blogging

For the first time ever (for me), one blog post (The Girl on the Train Spoiler Discussion) absolutely dominated my page-views and comments all year long. My analytics plug-in malfunctioned partway through the year and I lost all my 2015 detailed data through September (aside from overall monthly page-views and unique visitors, which I’d kept in a spreadsheet)…which prompted me to switch to Google Analytics. Why, oh why, didn’t I do this sooner?! So, I don’t have fantastic stats about my best performing posts, etc. Here are the highlights from what I do have…

Key Takeaways

  • The Girl on the Train Spoiler Discussion dominated in every way. No contest.
  • Top Ten Tuesday/Tuesday Into combination tends to generate lots of comments. Same as last year. Of the Top Ten Tuesday posts, those about upcoming releases did well.
  • Book lists performed well based on page-views. Not surprising.
  • Reviews for books that the wider world is talking about (not necessarily my favorite books) performed well. Also not surprising, but wish my favorite books were getting all the play!

Most Discussed Posts (determined by number of comments in 2015):

Best Performing Posts/Pages in Q4 2015:

Best Performing Book Reviews in Q4 2015:

My Personal Favorites

How were your 2015 reading and blogging stats?

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8 Comments

  1. What a great year in reading! You’ve also given me many books to add to my TBR!

    Posted 1.1.16 Reply
  2. Diane wrote:

    What great charts for 2015. I am definitely drawn to “darker & edgier reads”. Hope 2016 is a great year for you and your family Sarah.

    Posted 1.1.16 Reply
  3. Cool chart! I’ve gone back and forth on “diversity tracking” in my reading. On the one hand, no matter how you do it you’re missing something or over simplifying. On the other hand, if you don’t start tracking somewhere, how do you know if you’re making measurable change? I do track the race of the authors I’m reading because it seems like a good place to start, keeping in mind that it’s not the only thing to be looking at in terms of diverse reading.

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  4. Very impressive! Wow, The Girl on the Train dominated; I loved it. FYI, did your feed change? I couldn’t get here through Feedly. It kept sending me to a Fatcow server to login???

    Posted 1.1.16 Reply
  5. holy toledo batman your infographic and stats are out of this world! I love how you’ve broken so much information down into bite-size chunks AND you’ve got me adding the imprint column to my spreadsheet for 2016. I really should have paid attention long before, but it makes sense to follow imprints and editors as opposed to choosing arbitrarily. Wishing you a healthy and wealthy 2016 Sarah!

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  6. Naomi wrote:

    That last question about favourite books standing the test of time is a good one. I have been thinking about that recently, and about the fact that the books I tend to recommend to others are not always necessarily my own favourites – I tend to recommend ones that I think most people would like, rather than ones that could go either way (which eliminates some of my favourites, but not all).
    A lot of other good topics on here that I haven’t read yet – gonna go check them out!

    Posted 1.2.16 Reply
  7. I had some difficulty reaching and commenting on your site the other day. Not sure why. Anyway, I really enjoy your statistics post. Thanks for sharing it.

    Posted 1.3.16 Reply

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