How is it July already?! Honestly y’all, I’m just catching up to what date it is and even then I’m either messing up the month or day of the month. Usually both. Does anyone else feel like they’re a month or two behind? I’m hoping it’s not just me. Anyway, I didn’t do one of these last year and honestly, I wasn’t planning on doing it this year either. But then I figured, why not? I personally love reading others’ posts on their mid-year reading stats so I’m hoping you’ll like to see mine as well.
The good thing here is that I’m ahead of my Goodreads Challenge, which is at 70 books. I wanted to go higher this year, but I like to calculate in for reading slumps and long books, so I decided 70 would be a good number. I’m surprised that I’m still ahead given that I had a slump already this year, but then again, I don’t usually fall behind until the end of the year. The holidays usually get to me and my reading time.
So, let’s get to the books and stats!
Of these books, I rated them an average of 4.08 stars, so I’d say that’s pretty good that I enjoyed most of them. I believe I only gave one book 2 stars, and none of them any less than that because for me, if it’s less than two stars I likely didn’t finish it. A good portion of February’s books were manga (I went on a little binge there) which bumped me up for that month, and that’s probably how I got ahead on my reading challenge as well.
Below is a screenshot of my statistics that I keep on my Reading Tracker Spreadsheet, which breaks down my number of books per month, how many I’ve read and DNF’d, how many pages I’ve read, and so on. This is where my nerd really shows and why my coworkers make fun of me when I show them my reading spreadsheet when we’re on the topic of keeping track of the books we’ve read. It comes up a lot since we work in a library and patrons are always forgetting if they’ve read a certain book or not.
As shown, I’ve only DNF’d two books this year, though I’ve come close to DNFing at least two more before I pushed on and thankfully the books ended up being ones I enjoyed. There’s also a breakdown of where I get my books from when I buy books, the age categories I read from, genres, and all that good stuff. What’s new this year is keeping track of my favorite book each month. Sometimes there’s more than one, but I only list my top favorite or at least the one I’ll answer if anyone asks.
So going by this, I definitely plan to make my 70 books for the year, most likely more than that. I don’t usually change my Challenge because I like to see how much more I read than I thought I would. I’d like to change how many books from my Owned TBR that I read, making that more than the books I bought this year, but then again, reading books the same year I got them is pretty good too. At least they’re not sitting there for years and years.
How does your year of reading look so far?