Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2015: A Year in Review

This year in review will be a bit different than my previous one, which focused mainly on blogging. I also have a reading stats section, thanks to my diligent tracking of those stats during my month in review posts. Really, this is a giant comprehensive version of my month in review posts, or a conclusion to them. I'm excited to see the results!


Blog Post Pie Chart

 Days Elapsed Since Blog Went Online: 630
 Total Blog Makeovers: Approximately 1-2.
 Total Posts: 173
 Average Amount of Posts Per Month: 14
 Total Non-Review Posts: 89
  Confessions of an Insomniac Book Devourer: 6
  Sunday Fun Five Lists: 27
  NQAC: Biweekly Updates: 19
  Month in Review: 12
  Total Critiques: 84
  Average Amount of Critiques Per Month: 7

Pageviews For 2015: 13,023 (More than double last year's)
Comments: 125

Most Popular Posts of 2015:
Victorian Soul Critiques's First Blogiversary Party and Giveaways!!!
Color Me Happy: An Unofficial Guide to Adult Coloring Book Bliss
SFF: The 5 Video Game/Book Pairings to Experience Together
NQAC: Biweekly Update #22: Taking Up Genealogy and a Crazy Lazy Cat
Montana Book Roundup: Summer 2015
NQAC: Biweekly Update #24: Near the Year's End Reading
SFF: The 5 New To You Authors' Books You Want to Read in 2016
Querkles: A Fun Spin on Adult Coloring!
NQAC: Biweekly Update #16: Wishlist Binging and an Unanticipated Road Trip
SFF: The 5 Bookish Charities Santa Claus Approves Of
SFF: The 5 Reasons You Choose Not to Read a Book

Most Popular Critiques of 2015:
"Kesrith (The Faded Sun #1)" by C.J. Cherryh (Science Fiction)
"Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8)" by Ilona Andrews (Urban Fantasy)
O.o.O.C.: "Autobiography of a Face" by Lucy Grealy (Memoir/Autobiography)
"Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2)" by Jeaniene Frost (Paranormal Romance)
Early Critique: "The Sleeping King" by Cindy Dees & Bill Flippin (Fantasy)
O.o.O.C.: "Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal" by Ben Macintyre (Biography)
"The Island of Doctor Moreau" by H.G. Wells (Science Fiction)
Early Critique: "Unseemly Science (The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #2)" by Rod Duncan (Steampunk)
O.o.O.C.: "Born to Be" by (Emmanuel) Taylor Gordon (Memoir/Autobiography)
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)" by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)
"Local Girls" by Alice Hoffman (Magical Realism)

Most Visited By People From (Social Media and Search Engine Traffic)
1. Google
2. Bloglovin'
3. Twitter
4. Google+
5. Pinterest

Most Industrious Commenters of 2015:
1. Heather (Based on a True Story)
2. Laura W (Blue Eye Books)
3. Wendy (Musings of a Bookish Kitty)
4-5. Becca (I'm Lost in Books) It was a tie!
4-5. Rachelle (Fortified by Books)

A huge thanks to all my commenters, whether you were mentioned or not! You keep me blogging!

Most Awesome Blogging Moments of 2015:

My first blogiversary party! And then, shortly after it, I finished The Princess Bride, which was the theme for my party!

Being mentioned in Angry Robot's review roundup for my critique of Unseemly Science.

Not being part of any sort of blogging drama/scandals (I guess you guys haven't caught onto me yet). But seriously, I like flying under the radar and living a sheltered existence.

Discovering how to better use Twitter by using Tweetdeck. Before I had to diligently scan my (entire) feed.

I took a lot of time making my Color Me Happy post, and assumed it would be a flop (generally the posts I take time with never get many pageviews). However, it turned out to be one of the most popular posts this year!

Not feeling like a young blogger/spring chicken anymore (although I still kind of am), since I have my first year under my belt.

Being confident enough in my blog as it is to (mostly) shut down my review requests. I have plenty of books as it is, and my grandma's health is still worrying.

