Happy New Year everyone!! I’ve taken a week off to just relax and start fresh in 2018, but I managed to get a lot done for my blog than I thought. Goodreads showed me my 2017 Reading Trends, so I thought I would share them all with you! And, because of these stats, I have made plans for reading in 2018. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty, shall we?
2017 Reading Trends: The Goodreads Challenge
I started this challenge before I started my blog this year, so I made plans to read only 50 books. 2017 was the first year I set a reading challenge on Goodreads, but I’m so glad I did! Last year I read a book TWICE because I didn’t know that I had read it before. It’s great to keep track of the books I read, and all the extra stats are nice as well!
That’s quite a list, at least for me! I’m really proud of all the reading I’ve accomplished this year, and I’m excited for what’s to come in 2018.
**Update: I managed to squeeze in ONE MORE BOOK just after I finished this post. So my stats may be a bit off, but only by one. I got through Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney, who is another male author and a new author.**
2017 Reading Stats
This year I surpassed my goal and read a total of 70 books. 68 of those books were fiction while the final 2 were nonfiction. Those two nonfiction books were both 5-star-reads, so I plan on reading some more nonfiction in 2018.
Of the 68 fiction books I read in 2017, they were split into many different genres. But there were two dominating genres: Thriller/Horror and Historical Fiction. Since these are both my favorite genres, I’m not very surprised by these dominating genres. Out of 70 books, 30 were Thriller/Horror and 15 were Historical Fiction.
2017 Goodreads Reading Stats
- Books Read: 70
- Total Pages: 23,563
- Longest Book: The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch (816 pages)
- Shortest Book: Assassin Marked by Michael C. Sahd (27 pages)
- Average Length: 337 pages
- Most Popular Book: Animal Farm by George Orwell (2,699,095 people also read)
- Least Popular Book: Demon, Interrupted by Elliot Parker (5 people also read)
An In-Depth Look at 2017 Authors
When I choose to read a book, I barely even glance at the author until I finish the book and rate it. If it’s an amazing read that I couldn’t put down, that author becomes one that I follow along with and look out for their new books. That being said, I took a tally at the end of the year of the different authors I read and realize that a lot of them were either new authors or new-to-me authors! Here’s the breakdown:
With these stats, I realize that I haven’t read a lot of books written by authors of color. Like I mentioned above, I really didn’t choose books based on the authors this year. I do plan on remedying that a bit. Since getting into blogging this year, I have acquired quite a list of favorite authors and realized that I read a lot of first-time authors. Here is my list of book by new authors in 2017:
- The Radium Girls: The Dark History of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
- A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis
- Demon, Interrupted by Elliot Parker
- The Dry by Jane Harper
- Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
- The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper
- Assassin Marked by Michael C. Sahd
- Final Girls by Riley Sager
- See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
- The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
- American War by Omar El Akkad
- Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
I have also managed to grow my list of go-to authors because of the books I’ve read in 2017. Previously, this list was rather short, containing maybe only 5 authors that I really followed religiously. Now, I have a slightly larger group of authors that I plan on reading in the future:
- The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch: I have been reading Janet Fitch’s novel ever since her first release, White Oleander, many years ago.
- The Rules of Magic and The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman: My first Alice Hoffman novel was Practical Magic when I was a teenager, after I saw the movie, of course.
- Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah: The Nightingale was my first Kristin Hannah novel, and it’s one that I will never forget.
- The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper: To me, this book was magical and nostalgic, and I will definitely be looking for Elise Hooper’s next novel.
- The Grownup by Gillian Flynn: Gillian Flynn’s work has such a creepy vibe to it, so it’s no surprise she’s a top author since I read Dark Places.
- After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman: This was my first Laura Lippman novel, but I have a few more of her works on my TBR, including her upcoming novel, Sunburn.
- Norse Mythology and American Gods by Neil Gaiman: I read American Gods so I could watch the show, and immediately fell in love with Gaiman’s storytelling.
- The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game by Ruth Ware: I read my first Ruth Ware this year, and I still plan on reading In a Dark, Dark Wood at some point. She’s done a good job writing great thriller novels.
- Lie To Me by JT Ellison: I LOVED this book, and JT Ellison is so sweet. So I picked up a book of short stories that she edited, and they look like a great, creepy read.
- Final Girls by Riley Sager: Horror movies and the idea of the Final Girl has always fascinated me, so the fact that an author gave us this horror trope in novel form is great. I’ll be on the lookout for Sager’s next novel. Plus, he’s a New Jersey native!
And those are my 2017 Reading Trends! I didn’t really pay too much attention to the different books and authors I read. I tend to read what looks good to me. But I would like to start broadening my reading horizons a bit for 2018. So, taking the stats above, I plan on setting some reading goals for 2018! I’ll be participating in the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, and I already have my list up in the menu bar. What kinds of books did you read this year? Will you be adjusting your reading habits next year? Let me know!