2016 Reading Statistics/Recap

Uncategorized, wrap up

2016 is coming to an end (thank god) and throughout the year, I’ve kept track of the books that I’ve read and compiled a little statistics page as a little homage to the books I read this year. I made one last year too which I’ve linked here. Enjoy!

This year I read: 110 books/other formats

Only 3 were rereads (This number is abysmal so I hope to reread more in the next year)


Thoughts: This number was more of a 50/50 last year. But this year I read a lot more literary fiction and I think I tend to gravitate towards literary fiction written by women for some reason. The “neither” refers to Alex Gino, the author of George, who identifies as neither male or female. I also read a small percentage written by both men and women which tends to refer to short story collections or graphic novels. There’s not necessarily anything I would change about this because I usually read an even amount of people who identify as either male or female so there’s that. It would be great to read something by someone who identifies outside this gender binary like Alex Gino.


Thoughts: This should come as no surprise that I read mostly Fantasy and Science Fiction although to be honest, I didn’t think I read that much of either this year. I think it’s because I mostly associate fantasy with epic fantasy whereas in reality I just read a lot of Wonder Woman comics, magical realism, and urban fantasy. I didn’t read a lot of hard science fiction either but more ones that have science fiction elements. I was really into the contemporary (realistic fiction) and literary fiction categories which is totally good with me. I find that I like those a lot more than I use to.


Thoughts: Nothing surprising here but I’ve discovered that I really like nonfiction (one of my favorite books of 2016 being nonfiction). I would really like to rectify this in 2017 aiming for around 10-15% nonfiction but I don’t know if that’s feasible or not.




Thoughts: 2016 wasn’t that great of a reading year or maybe I grade too harshly but I tend to rate books a 3 or or 4 with one lone 4.5 and one lone one star. I don’t tend to rate books 1 or 2 stars anymore.


Thoughts: I did read more YA than I did last year but that’s totally cool. Again, my most read category was Adult fiction. The other categories will probably stay the same percentage for the next few years. I only reach for New Adult when I’m in a certain mood and if I really like one because most of them I DNF’ed this year. I would like to read more middle grade next year but again, I usually only read those I’m in a certain mood but I would like to expand that a little more.


Thoughts: One of 2016 goals was to read more works of drama and poetry which I’m proud to say that I actually completed. I read at least one play almost every month. I really like the form so I might continue it into next year. Poetry reading will probably lessen next year because as much as I like some poetry, I don’t think it’s for me. I read a ton of graphic novels/manga this year and that will continue on to next year.

Country that Main Characters are From



Thoughts: There are a ton of discrepancies when it comes to this map because it doesn’t account for interracial backgrounds or people of color in the United States etc. etc. but I really liked the look of it and I’m kind of ashamed I haven’t read any books with characters of a South American heritage this year. That needs to be rectified. I did read a lot more Asian literature this year which I want to continue onto next year.

2016 Resolutions Lookback

Here is where I look back at my 2016 resolutions and see which ones I’ve actually met.

Goals (post from 2016 resolutions tag)

Read 70 books. Check.

Read 10 sequels. I only read 9 :(but that’s actually a lot more than I expected than I thought so I suppose that’s ok. I’m notoriously bad at keeping up with sequels unless it’s a series I really, really love.

And my next goal:


…..Wow I sure did REALLY well on this goal….

I only read Crime and Punishment so I guess this list didn’t push me to read certain classics although I did  read a couple of other classics this year. Woops..

My next goal was to read diversely which I think I did fairly well and hopefully I can do better next year! And my last goal was to read works of drama and poetry which I completed to good success. Yay!!

And that’s a wrap! 2016 reading in a nutshell. Let me know what you thought of my reading year, how your reading year compares and whether you reached your reading goals this year!







14 thoughts on “2016 Reading Statistics/Recap

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I actually just use an Excel sheet and then graph it at the end of the year haha. You should do one for 2017! I would love to see yours. It’s just a matter of remembering to record all the books as I read them which can be difficult at times.

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  1. Hehe, I love that you even looked back at your 2016 resolutions to see if you achieved your goals. I just finished writing my 2017 resolutions (which I already have scheduled for the start of the year) and I pretty much did the same (look at this year’s list of goals that is). Anyway, I can’t imagine how much time this must have took, but I always enjoy the charts/graphs you make. And 110?? That’s amazing! I think I’ll have to settle with 46 this year, but I’m okay with that since some of them were manga (and for those even if I read the entire series I only counted one volume towards my GRs challenge). Also your pie for age distribution is my ideal chart. I read so much YA, which isn’t a bad thing, but I really want to delve into adult fiction more.

    Anyway, cheers for another good if not better reading year in 2017! Happy new year, Carolyn.

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    1. Yay! Can’t wait to see your goals; it will probably inspire some of mine 😉
      Haha, the 110 is probably thanks to the graphic novels/short stuff that I read that adds up at the end but I didn’t think I’d be able to read that much so that’s fine. And you should be okay with 46! I feel like you were really busy this year what with school and work and stuff like that 🙂
      Hopefully in 2017, you can get to more adult fiction! That reminds we still have to do our Nightingale buddy read but I’m still on the waiting list :/
      Thanks Summer! I really hope 2017 is better too. Although I guess technically our new year doesn’t start until Jan 28th 😉


  2. It’s always so fun checking out your reading stats. You’re really good at that! Sorry to see you’re relieved to see the year ending. Hope it wasn’t too, too bad. LOL, you’re about as into non-ficton as I am. If you read Virginia Woolf, I hope you check out Orlando. It’s bizarre and kind of amazing at the same time. And of course the writing is incredible. Hey, I get a little eye-roll-y with most MG novels–do you have any great ones you’d recommend?

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    1. Thanks, I’m glad you enjoy them Eve! =) Well it could have been worse but I’m ready for a new start haha. I meant to read Mrs. Dalloway but I didn’t get to it. Orlando sounds really interesting and I like it spans a lot of time. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the rec!
      Wow, that’s hard..when it comes to MG I really like to read MG Fantasy. I just recently read one called Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George which is about a girl who befriends a dragon and it’s a very 90’s/2000’s fantasy if that makes any sense lmao. I also liked Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart which is also fantasy but super adventurous, quirky and dark.

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  3. Woah this is cool.. I think now you need to read more books by male authors haha and less fantasy to balance some of those out. Oh and less adult books. And stop grading harshly.
    That map though is goals.


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