In 2018 I read 51 books, after pledging to read 50 in my Goodreads challenge. I’ve seen a few other book bloggers do some analysis of figures of their reading lists and I thought I’d take a look at my own list and crunch the numbers. If you’re a numbers person, this one’s for you.

First, some raw data and hard facts…

  • I read 51 books, which equals 18,274 pages in total
  • The longest book was The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • The shortest book was The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith
  • The oldest book was The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The newest book was Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Now let’s look at the country of birth of the authors I read…

You can see I read mostly authors from the US and UK. Israel is a huge component for one reason – I read all of Leigh Bardugo’s books, and although she’s American, she was born in Israel so I counted her there. This is definitely not a diverse reading year. Paula Hawkins is a British writer but she was born in Zimbabwe, which is why Zimbabwe is included. I’d like to read from a wider range of authors with more diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Next is gender of the author…

As you can see, I mostly read female writers. I do this on purpose, and intend to keep reading mostly from writers who identify as anything other than cis male.

The dates each book was published…

This isn’t a particularly exciting graph. I read mostly books published in the last 10 years. Not so surprising. I like reading contemporary novels.

I’m sure there are some cool things I could do with the raw data I’ve put together of my 51 books… I have the page length of each novel, the year of publication, the author, gender, etc.. and I wonder how else I could analyse this. I’m not an analytical, number person so I can’t really think of anything off the top of my head!

See all the books I read here.

How does this compare to the books you read in 2018?