Blogging Stats 2013!

So…. this is my kind of pie chart. I'm a words person, not a numbers person. But at the end of last year, I did a blogging stats post that was so fun (for me, at least!) that I decided to do it again.  And since this is the second year of keeping stats, I can spot trends in my own reading.

Interested? If not, it's completely okay if you want to just go eat some pie…

How many books did I read in 2012?

200! This number was unchanged from last year. I read about 2-3 books a week, plus a big stack on my summer vacation, which is a comfortable pace for me.

How many books did I review on my blog in 2013?

148!  Last year I reviewed 120.

How many debut books did I read in 2013?

40. That number is down from last year, when I read 63. Not sure what explains that, as I think that debuts are often more readily available for review.

Okay, now we get to the pie!

Where Did I Get the Books I Read in 2013?

Netgalley 31%
Edelweiss 19%
Bought 19%
Tours 9%
Physical ARCs sent for review 12%
Other (library, borrowed, swapped) 9%

What Genres Did I Read in 2013?

Contemporary/Realistic 27%
Paranormal 21%
Suspense/Horror 17%
Science Fiction 15%
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic 10%
Fantasy 6%
Historical 4%

This breakdown didn't change a lot -- and it's not a perfect analysis because of all the books that blur genre lines -- but I definitely read more science fiction and suspense in 2013.

Am I Still Reading Too Many Series?

In 2012, my stats were 37% series, 56% standalone, 7% companion.

In 2013, my stats were 43% series, 49% standalone, 8% companion

I guess the answer is yes….

Series/Trilogies I Finished in 2013:

1.  Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis
2. Prodigy trilogy by Marie Lu
3. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
4. Birthright trilogy by Gabrielle Zevin
5. Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
6. Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting
7. Dreamless trilogy by Josephine Angelini
8. Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson
9. Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver
10. Lumatere Chronicles trilogy by Melina Marchetta
11. Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty

Okay, that's enough number crunching for me. How was your reading year? Tell me in comments! And Happy 2014 -- wishing you a wonderful year!


  1. I love reading stat posts like this...but when I think of doing one myself me head starts to hurt. Perhaps I'll try. I LOVE your first pie chart :-)

  2. I love the pie charts-I find these fascinating and am looking forward to compiling some of my own as well as my best of 2013 picks. I don't think you can read too many series books unless you're sticking with series you don't like just to finish them; that's kind of a problem. I notice a slight increase in companion books and I wonder if that will continue in 2014 as it seems like a lot of books are doing that instead of having a traditional series in 1,2,3 order.

  3. Wow you have had a great 2013! I hope 2014 turns out to be just as great!

  4. I love the pie charts! I really plan on keeping better records over this new year so I can finally do something similar. I'm now super curious how many series vs. standalones I read. The genre question is a bit harder to answer, because I agree there's a lot more genre mash ups these days. Can't wait to see what 2014 brings to your reading!

  5. Can I have pie AND read your stats?

    I don't really keep track of my reading but I am trying to be me more organized via Goodreads. I started adding more shelves so it should help for 2014. I was having a hard time finding books I had already read and I'm hoping this will make things easier for me.

    Everything got lost using the Read/Want to Read system unless I could remember something about the book that could aid my search.

    The one stat I do know is that I read a total of 167 books for the year which totally shocks me. My original goal was 60 because of my reading slump. And most of that number was accomplished during the second half of the year so yay me! I hope it continues for 2014.

    Happy New Year Jen!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  6. I love reading your stats! I think my goal for 2014 will be that I do the same for NEXT January, to look back and see my stats and reading patterns. It's interesting to see :)

  7. Awesome stats! Sorry I haven't been around to comment in months, but I've had some majr personal issues to deal with. I still love your blog and have been checking up on it frequently! Congrats on another great year!

  8. what a busy year! I think I read about 26 books... not a lot at all!

  9. I remember your post from last year and how I wished I'd thought to keep track of my stats. You inspired me! But even so, I forgot a lot of categories and am including them for 2014. Like, for some reason, I stopped notating debuts? And I didn't have anywhere to indicate series reads, which really interests me because I feel like that's ALL I read. Great analysis, Jen!

  10. I loved this last year too! I actually would like to go through my books just for me. I have been planning on writing up a final post for last year stating how many books I read and from where, so it will be a little like yours, but with my own spin. I just think it's interesting to see where the bulk of my interest went. Thanks for sharing!

  11. 11 series, nice! :) I love seeing these stats, so thanks for sharing.

  12. I finished Prodigy trilogy, Body Finder series, and Delirium trilogy in 2013 too ☺ Spent a lot of time trying to catch up on other series like pretty little liars too ☺

  13. My series went up in 2013 too! I definitely want to aim for more standalones in 2014!

    Love your pie charts!

  14. Wow so you're like a superstar reader. 200 books and over 100 reviews is huge. Great job! I also love how the pie charts are especially useful for diversity in reading genres. I'm noticing many people have contemporary as their #1, which is interesting because I think that's the genre I read the least of. Have a great 2014!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  15. I am really bad at finishing a series. I have to really love it otherwise I always put them off. I've been reading more standalone books. I usually read about 150 a year but this year I only read 132 since I've had a lot less free time and I've sort of burned myself out a bit. Most of my books this year were library or purchased or borrowed. I cut way down on review books but I still get a free from Netgalley, Edelweiss, and blog tours. This year I'm going to really cut down on those and try to read more of my WOW picks.

  16. Hahaha, that is definitely the best kind of pie chart! XD Congrats on finishing the challenge! 200 books- that's amazing! And I find it really cool that you read a little bit of everything- I'm mostly on paranormal and fantasy... I think I read 2 contemporary books only in the whole 2013 (Pushing the Limits and Confessions of an Angry Girl) I also finished 7 out of the 11 series you finished! (Really need to catch up on Dreamless- never even read Starcrossed yet!)

    I hope you beat your stats this year! :) You can do it!

  17. ... I'm really glad there's leftover pie in my fridge because THANK YOU FOR THAT CRAVING, MISSY!

    Well done on reading 200 books by the way, that's beyond amazing :D Are you doing any reading challenges this year? There's a great one for us series buffs over at Read. Sleep. Repeat!

  18. Awesome! Good job on reading that many books. This year I've decided to keep track on my book spending. Eeek!

  19. Oh I like this post! I haven't kept track that closely and am too lazy to figure it out. I read 203 books which is less then previous years, but still hit my goal of 200.
    I know I have FAR too many series started and so many I should just finish because the books are all out.
    I agree debuts are more readily available for review.
    This year I need to add less to the TBR and work through what I have. But I say that every year...

  20. You rocked it in 2013! That's a lot of books. Hope you kick butt this year.

  21. AMAZING, you read a ton of books! I love the stats and pie chart you created. Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2014 Jen.: Happy New Years! :)

  22. You finished Jessica Darling!!!!?????????what did you think??????


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