I’ve always been a reader. Before blogging, I read the most out of all my friends, by far. But I was still only finishing a very small number of books each month (maybe 1-2?). During college, I had a hard time reading for pleasure since I was doing so much reading for school. I was burnt out on words!
But as soon as I joined Goodreads in January of 2012, I noticed that the rate at which I was finishing books was starting to dramatically increase. And I was reading even more books by the time I finally started book blogging in September of 2013.
Since my reading has changed so dramatically over the past two years, I thought that it might be fun to take a look at just how big of a difference Goodreads and blogging has really made on my reading lifestyle.
What I Read in 2012:
In 2012, I read 58 books that had a total of 23,405 pages.
Mostly I read Adult literature!
In Young Adult, Adult, and New Adult combined…these are all the genres I read! I thought it was interesting that, out of all eight YA books I read…all of them were dystopians! Also notable is the fact that I had no DNFs and didn’t read any novellas, either.
What I Read in 2013:
In 2013, I read 156 books that had a total of 54,954 pages. That means I more than doubled the amount I read in 2012!
Wow, a HUGE difference from 2012! The amount of Young Adult books I read drastically increased. I was actually surprised how much adult was still in there, though! In my head, I kind of imagine myself as being a “YA reader,” while clearly the charts don’t lie.
While I’d say this chart is equally as dispersed between different genres as in 2012 (I don’t predominantly read only one or two genres), this time around there are more genres, and there’s also a change in what I seemed to be preferring. In 2012, my most-read genres were (in order) romance, mystery/thriller, and classics. But in 2013, my most-read genres were paranormal, romance, and dystopian. Clearly I still like me some good sex scenes…but apparently I was pretty into vampires and aliens last year, too.
Looking Forward to 2014:
We’re 5 months into 2014, and I can already say that this year is going to be even stronger than last year! I’m sure that, at some point, there will be a natural stopping point…I can’t keep increasing my reading amount every single year. Eventually it just wouldn’t be possible to read more. But I’m slowly gaining my stride and figuring out what works for me, as somebody whose goal is to complete A LOT of books in their lifetime.
As you can see from the charts, I’m definitely becoming increasingly interested in reading YA. And in 2014, I’ve been straying away from Adult lit even more. But I think that I’ll always have eclectic tastes. I just naturally like to read books from a lot of different genres, and I’ve found books that I love in each one!
It’s so cool to take a look back and see how far I’ve come in the past two years, and how much blogging and being a Goodreads member has affected my reading…in both speed and genre. I’ve even branched out and read some novellas, graphic novels, and audiobooks since I started blogging! I love how it’s helped me break out of my reading shell.
What about you…how has blogging changed your reading habits? Do your reading stats increase each year or have you found a happy medium?