I start out every year with two basic reading goals: average a thousand pages a month, and read more than last year. 2016 marked the third year that I have had these goals and so far I have hit the target every year. In addition to being a reading nerd I also happen to be a bit of a chart nerd. I love good charts.Take for example this one.
Every year when I am through reading I like to spend way too much time charting what I read to see if there are any interesting trends. Before you make fun of me just remember you are reading a blog about all of this, so just bear that in mind. Below is my reading chart by genre followed by some thoughts.
First, It doesn't surprise me that the Mystery/Thriller category is the biggest. I grew to love reading by consuming every Hardy Boys book that I could get my hands on and I still love a good mystery. Second, this is the most diverse my reading has been. Of course, it is also possible that I am actually doing a better job of classifying my reading. Third, I found it very odd that I did not read any sports books this year. That is a bit unusual for someone who likes sports.
Now here is my reading chart divided up by book format.
What is interesting about this chart is what it is missing - paper books. This was the first year of my life that I did not finish a physical book. Some of that has to do with randomness, and a lot of that has to do with convenience. The ability to keep a book with me at all times, and to highlight incredibly easily has made digital my go-to format. I knew that I hadn't read a lot of physical books in 2016, but it wasn't until I did this chart that I realized it was 0. I was also surprised that audio books comprised as much as they did. Audio had a part in 65% of what I read in 2016. A large part of that is convenience. I have a 20 minute drive to work, and hour lunch break, and a 20 minute drive home at night. That means that a lot of days I can listen to almost 2 hours of an audio book. This makes it very easy to keep reading while also working a job, writing a book, and parenting three kids!
Who knows what my reading for 2017 will have in store. Perhaps I will read an actual physical book. Maybe I will get so desperate to top 2016 that I will start counting every time I read Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed and this book which the kids and I just started.