Year of reading 2021 Part 2: Statistics

After the list of my 2021 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then tomorrow you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2021.

Year of reading 2021
Part 2: Statistics

Covid-19 disrupted the reading life of several book bloggers.
2020 was my best year of reading ever, and 2021 made that completely explode!
Go figure.

Let’s look at it more closely.

My total numbers of books read/listened to is actually the highest ever since I have started tracking it seriously through Goodreads and Google sheets:
92 books reads (90 in 2019), and 73 listened to (47 in 2020) = 165, which is an average of 13.75/month (123 books in 2020, with a monthly average of 10.25).

Books read in 2021:
. That’s an average of 7.6/month
Total of 21,654 pages (20,317 in 2020), which is an average of 59 pages/day (55 in 2020).
That’s an average of 235 pages/book (267 in 2020).

So I tend to read shorter books, but with a few huge books.

Books listened to in 2021:
[47 in 2020]. This is an average of 6/month (3.9 in 2020)
Total of 22,153 minutes (16,937 min in 2020) with an average of 60 min/day (46 in 2020)
That’s an average of about 5 hours/audiobook. (6 hours/audiobook in 2020).

As you can see, the major difference is another explosion in audiobooks:
from 2018-2019: 67% increase in audiobooks!
from 2019-2020: 55% increase!
Mostly thanks to my two audiobooks projects:

listening to the Old Testament and to the whole Hercule Poirot canon, as I did for Sherlock Holmes.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

2021 pages_dayIn 2020, I had 4 months with an average of under 40 pages/day,
and never reached an average of 80.

in 2021: 3 months under 50, and 3 months above 80!

2021 minutes_dayIn 2020: 1 month with an average above 70 minutes/day
In 2021: 4 months above 70
And beside June, it was quite steady and consistent

2021 Genre

Nice diversity. About the same as last year.

2021 formatExact same print percentage as last year.
But 16% more audiobooks!

2021 authors

10% less female authors than last year.
Male/female doesn’t matter for me,
as long as they know how to write well!
The diversity that counts for me is country of origin
and languages, as you can see below

2021 authors nationality

1 less nationality than last year,
still I’m happy with 16.
Hebrew nationality jumped from 14 to 22, because of OT authors

2021 languages

See details here below.
Glad to see that English books are less than 50%

In translation: 52 [48 in 2020]:

  • 23 from the Hebrew
  • 18 from the Japanese
  • 3 from the French
  • 3 from the Greek
  • 2 from the Spanish
  • 1 from the German
  • 1 from the Arabic (the chart should say 1%)
  • 1 from the Swedish

33 in original language: in French (29 in 2020)

Out of a Total of 105 authors (79 in 2020)
53 were new to me (50%. It was 43% in 2020)

Books by the same author: 69 [50 in 2020]
(which goes along with the above number):
32 by Agatha Christie
4 by Tanizaki and by Georges Simenon
3 by Natsume Soseki, Eugène Sue, Sébastien Japrisot
2 by Michel Bussi, Haruki Murakami, Nnedi Okorafor, Sylvain Forge, Salman Rushdie, Richard Wright, Patrick Modiano, George Perec, Natsu Hyuuga, Dennis Day.

28 Re-Reads:
24 Bible books
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Rue des Boutiques Obscures, by Modiano
Le Créa, by Soyez
Oscar et la dame rose, by Schmitt

2021 publication year

Wow, only 35% of very recent books.
I read 91 classics, that is 55% of all my 2021 books

Oldest: The Book of Provers (8th BC)
Newest: Noor, November 16, 2021.

2021 source

Most books bought are part of my EStories audio subscription.
4% less books received for review than last year,
preferring to go with books on my shelf
or at
my public library (10% increase!!
Among the free books are a lot of audio through youtube

24 countries these books led me to (33 last year):
France (39), England (30)
Israel (25), US (23), Japan (20)
Japan (18), Israel (15), England (15), US (12)
5 were set in Egypt
3 in India, Italy, Russia, space!
2 in China, Switzerland, Greece
1 Nigeria, Namibia, Algeria, Jordan, Iraq, Papua New Guinea, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Canada, Australia
Plus two in the old Babylonian empire and i in an imaginary country

I also visited 12 US States:
Arizona, Illinois (2), Iowa, Michigan, Montana, New York (3), Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin

Shortest book: Gaspard, by Dennis Day –  23 pages

Longest book: Termination Shock, by Neal Stephenson 896 pages

Shortest audiobook: The Book of Obadia – 4 minutes

Longest audiobook: Les deux châteaux (N.E.O. #2), by Michel Bussi – 16H20

Funniest: The Labors of Hercules (Hercule Poirot #27), by Agatha Christie

Most Unique Book: La Disparition, by Georges Perec (great story without ever using the letter e. Available in English translation, with the same feat!: A Void)

Most tearjerker: The Romanov Sisters, by Helen Rappaport

Most disappointing: The Islanders, by Christopher Priest,
I had expected a lot from this one, and didn’t understand a thing!

