Books in 2012 – the stats

18 Dec

I was preparing the post for Books in 2012 review and i started writing down some interesting stats for the first time. Then i thought it would be a good post on its own.  I read a total of 26 books, compared to 15 in 2011.

Fiction 65% (17) Vs Non-fiction (9) 35%
As far as the fiction and non-fiction decision is concerned this is primarily based on my mood and it is not something I’d like to forcefully change although i’d like to keep this ratio to at least 70-30 either way.

2011 – Fiction 60% (9) and Non-Fiction 40% (6)

Male writers 92% (24) Vs Female writers (2) 8%
However, i definitely want to read more books written by female writers. To be honest i had not realised that i had ignored them in my reading, by such an extent. This was the most surprising stat to come out of this exercise.

2011 – Male 93% (14) and 7% Female (1)

Anglo-Saxon writers 81% (21) Vs Other Nationalities writers 19% (5)
The nationalities of the writers is a similar situation with the gender stat but it is not as bad. The bias towards Ango/Saxon writers is very clear. In other years my reading was a more international affair.

US – 12
UK – 7
Australian – 2
Japanese – 2
Austrian – 1
French – 1
Pakistani – 1

2011 – Anglo/Saxon 87% (13) and Other 13% (2)

Electronic 50% (13) Vs Paperbacks 42% (11) Vs Audiobooks 8% (2)
This is the final one and there are two interesting things here with one being misleading. The trend to e-books is clear but not the extent as the stat of 42% of books read in the paperback format indicates. This was because of my deliberate bias towards the unread physical books in my backlog in order to give them away. So i expect this to fall significantly in 2013. The more interesting stat however is the 8% of audiobooks. Especially as one of the 2 books i read was only in the audiobooks format. Again, i want to try a few more before i make the decision to stick with this format or not.

2011 – Ebooks 93% (14), Paperback 7% (1) and Audiobooks 0% (0)


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4 responses to “Books in 2012 – the stats

  1. themisanthropologist

    December 18, 2012 at 09:03

    Interesting stats. Aside from knowing that I’ve only read 27 books this year (A lot more than last year), I haven’t actually taken the time to analyze the other elements of the books I read. I might just do that now 🙂

    • Costas Taliadoros

      December 18, 2012 at 09:09

      It only happened by accident but it’s cool see your reading in more detail and from a few different angles. Especially when some surprising aspects are revealed to you. Good luck with your stats!! 🙂

      • themisanthropologist

        December 18, 2012 at 09:16

        Thanks! Hope mine are as interesting as yours 🙂 Happy Holidays!

      • Costas Taliadoros

        December 18, 2012 at 09:19

        Thank you and Happy holidays to you too!!


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