Halfway Home: Reading Metrics for 2014

It’s July 1st and the year is now half over.  I’m sure you’ve seen my reading metrics for 2012 prior to this, and yes, I’ll be doing a post with that level of detail at the end of this year.  For now, though, let’s do a quick progress check on the ol’ reading metrics and see where shit’s at.

Book goal: 50, per my Goodreads account.
Current books read: 22
Current number of pages read: 7627

I’m behind the curve to hit my goal for total number of books this year (50), but I am on-pace to beat 2012 and fucking crush my 2013 reading volume.

Genre Breakdown, Thus Far

Overall, things are much more balanced than previous years. Science fiction, unsurprisingly, takes a large chunk of the genre category, though nowhere 2012, which saw 82% of my reading being science fiction.


For the first half of 2014, science fiction only accounted for 40.9% of my reading (by title count, not page count). Business was second at 22.9%. Those two combined accounted for two-thirds of my reading (again, by title) for the first half of 2014.

Format, Series, and Re-Reads

Format: 100% of the books have been in e-book format
Series: 31.8% of the books have been part of a series
Re-Reads: 18.2% of the books I’ve read thus far have been re-reads

While 18% may seem like a high number of re-reads, it’s important to note that I’ve only read 22 books this year, so far. Additionally, all of the re-reads were ones I had last cracked open back between 1992 and 1997. Seriously. As for series being so strong, I got sucked into Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, which I highly recommend, and one of the re-reads was a Star Wars trilogy (the Thrawn Trilogy) — so it did double-duty in skewing the metrics a bit.


Best Book So Far: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The Rest of the Year

In early January, I’ll be publishing a full-on analysis of 2014’s reading, including all the nifty graphs (and then some) that were included with my 2012 analysis. I suspect I’ll still be reading a ton of science fiction, but I do plan to try to keep things fairly balanced.