Statistics from Books I Reviewed in 2014

Statistics from Books I Reviewed in 2014
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For those of you who were a reader of Nose Graze in 2013, you might remember when I shared my 2013 reading statistics. Well it’s time to do the same for 2014! Woot woot!

In 2014 I reviewed 91 books on the blog. These statistics show where I got those books, who published them, how I rated them, and more. So let’s dig in and highlight some of the best and worse of the bunch. πŸ˜€

Where I got my books

This chart shows where I got all the books I reviewed in 2014! I purchased a lot less books in 2014 than 2013 (boo!). Last year I purchased 48 books, but this year it’s only 25. I got most of my books from Edelweiss, which is almost completely due to being auto approved by HarperTeen.

NameNumber of ReviewsAverage Rating
ARC From Publisher1 Review3 Stars
Blog Tour2 Reviews3.75 Stars
BookExpo America7 Reviews3.14 Stars
Edelweiss25 Reviews2.70 Stars
Gifted2 Reviews4 Stars
NetGalley22 Reviews2.80 Stars
Purchased25 Reviews3.38 Stars

How many books I read in each genre (and average rating)

Last year, my most popular genres were: young adult (106), romance (96), contemporary (77), then science fiction (34). This year the rankings are very similar at: young adult (73), romance (62), contemporary (43), then fantasy (22).

In terms of ratings, last year the highest were: vampires (2 books, 4.25 rating), thriller (6 books, 4.17 rating), and time travel (3 books, 4 star rating).

My favourite contemporary romances

NameNumber of ReviewsAverage Rating
Action1 Review4 Stars
Adult7 Reviews3.07 Stars
Aliens1 Review3 Stars
Angels4 Reviews2.88 Stars
Chick Lit2 Reviews3.50 Stars
Contemporary43 Reviews2.76 Stars
Crime1 Review3.50 Stars
Demons3 Reviews3 Stars
Drama1 Review1.50 Stars
Dystopian11 Reviews3.82 Stars
Family2 Reviews3.50 Stars
Fantasy22 Reviews3.05 Stars
Friendship1 Review5 Stars
Historical Fiction1 Review4.50 Stars
Magic3 Reviews3.33 Stars
Middle Grade1 Review0 Stars
Military1 Review3.50 Stars
Mystery6 Reviews2.83 Stars
Mythology1 Review0 Stars
New Adult7 Reviews2.57 Stars
Non-Fiction1 Review3 Stars
Paranormal8 Reviews2.94 Stars
Politics1 Review3 Stars
Post Apocalyptic2 Reviews3.50 Stars
Religion1 Review4.50 Stars
Retelling2 Reviews2 Stars
Romance62 Reviews2.81 Stars
Science Fiction16 Reviews3 Stars
Space1 Review3.50 Stars
Sports3 Reviews3.17 Stars
Survival1 Review4.50 Stars
Technology1 Review3 Stars
Thriller4 Reviews3.12 Stars
Time Travel3 Reviews3.17 Stars
Young Adult73 Reviews3.08 Stars

Excluding the genres that only had one review… it looks like dystopian won this year with an average rating of 3.82! Poor romance is waaaaay down there at 2.81 average rating. I think that’s because 99% of the books I read have some romance element, so they’re in the romance genre. So, naturally, I bet every single book I didn’t finish (thus, 0 rating in my statistics) was a “romance” book.

Fabulous YA dystopians

I also had bad luck with new adult books (2.57 average rating). That’s disappointing because I LOVED new adult in 2013 (average rating of 3.38 back then).

New adult books that disappointed me

How many books I read by each publisher (and average ratings)

Last year the top publisher counts were: HarperCollins (38), HarperTeen (16), Self Published (14), then Simon & Schuster (13). This HarperCollins still dominates! But sadly self published has fallen down to only 5. πŸ™ I wonder why that is.

HarperCollins books that rocked

This year the winner for best rating is Entangled Teen with an average rating of 4.08 stars (again, excluding the ones with only one review). Next up is Sourcebooks Fire with four stars. They also did really well in 2013, with an average rating of 4.17 stars.

Sadly I’m REALLY not doing well with Bloomsbury, which sucks because I love them. I only read three of their books this year: Dangerous by Shannon Hale (DNF), Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (2.5 stars), and The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney (3 stars). I guess it’s mostly that DNF that’s bringing it all down (DNF = 0 stars in my calculations).

