Reading Statistics for the First Half of 2019, Including Where My Books Came From

Almost halfway through the year: how am I doing on the reading goals I set for myself? So-so. I’m mostly managing one doorstopper and one classic per month, though sometimes I’ve had to fudge it a little with modern classics or a skim read. I’ve read precisely 0 travel classics, biographies, or re-reads, so those aims are a fail thus far. As to literature in translation, I’m doing better: it’s made up 8.1% of my reading, nearly double my 2018 percentage. And it looks like I’m on track to meet or exceed my Goodreads target.


The breakdown:


Fiction: 42.3%

Nonfiction: 42.3%

Poetry: 15.4%

(Exactly equal numbers of fiction and nonfiction books! What are the odds?!)


Male author: 41.3%

Female author: 56.7%

Non-binary author: 2%

(This is the first year when I’ve consciously read work by non-binary authors – three of them.)


E-books: 9.3%

Print books: 90.7%

(I seem to be moving further and further away from e-books now that they no longer make up the bulk of my paid reviewing.)


I always find it interesting to look back at where my books come from. Here are the statistics for the year so far, in both real numbers and percentages (not including books I’m currently reading, DNFs or books I only skimmed):


  • Free print or e-copy from the publisher or author: 65 (43%)
  • Public library: 31 (21%)
  • Secondhand purchase: 21 (14%)
  • Downloaded from NetGalley or Edelweiss: 12 (8%)
  • Gifts: 9 (6%)
  • Free, e.g. from Book Thing of Baltimore, local swap shop or free mall bookshop: 5 (3.5%)
  • University library: 4 (2.5%)
  • New book purchase: 2 (1.5%)
  • Borrowed: 1 (0.5%)


How are you doing on any reading goals you set for yourself?

Where do you get most of your books from?

11 responses

  1. In my job I visit most schools in our division. Quite a few of the schools have a free book shelf, so I borrow and return. I also go to a used book shop where we can build credit and in the summer I tend to visit the library and while travelling I have to pop into the used book shops along the way. Very seldom do I buy new.

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    1. The two new purchases mentioned above were of poetry books at a conference book stall. I never normally buy new books, and if I do they’re at bargain prices.

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      1. lol! I love the Coles tables where books are $2 or $5. However I do purchase new books for my Great Nephews. I send them for the 12 days of Christmas.


  2. I’m really focusing on my own TBR pile right now, along with having an ongoing focus on POC female authors. I say that, but I must admit regular library visits and occasional travels where I come across an indie bookshop. I’m just about to put together my halfway stats and like you and yr reading, I’m curious to see how I’m doing.

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    1. This year I based my 20 Books of Summer challenge around books I already own, so I’ll be getting through at least 20 of my books by the end of the summer!

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  3. These days, my main source is definitely the library. I rarely buy fiction, though I may get a new copy of non fiction that interests me, to support our local indie bookshop. No e-books at all. I just don’t like reading that way. And I haven’t got any goals. The next book I pick up will be the one that’s winking at me from the top of the pile.

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  4. 148? Wow! And I thought I was doing well with 76 books read so far this year! And you manage to review quite a lot of them as well. I am awestruck…


    1. I aim to write something about everything I read, even if it’s just a sentence or two. Otherwise it’s as if it’s lost to me forever. I’m lucky to be able to read for hours each day.


  5. Nikki @TheNightIsDarkAndFullOfBooks | Reply

    That’s an impressive amount of books read already! Well done! Good luck on completing your goals in the rest of the year 🙂

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  6. I’m at 59 books right now and my goal for the year is 100 so I’m feeling pretty good about that. And also totally impressed by your totals! I’ve been using the library a lot more this year but otherwise I get most of my books secondhand.

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    1. You’ll definitely make your goal!

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