Creepy: The Black Lizard/Beast in the Shadows, by Edogawa Rampo

Eye-opener: The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power, by Roger Duncan & Michael E. Webber

Best reading companions:
Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, by Alice Kaplan
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, by George Saunders

Beautiful illustrations: The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess, by Tom Gauld

Biggest discovery: Haiku: This Other World, by Richard Wright

Favorite characters of the year:
Binti, Shinji+Hatsue (The Sound of Waves), Megumi (Hikikomori and the Rental Sister), DNA (Noor), Oscar (scar et la dame rose), Rodolphe (Les Mystères de Paris), Sachi+Matsu (The Samurai’s Garden), Brother Edik (The Beatryce Prophecy), Rose (Une Rose seule)

Classics I finally got to read:
I read 91 classics, that is 55% of all my 2021 books
Beside the Bible (Old and New Testaments):
The Sound of Waves, by Yukio Mishima
The Old Capital, by Yasunari Kawabata
Le Village aux Huit Tombes, by Seishi Yokomizo
The Black Lizard/Beast in the Shadows, by Edogawa Rampo
Double Indemnity, by James M. Cain
The Swedish Cavalier, by Leo Perutz
Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz
The Invention of Morel, by Adolfo Bioy Casares
A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh
Les Mystères de Paris, Tome 1-3, by Eugène Sue
Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges
Sur la lecture, by Marcel Proust
History in English Words, by Owen Barfield
The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
The Half-Finished Heaven, by Tomas Tranströmer
Alphabet, by Paul Valéry
Haiku: This Other World, by Richard Wright
3 books by Sébastien Japrisot
3 books by Natsume Soseki
4 books by Junichiro Tanizaki
4 books by Simenon
32 books by Agatha Christie

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read (other than the classics just mentioned):
Hikikomori and the Rental Sister, by Jeff Backhaus
L’Archipel d’une autre vie, by Andreï Makine
The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
The Grid, by Philip Kerr
Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, by Alice Kaplan
The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy
Un Trou dans la toile, by Luc Chomarat
A Fine Line, by Dan Burns
The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama

Which authors new to me in 2021 that I now want to keep reading?
Sébastien Japrisot, Robert MacFarlane, Kate DiCamillo, Gail Tsukiyama, Michael Crichton, Yukio Mishima, Edogawa Rampo, James M. Cain

New Series I want to pursue:
Constance (Constance #1), by Matthew FitzSimmons
Les Mystères de Paris, Tome 1-3, by Eugène Sue

Best title:
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Longest book title:
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, by George Saunders

Shortest book title:
NP, by Banana Yoshimoto









31 thoughts on “Year of reading 2021 Part 2: Statistics

  1. Fascinating stats. I should keep a bit more information, to break mine down a little more.

    I do like your headings. I think I’ve said that before. I might steal a few next year (but I will attribute you!) – like most unique, author/s I want to keep reading, for a start.

    I love seeing the different ways bloggers do this.


  2. What a list!! Bravo! There are a lot of fun statistics here to contemplate. I just checked my MUCH shorter list to see the ratio of male/female authors. 58/42. Reading a lot of classics, I imagine, affects the bias greatly.

    Thanks for all the good information found in your reviews. You are a prime source that I blame for overcrowding my TBR lists. 🙂


  3. I can see why you divide your statistics. With so much detail you probably don’t want to overwhelm us. Fantastic lists, Emma, I love it.

    May I ask which German book you read? I might have even commented on it at the time but I can’t remember.


  4. These are great stats with nice graphics. You reminded me and I updated mine to include the new to me authors and my series stats.
    Your language stats are impressive.
    Hope 2022 is another great year for your reading!


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  7. Great way of making statistics. I think I have to expand my for this year. I love how it is visible the genres, authors, countries/languages you have read. My aim for this year is to read more books from outside English/Swedish languages. Your statistics have really inspired me to look further in my choices of books.


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