I have never read 52 books in 4 months before in my life and I’m so excited! I honestly can’t believe that I completed my Goodreads challenge so early in the year. Since I still have so much of the year left to read, I thought it was a good idea to check my reading statistics in terms of genres, authors, diversity and some other things, and see if there was anything I wanted to change in terms of my reading for the rest of 2018. Here’s what I found:
This are the genres I have read, the number of books for each genre and the percentage that the number of books represents in terms of my reading:
- Romance= 17 book (33% of my reading )
- YA Contemporary = 9 books (17% of my reading)
- Poetry Collections= 7 books (13% of my reading)
- Fantasy = 6 books (12% of my reading)
- Sci-fi= 6 books (12% of my reading)
- Non Fiction (memoir) = 4 books (8% of my reading)
- Fiction (chick lit) = 2 (4% of my reading)
- Historical Fiction =1 (2% of my reading)
In other years, my two main genres were YA Contemporary and fantasy, but with time romance has climbed to the top of my list. One of the main reasons is that I’m in a fantasy slump, but also it has to do with the fact that when my mental health is not great, reading romance really helps me. I want to try to read more fantasy again.
I used to read mainly YA, but I feel like this year that hasn’t been the case, so I wanted to check how much YA I have read this year. I tried to see how much new adult and adult I have been reading but since I read so much romance and I’m not sure how to separate which one are NA and which one are adult, I decided to stick to just YA:
Young Adult= 19 books out of 52 are young adult (36%)- I like that this % has drop because it means I have more of a balance in terms of how much YA/NA/Adult I read.
This year I’m trying to read more new releases and I have been writing posts with my anticipated releases for each month, so I wanted to check how I was doing with that goal.
2018 releases= 11 books ( 21%) – this is not that good since I want new releases to be at least 40% of what I read, that’s the goal for this year and I need to start reading more new releases.
I have read a total of 46 authors this year:
5 male authors (10%) VS. 41 female authors (90%)
I checked and found no information about any of the authors being non-binary or gender non-conforming.
I honestly love the fact that the majority of the authors I read are female and I want to keep it like that.
POC Authors = 14 authors out of 46 (26%)
I need to do better, the percentage of POC authors I read needs to increase! Also, I’m latinx, so I checked how many of the POC authors were latinx and I’m ashamed, only 4 authors are latinx.
Authors that are part of the LBGTQIAP community= 8 authors out of 46 (15%)
Again, I need to do better and read more authors that are part of the LGBTQIAP community. Also, I may have missed some authors because I only counted the ones that have publicly talked about their sexual orientation.
20 books out of 52 (38%) had LGBTQIAP main characters or, in a few cases, love interests (that had significant roles in the story):
1 book had a tran character
1 book had a non-binary character
3 books had asexual characters
6 books had lesbian characters
6 books had bisexual characters
8 books had gay characters
In terms of romance, out of the 37 books I read that had romance in the them: 8 books had a m/m romance, 8 had a f/f romance and 21 had a m/f romance. I just want to note that not all the m/f romances are straight couples, since a few have bisexual characters.
15 out of 52 books (28%) had POC main characters. 6 of these 15 characters are latinx.
Honestly, I need to do so much better in terms of reading more diversely. I haven’t been paying that much attention to what I read and I haven’t been choosing the books I read as consciously as I should have been.