Last year, I read a lot more (128), but this year there was job hunting and actual adulting to be done, so it makes sense that it’s less. I’ve also had a fair few reading/blogging slumps. I did however get in more re-reads (9, as opposed to 3) – which was one of my goals. I want to give myself the freedom to revisit old favorites, especially when finishing series.
Less series started (45 vs. 46 – STILL COUNTS) and MORE finished (16 vs. 10), so I feel like we can call this a successful reading year. I did read less debuts, but I’m okay with that.
Seriously, it’s been so long that I did a
What I do think is really interesting is that there is a definite upwards trend in my average rating per month. And I think that’s mostly because I started seriously cutting down on review copies in the latter half of the year. The difference is CLEAR. I enjoy books so much more if I can pick them out based on my friends’ advice and opinions.
So much better than last year! Last year I still had one 0 orange rating, and overall the average was 3.38. I feel like in 2015 I learned SO MUCH about which books are definitely for me, which ones I should be more hesitant with, and which to avoid at all costs.
Okay, that’s actually hilarious. The pie chart is EXACTLY the same as last year. But the average ratings got closer together. So.. basically this doesn’t tell you much. But I would like to read MORE standalones.
I read less YA this year (71% vs. 80%) and much more new adult (17% vs. 10%). That also contributed to the reading spike in March – I went on a total NA binge. But let’s not be fooled – the average rating is much lower. The hunt for really good NA continues. YA increased significantly in average rating – almost by 0.5!! Huzzah for YA!
Contemporary decreased from 43% to 36% and fantasy increased from 18% to 29%! I swear I didn’t realize that at ALL. I think it’s a review copy thing? I’m skeptical of contemporary ARCs but always tempted by the fantasy ones. Also sci-fi decreased significantly from 17% to 8% – which is almost ALL The Lunar Chronicles (Fairest, Winter, and my re-reads).
Horror seems high, but that’s based on one book: Feed by Mira Grant, which I loved in spite of it being a zombie book. Other than non-fiction, it’s higher ratings all around – the biggest jump being thrillers, thanks to the fabulous Every series by Ellie Marney.
Okay, so I still read HarperCollins the most – but it did decrease (30% vs. 33%). And Macmillan soared to second place (19% vs. 7%) – but that makes sense, because at the start of the year I was still on their mailing list. Surprisingly many indies, but that’s again because of the March NA binge.
See, indies don’t lead to good things with me. Which is why I still will NEVER accept them as review copies. I inflict enough pain on myself. But otherwise, the ratings are good! All of them had big increases, the biggest being Macmillan with a 0.74 point boost. Allen & Unwin profited off of the Every series, and HMH has the His Fair Assassin series to thank. Heck yes to series binges!
I was all ready to throw myself a party for having less review copies this year, but it’s actually almost the same as last year (47% vs. 48%). That one point decrease deserves some confetti though, right? *limply tosses confetti* Better luck next time.
BEA is based on one finished copy from 2014 that I just got around to this year, so don’t freak out about that. That would be amazing otherwise xD I am very happy with the high ratings for purchased, won, and gifted books though. Good book choices 🙂 And there were MASSIVE jumps for Edelweiss (3.53 vs. 2.8) and NetGalley (3.42 vs. 2.7). WOAH. Yeah, I got a lot better in selectively choosing review copies.
Slightly more hardcovers, almost half as many paperbacks, 50% more e-ARCs… but the biggest jump is e-books. Which, again, is because of the NA binge in March. I really need to work on reading my unread physical copies…
4.07 for my hardcovers? HELL YEAH. Smart purchasing decisions. Anyway, the rest is basically just good all around.