Saturday, December 31, 2022

Neyhart's Nerdy Reading Recap 2022: Book stats, Graphs, and Charts!

I like that Goodreads tells me I'm really good at reading, and probably a lot of other things too!

2022 was the 11th year I tracked every book I read! The first year I did this I set my reading goal at a modest (for me) 52 books for the year because one book a week sounded pretty manageable. And the reason I decided to start tracking my reading was to help motivate me to read more than I already did.

2014 was the first year I started using a spreadsheet to help me collect and analyze more data than Goodreads allows. In 2019, I discovered that had a spreadsheet template with some built-in charts and graphs, beyond what I was already tracking. So I have used it for the past three years while modifying it to my liking. Here is a link where you can get their 2023 reading log template.

Now on to the nerd stats:

Number of books read: 200
Number of pages read: 37,753
Average book length: 188 pages

Mode of reading:

Audiobook: 67 (33.5%)
Ebook: 104 (52%) 
Print: 29 (14.5%)

(This breakdown is very similar to last year.)

Book Genres:
Similar to the past two years, I read more nonfiction than fiction (60/40 split), whereas in previous years this was more of a 50-50 split.

More specific genres and categories I tracked:
LGBTQ Studies: 15 books (some of these overlap with memoir/Bio and other genres)
Seminary: 75 books - 37.5% of the books I read were for my seminary studies
 (these overlap with Bible & Theology, obviously)
Bible: 52
Theology: 39
Fantasy: 39
Science Fiction: 39 (interesting that my sci-fi/fantasy was split 50-50 this year!)
    Almost 40% of the books I read were either Fantasy or Sci-Fi
Memoir/Bio: 12 (not as many as last year which was 19)
Children's: 9
General Nonfiction: 8
General Fiction: 2

Gender of Author:
Last year I was finally able to read slightly more women than men but this year it's back to 62% male, 36% female, and 2% non-binary. I'm going to have to try harder in 2023 to even this out! 

Books Read Per Month 2022:
This chart looks about like I would expect it to with me reading the most books between May and August when I have more time to read for fun, along with December and January because I'm also on break from classes half of December and all of January (other than auditing a J-term, which I will also be reading for).

Read vs. Re-reads:

First-time read: 132 books (66%)
Re-read: 68 books (34%)   

Here is an image of the 35 books I have labeled as my favorite books I read for the first time in 2022:
screenshot of part of my spreadsheet

Feel free to tell me about your reading year in the comments or in an email back to me!  

If you are interested in reading progressive-type theology books and discussing them with me and other people, click on over to this page where you can find out more about that and join the fun

Link to my book reviews

Previous reading recaps and book lists:

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