A Year in Review 2012 : Pt 1 : Reading and Site Stats

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Ah… It’s once again time for my favourite posts to write of the year… The end of year wrap-ups. I do so love working out the stats and deciding on my reads of the year – then changing my mind and picking them again… and then working out just how I can bend my own rules to include everything I want…

As in the past I’ve decided to split this post in to three. First up are the stats, and this post is all stats so feel free to skip it if you wish. In the next day or so I’ll be posting a wrap up of my music listening/gig going in 2012. Part three (and I’m sure the far more interesting) my reads of the year post on Wednesday.

Reading Stats:

  • Total Books Read : 114
  • Fiction: 113
  • Non Fiction: 1
  • Audiobooks: 4
  • e-Books: 37
  • Hard Copy: 73


  • Graphic Novels: 7
  • Short Story Collections: 4
  • Young Adult: 77
  • Adult: 37


  • Written By Female Authors: 61
  • Written By Male Authors: 62


  • New Authors to Me: 63


  • Re-Reads: 4
  • Series: 42
  • Best Reading Month: February (19)
  • Worst Reading Month: October (1)
  • My Books: 75
  • Review Copies: 39



Site stats:

Top Ten Most Viewed Posts of the Year

  1. 50+ Fantastic Young Adult Dystopian Novels*
  2. Review: Maximum Security (Cherub Book #3) – Robert Muchamore
  3. Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking
  4. Review: The Rabbits by Shaun Tan and John Marsden
  5. Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  6. Review: Shadows by Tim Bowler
  7. Review: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  8. Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  9. Review: Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord
  10. Review: Storm Catchers by Tim Bowler

* The top post received over 6 times as many visits as the rest of the top-ten together!

Top Ten Referring Sites of the Year

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. yabookblogdirectory.blogspot.com
  4. au.answers.yahoo.com
  5. http://www.pinterest.com
  6. forums.moneysavingexpert.com
  7. schoology.com
  8. dystopischeliteratur.org
  9. athomewithbooks.net
  10. stainlesssteeldroppings.com

Top Ten Search Terms of the Year

Adjusted to combine duplicates & similar searches

  1. Dystopian Novels (YA, Teen, Great, Best, Good…)
  2. Hector and the Search for Happiness
  3. All My Friends Are Superheroes
  4. Switched by Amanda Hocking
  5. My Name is Mina
  6. The Fault in Our Stars Review
  7. Gemma Malley
  8. Bart’s Bookshelf
  9. Ten
  10. Desert Island

Top Ten Commenters

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and took the time to leave their thoughts on any of my reviews or posts this year. But particular thanks to these people who came back time and again and really contributed to my site this year!

  1. Kailana Kailana
  2. Clover Clover
  3. Chris Chris
  4. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) Alyce (@AtHomeWit…
  5. Debi Debi
  6. Alyce Alyce
  7. Beth F Beth F
  8. Carl V. Carl V.
  9. Amanda Amanda
  10. Nikki-ann Nikki-ann


Bart, is a fully signed up member of Book Addicts Anonymous ;) Despite, constantly fighting a losing battle against his T.B.R pile, he is never happier than when he manages to sneak a new book in to the house! Darren can be found on Twitter & Google+ amongst other places!

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12 Responses

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    I love this wrap up! I need to keep better stats so I can do something like this one year.

    • Darren says:

      You should see my stats spreadsheet! The first 7 months beautifully filled in, the next month, so… so…, the last 4? Barley comprehensible! And only just enough info for the stats shown here! ;)

  2. aartichapati says:

    I love the statistics posts! Looks like you had a fantastic year of reading, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you read next year, too :-)

    Also, I’m so sorry, but I think your fiction/non-fiction breakdown may have a typo in it, based on the numbers. Didn’t mean to call you out, just thought you might want to know!

    • Darren says:

      Quite likely so! (See my reply to Kathy!) I’ll check and fix it in the morning. (Or later this morning, once I’ve slept and stopped messing about on the internet instead of getting some rest!)

  3. I love figuring out my reading stats, but have been really bad about keeping track of all of that this year. I may yet put some numbers together.

    Congrats on all of your reading!

  4. Beth F says:

    I too start off with good intentions about keeping stats and then it fizzles and I count everything up in one evening.

  5. Care says:

    I do love this time of year and all the data gathering and stats analysis and whatnot! I am impressed with how gender balanced and new to fave author balanced you are! I love seeing how consistent I am over the years (or not) on things I don’t even think about till the end.

  6. Sarah says:

    I love that you have broken down your reading stats in so many different ways! I think it would take me way too long to go back and do the same for this years reading but I’m very tempted to try it for next year. Although I’m willing to bet I’ll end up giving up after a couple of months LOL

  7. Chris says:

    Yay I’m number three :D Wow, this is a really awesome post Darren!! Love the graphs and pie charts!!!! I so wish I had the numbers you did this year :( As of now, I’ve read 59 books…easily my worst year. And I’ll probably end the year at 59. BUT…there were a lot of good books in there and that’s what counts right?

  8. Clover says:

    Oh I absolutely LOVE graphs and pie charts. This makes me very happy to see. I think I shall be keeping a closer eye on some of these things with my reading this year. Especially which books I’m reading that are books I bought vs books sent for review!

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