Since the calendar flipped over to January 1, 2016, I’ve been keeping track of all my books read in an Excel spreadsheet. This has been more fun than I’d care to admit. It’s also been very informative as I’ve been making notes of a bunch of stats to get a physical picture of what I read. So I’ve taken all the stats I’ve gathered over the last six months and made a chart using Piktochart (which is only the most fun thing ever).
What my chart tells me is that I like to read books by men who are mostly from countries that are primarily English speaking. To be honest I’m not surprised by this, as when I think about the books that I’m most drawn to as a reader and what seems to end up in my hands, they are usually books written by English speaking males. It’s not a choice I go out of my way to make, it’s just the way it ends up. I’d like there to be a bit more variety in these stats, but I likes what I likes!
Seeing my reading in numbers (which could be further broken down in a million and one ways – what I’ve done is super basic and is by no means perfect) is not so much eye-opening as it is a confirmation of what I already knew. But having a visual representation will maybe encourage me to widen my reading further. Will it happen this year? Probably not, because I’m (meant to be) reading the books I already have, but in the new year I have something to work towards. Even if it’s not a complete flipping of the stats, a little change would be nice to see.
I read stacks of single issue comics this year, but I haven’t included them in my stats. I had been including them on my spreadsheet, but it got really annoying after a while as there were so many of them. So the below is based on novels and those I’ve categorised as graphic novels.