2023 Book Stats

I finished 190 books in 2023, the same as 2022 and many other years previously. I did reach my Good Reads Target again.  Here are my stats for the last year’s reading.

My total pages read was 49071 50636  (1565 pages less than last year!) and my monthly average of books was 15.8 again. This broke down into these monthly totals:

January – 18
February – 15
March – 18
April – 15
May – 16
June – 17
July – 16
August – 16
September – 14
October – 16
November – 15
December – 14

Author Splits

Male – 112
Female – 78 (41% of the total)
BAME – 15 (My target was 12)

Sources

Review – 54

Library – 77

Own – 58

 

Genre

Non-Fiction – 124

Fiction – 48

Poetry – 18

 

Random Stats

Longest Book: Gnomon – Nick Harkaway – 688 pages

Shortest Book: The Last Hedgehog – Pam Ayres – 48 pages

The total cost of the books read was £2908.17

 

Most Read Author

Mark Stay with five books read

 

Stars Awarded

5 Stars – 7
4.5 Stars – 26
4 Stars – 48
3.5 Stars – 66
3 Stars – 30
2.5 Stars – 10
2 Stars – 3
1.5 Stars 0
1 Star 0

 

Genres

I use a spreadsheet to keep a note of the types and genres of books that I read. These are detailed below:

Fiction 29
Natural History 25
Travel 23
Poetry 18
Memoir 13
Fantasy 12
History 8
Science Fiction 7
Art 5
Politics 5
Science 4
Environmental 4
Miscellaneous 3
Photography 3
Archaeology 2
Dorset 2
Books 2
Maths 2
Technology 2
Britain 2
Gardening 2
Social History 2
Economics 2
Weather 2
Mental Health 2
True Crime 1
Transport 1
Food 1
Biography 1
Landscape 1
Architecture 1
Humour 1
Geology 1
Folklore 1

 

Publishers

These are the number of books read by each publisher. Amazingly I read books from 99 different publishers. William Collins were top last year. Only four of the top ten were independent this year, something that I need to address in 2024!

Faber & Faber 12
Simon & Schuster 7
Bloomsbury 6
William Collins 6
Penguin 6
Little Toller 6
Jonathan Cape 5
Elliott & Thompson 5
Reaktion Books 4
Headline 4
Doubleday 4
Picador 4
Michael Joseph 3
Granta 3
Bradt 3
Monoray 3
Penned In The Margins 3
Allen Lane 3
Profile 3
Chatto & Windus 3
Eland 3
Saraband 2
Melville House 2
Hamish Hamilton 2
Fum D’Estamps Press 2
Orbit 2
Seren Press 2
Summersdale 2
Chelsea Green 2
Canongate 2
Particular Books 2
Unbound 2
W&N 2
4th Estate 2
Sceptre 2
Hodder & Stoughton 2
Abacus 2
David & Charles 1
Reflex Press 1
Harper North 1
Serpent’s Tail 1
Jo Fletcher 1
Gestalten 1
Salt Press 1
Haus Publishing 1
Signal Press 1
Watkins Publishing 1
Ebury Press 1
Icon Books 1
Chroma Editions 1
Janus Publishing 1
Pan Macmillan 1
William Heinemann 1
Sandstone Press 1
Flint 1
HarperCollins 1
Basic Books 1
National Trust 1
Calon Books 1
The History Press 1
Duckworth 1
Veloce 1
Salt 1
Virago 1
Orion Books 1
Quercus 1
Galley Beggars 1
Fitzcarraldo Editions 1
Orion 1
Jo Fletcher Books 1
Gollancz 1
MacLehose Press 1
Peepal Tree Press 1
Watkin Art 1
Transworld 1
Yale University Press 1
Out-Spoken Press 1
Three Rivers Press 1
John Murray 1
Vintage 1
Bardwell Press 1
Head of Zeus 1
Halsgrove 1
Influx Press 1
Peepal Press 1
McCleland & Stewart 1
Hurst Publishers 1
Atlantic Books 1
Fly On The Wall 1
Duckworth Books 1
British Library Publishing 1
Open Pen 1
September Publishing 1
Luath Press Ltd 1
Telegram Books 1
Canterton Books 1
Allison and Busby 1
Arrow Books 1
Red Dog Books 1

 

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6 Comments

  1. Penny Hull

    Very impressive! I do love stats.

    All I can offer in return is this –

    86 books read (disappointing, must do better).

    Non fiction – 96.5%
    Fiction – 3.5%

    • Paul

      Thanks Penny. 86 books is still an amazing number

  2. Annabel (AnnaBookBel)

    Love book stats! An impressive number of publishers in particular – I’m finding it harder and harder to keep track of all the new imprints from the majors, so I can distinguish true indies. I’ve never thought to include a total RRP£ for all the books read – I might just borrow that one…

    • Paul

      Thank you, Annabel. Feel free, to plunder the ideas. I am sure I have seen imprints of imprints now, so I need to think of a way of making it very clear. If you need me to email you the spread sheet, let me know.

  3. Liz Dexter

    That’s a lovely lot of publishers! And nice genres. That’s one I don’t keep track of properly.

    • Paul

      I didn’t realised it was so many. The pivot updates automatically and I hadn’t looked at the list properly. More than happy to email it to you

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