NameNumber of ReviewsAverage Rating
Atria Books4 Reviews3.38 Stars
Balzer & Bray7 Reviews2.43 Stars
Berkley Trade2 Reviews1.50 Stars
Bloomsbury USA Childrens3 Reviews1.83 Stars
Crown Publishers1 Review3.50 Stars
Delacorte Books for Young Readers3 Reviews2.83 Stars
Disney Hyperion4 Reviews3.38 Stars
Dutton Adult1 Review4 Stars
ECW Press1 Review2 Stars
Entangled Teen6 Reviews4.08 Stars
Farrar Straus and Giroux3 Reviews2 Stars
Feiwel & Friends1 Review5 Stars
Forever Romance1 Review2 Stars
Harlequin Teen7 Reviews2.43 Stars
HarperCollins3 Reviews4 Stars
HarperTeen15 Reviews2.87 Stars
HEA Publishing1 Review3 Stars
Henry Holt and Co.1 Review4.50 Stars
Katherine Tegen Books3 Reviews3.50 Stars
Keyword Press1 Review2.50 Stars
Little Brown Books for Young Readers2 Reviews2.25 Stars
MTV Books1 Review5 Stars
Razorbill1 Review2.50 Stars
Scholastic Press1 Review4 Stars
Self Published5 Reviews3.40 Stars
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers1 Review2.50 Stars
Simon Pulse3 Reviews2.33 Stars
Sourcebooks Fire3 Reviews4 Stars
St. Martin’s Press1 Review3 Stars
Tanglewood Press1 Review4.50 Stars
Vintage1 Review3 Stars
Washington Square Press1 Review5 Stars
William Morrow2 Reviews2 Stars

How I rated books

My top rankings are similar for 2013 and 2014. In 2013 I gave out the most four star ratings, followed closely by three stars. That also applies this year!

However, I didn’t finish more than two times as many books (3 in 2013 compared to 9 in 2014). But I think that’s actually because I learned to DNF books. In 2013 I may have only not finished 3 books, but I also gave 4 books one star and 8 books 1.5 stars. Compare that to 2014 where I gave ZERO books one star and only four 1.5 stars. I’ve stopped torturing myself with books I’m not enjoying. Instead of reading through to the end, I just stop reading.

RatingNumber of Books
5 Stars8
4.5 Stars8
4 Stars17
3.5 Stars10
3 Stars15
2.5 Stars9
2 Stars11
1.5 Stars4
1 Star0
0.5 Stars0
0 Stars0
Did Not Finish9

Four books I absolutely hated

That’s it!

If there’s one thing that’s clear about 2014 it’s that I read a lot less books than in 2013. I think it’s a combination of a few things:

  • I’m busier. I’m working full time and always have a lot to do.
  • I’m pickier. I think this is natural with the more books you read. Fewer books sound “amazing” to me so I pick fewer up.
  • I’ve gone through a few slumps. They’ve been coming and going a lot throughout 2014. I’d pretty much be thrown into a new slump after every DNF.

How did you do in 2014?

If you have UBB, you can use the statistics shortcodes to see for yourself! Example: [sourcestats year="2014"]

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28 comments

  1. Holy crap, our ratings stats are disturbingly similar! I had 1 less 5 star, but the exact same amount of 4.5, 4, and 3.5 star ratings. O_O
    I had much less 3 star ratings, but I also read 30 books less than you did. I also had a high amount of DNFs this year – 12! It’s funny that we both had low numbers of 4.5 and 5 star ratings…fist bump for picky raters! (Or “tough” raters as some have called me >.<)
    I love how you included the sections of 4 books in there!

    Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat recently posted: 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge
    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ This actually requires zero work from me. I know some people who keep crazy detailed spreadsheets—I could never do that. I’m way too lazy, haha.

      I just coded boxes in the WordPress admin panel where I fill in the book info for each book I review (rating, publisher, etc.) then the HTML gets formatted for me automatically using that info. Then, since I’ve filled in those details, I can use code to have it automatically calculate all these statistics.

      I’ve included a feature just like this in the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.

    1. Yeah I really don’t think there’s a need to have two book blogs. I think that would just be so much work.

      Think about it like this: there are a lot of readers out there who don’t confine themselves to one genre. So if there are readers like that out there, there will be people who read your blog who also read those genres, so what’s the point in splitting it all up?

  2. WOW i love the way you put the post: the gallery, the tables, the stats…amazing! i want to know how to do it XD

    I love dystopians novels and i hear a lot of goodies from the lunar chronicles but i will look at the others too πŸ™‚ i’m planning to read more in english because it sucks to have one book of the series in portuguese and the others releases got cancel by the publisher

    Hope your readings in 2015 will be even better and have a great new years eve πŸ˜‰

    One of my best 2014 things was to discover your blog and add myself to your host πŸ˜€ and altough i don’t know a lot right now of wordpress self host site, i am learning and loving it!

  3. Awesome statistics! Dystopian was probably at the top of my list this year and I have so many I still want to read, like Pawn and Captive. I read a lot more this year, but this was my first full year on the blog, so I think that’s why. I bought so many more books than you this year – I’m going to do a book buying ban to an extent next year though, so I can concentrate on all the goodies I have.

    Anywho, thanks for sharing, happy new year!

    Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun recently posted: Out With The Old & In With The New | September 2014
  4. I’m going to be adding some of your favourites to my list! I really need to get going on the Marissa Meyer series … EVERYONE is raving about that one!

    I love how you broke everything down, especially by publisher! I might have to start doing that, to see what publishers I read the most of …

    You had a great reading year!

    Kristilyn (Reading In Winter) recently posted: 2014 End of Year Book Survey
    1. The Lunar Chronicles series is EXCELLENT! It’s so unique and each book is different, but still connected. I definitely recommend it. πŸ™‚

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