Musing About Things: Yearly Bookish Statistics


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Books and a Beat‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

So today’s topic is: Yearly Bookish Statistics!

Happy January everyone! I can’t believe it’s already two weeks in to 2017!

So this is the time of year where everyone busts out their yearly reading stats and I love checking out what people want to share! How many books they read, DNFs, re-reads. How many books in each genre. How many backlist and currently releases. How many 5 stars reads, how many 0 star reads. The list goes on!

And I think, hey that’s super cool. Wouldn’t it be nice to have this to look back on and see if and how your reading style has change? I should try doing this! Than I remember I’m a lazy slug.

I manage to keep track of the number of books I read in year thanks to Goodreads. Otherwise, that’s about it. I mean, yes, I can go back and drudge through my list and break it down into all those fun stats. But who’s got time for that!? Not I, the lazy slug.

So dear friends who are badass and actually do yearly bookish stats, I ask you this question: how do you do it?

Is it the magic of an excel spreadsheet? Do you use your Goodreads? Do you keep track all year long or compile your data at the end of the year?

Since it’s only two weeks into the new year, I might have a good chance of actually not getting to far behind on starting data collection. Who knows, maybe you’ll see a year of stats from me at the end of 2017!



So are you a data keeper or a ‘I just like to look at other people’s pretty graphs’ (like me) kinda person?

If you do like to collect data, how do you do it?

What are (or would be) your “must keep track” of things? I think I’d like to know what genres I read and how many backlist I manage to get to in a year!

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

28 Replies to “Musing About Things: Yearly Bookish Statistics”

  1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE data collection! I actually use a combination of the excel spreadsheet and Goodreads. I think it’s fun!

    I track books, authors, genre, narrators, format, page numbers, audio length, how I got it, star rating, pub year, also rereads & DNFs…basically, anything else I can track! If I find more ways to track, I will definitely add it next year!

    1. I totally loved your stats post! I wish I wasn’t so lazy. Down below, Lori shared a good excel sheet by Book Riot so I’m going to attempt to keep track of stuff haha.

  2. It is, in fact, the magic of an Excel spreadsheet, haha. For me at least. I find it fun and interesting to keep track of all sorts of bookish things. I enjoy it. So yeah, it is a bit of work, but as long as I complete the chart for each book as I go, it only takes a moment, and then at the end of the year I have it all right there and just have to use filters to tell me the number of books for each genre or each rating or whatever.

    1. I’m so bad with Excel 🙁 Haha. I do love the idea of keeping track of stuff.
      Agree, definitely doing it as you go is probably much better than attempting to compile data all at the end! Good luck with your data collecting!

  3. I keep track of nothing lol I know myself well enough to understand data and stats drive me crazy enough that I don’t what to think about how I did for the year. I don’t know how people do it!

    1. Haha fair enough! I don’t like doing the stat part but I like the end product so I might give it go this year! I’m definitely impressed by those who can do it ever year!

  4. I just use Goodreads and don’t do anything fancy with it. I like that GR breaks it down somewhat for you at the end of the year now. I just came across this last week It’s a spreadsheet that breaks it all down for you. It looks pretty neat! I really should use it before I get too many books under my belt for the year.

    1. Oh my gosh! That’s perfect! I love that Book Riot has a pre-made spreadsheet! I will definitely have to give this a try! Thanks for letting me know about it, Lori! Good luck!

  5. As much as I am fascinated by facts and data in most aspects of my life, keeping track of my own reading data somehow always takes the fun out of reading for me. I do absolutely love reading other people’s yearly stats, though! And I suppose I would love to see my own, but I just don’t want to have to go through the process of tracking or logging the data myself, haha. #lazy Great post, Cyn!

    1. I know what you mean! I wish there was an easier way for us to keep track of data (aka. someone else doing it for us, haha). Agree, I do love reading people’s stats, too!

  6. I use Goodreads. For challenges I use UBB Challenges plugin but beyond that nothing.

    1. Oh the UBB Challenge would definitely be helpful! I really struggle with keeping track of my challenge books which is why I don’t do as many challenges anymore.

  7. At the end of every month I do a wrap-up and I compile all my stats for the month and my current challenge progress there. I also have a spreadsheet I found in my Google Drive that I attempted to start last year (I think…) and I never saw it again after a couple weeks. It is more specific with things like page numbers, F/M author, author origin, etc. I want to try to keep up with it this year.

    1. The monthly wrap-up is a great idea to keep track of stats! Haha I have a feeling I’ll probably forget about my spreadsheet soon. Good luck with keeping up with the stats, Charlie!

  8. I am way too lazy to do anything besides Goodreads. I like to keep track of DNFs, ARCs, and audios so I have shelves for those but that is about it. I am always in awe of the crazy graphs and statistics people come up with though!!

    1. That’s usually me too, haha. Agree, definitely amazed by the awesome graphs!

  9. I use goodreads to track my books, its the easiest and simplest way to do it. I do know that some people try to do an excel spreadsheet. But I am starting to use my bullet journal to track my books as well.

    1. Agree! Goodreads is definitely a nice and easy way to keep track. I’m just so bad with excel.
      Oh, bullet journal! Nice! I would love to have one but I don’t have the skills or patience for it, haha.

  10. I love stats and data collecting and all that fun stuff, but unfortunately, I too am a lazy slug lol. One of these days though, I will create a spreadsheet or even a journal of some type and make it look super nice and organized. I really am curious about the genres I read.

    1. It’s a struggle, haha. Bullet journals are super in now and it seems lots of people use that to stay organized! Goodreads is a nice and easy way to keep track of the simple stuff for me (:

  11. I have no idea because I guess I’m also a lazy slug. I also don’t find recent comparisons as interesting as how I changed over say a 3-5 year period. I think you see a more interesting change rather than just through a year. Now having said that, I actually like it when others do this and I find their posts interesting. I guess I find others more interesting than myself. LOL

    1. Haha, sometimes that just the way it is, I like being a lazy slug. Definitely over a few years would be interesting to see the difference!
      Other people always seem more interesting 😉

  12. I am not good at keeping track of things except for what Goodreads will do for me. I went through my Goodreads and looked at a few things for the past year but nothing too detailed. I am pretty lazy myself!

    1. Goodreads, my best book friend 🙂 Where would we be without it, right!

  13. Ha! I’m a lazy slug like you and only keep track of books read on GR. I’m totally envious of those who can post stats and stuff for every year, sometimes 5+ years worth.

    1. Thank god for Goodreads right! It would be so nice to have stats over the years to look at, I’m definitely impressed by those who do!

  14. Like others I too let Goodreads do all the work for me and as far as I am concerned they do a pretty good job of it.

    1. Yay for Goodreads, right!

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