A Reading Year in Review (With Lots of Graphs):

Books Read in 2015: 100
Pages Read in 2015 (According to Goodreads): 29,708
Average Book Length: 297 pages

Main Character Stats:

Female Main Character: 45
Male Main Character: 26
Pair and/or Group of Female/Male Main Characters: 29

Has a Diverse Main Character: 21
Doesn't Have a Diverse MC: 79


 Urban Fantasy: 10
 Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance: 7
Urban Fantasy Category Total: 17 (Light Blue/Teal)
Fantasy: (6 Pale Pink)
Steampunk: 10 (Dark Purple)
 Sci-fi: 7
 Dystopia: 5
Science Fiction Category Total: 12 (Dark Gray)
 Historical Romance: 16
 Fantasy Romance: 1
 Paranormal Romance: 1
 Romance: 1
Romance Category Total: 19 (Pink)
 Historical Fiction: 6
 Historical Fiction/Magical Realism: 2
 Classic/Literature/Fiction: 6
Historical Fiction/Classics Category Total: 14 (Green)
 Graphic Novel: 2
 Comic/blog-style Memoir: 3
 Comic: 2
Graphic Novel/Comic Category Total: 7 (Light Purple/Violet)
 Memoir/Autobiography/Biography: 7
 Nonfiction: 2
Nonfiction/Autobiography/Biography Category Total: 9 (Med. Purple)
 Magical Realism: 2
 Contemporary Fiction: 4
Misc. Fiction Category Total: 6 (Turquoise)

Publication Year:

Published in 2015: 25
Published 2000-2014: 47
Published 1990-1999: 9
Published 1980-1989: 2
Published 1960-1979: 6
Published 1940-1959: 2
Published 1921-1939: 3
Published 1900-1920: 3
Published 1800-1899: 2
Published B.C.: 1

Self-Published, Small Press, or Other: 22
Traditionally Published: 78

Series Books: 61
Standalones: 39

Ebook Version: 82
Paper Version: 18

Books I Read in 2015 were:
From the-pile: 16
From the-invisible-pile: 31
For Review: 13
Recently Acquired: 40

Ebooks Bought in 2015 That I Haven't Read Yet: 36
Physical Books Bought in 2015 That I Haven't Read Yet: 30
Books Won or Given to Me That I Haven't Read Yet: 9

5 Stars: 3
4-4.5 Stars: 50
3-3.5 Stars: 42
2-2.5 Stars: 4
Unrated: 1

Counterclockwise from upper left
Author Stats (1 = 1 book read by x author):
Male: 29
Female: 63
Male/Female Team: 8

Diverse: 10
Not-so-Diverse: 90

Living: 87
Deceased: 13

Clearly, I need to assess my stats more often. I generally thought I was doing well diversifying my authors and main characters, but I've still got a long way to go. I knew I generally read more books by women than by men, but it's interesting to note all three of my five star ratings this year were for books authored by males. I am pretty satisfied with all the genres I branched out into, but it's weird that I'm not reading more straight-up fantasy, which has been my favorite genre since I was 12 years old. I also want to read more physical books, even though I generally go for ebooks due to their convenience (there are no new-book bookstores in my city). Overall, though, I'm happy that my ratings are higher this year and I didn't run into any books that were one-star worthy (or if I did, I quit them early).

Most Awesome and Most Random IRL Moments of 2015:

Adopted a cat.
He's pretty chill.

I went camping, had fun, and saw some moose, even though I felt like crap.

I turned 23, and ate cake (the most important culinary delight other than lefse).

How was your 2015 (now that you've had 19 days to think about it)? What were your best reading, blogging, and other moments?


  1. I love these stats - so much fun! I want to see if I can get stats on my blog as well ...


    1. I compiled them every month, but it took me a while to get around to making this post, even though I was excited to see the results. I blame procrastination. :)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Gitte!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. Yay! I made the list of commenters :) I'm really surprised at that because I'm not very good at commenting. I don't often have much to say, but perhaps I've gotten better at it?

    1. I was really surprised there was a tie with you and Becca! I did a recount while doing this (because, how weird is it that you two tied?), but it appears you are indeed one of my most frequent commenters. I guess I just tricked you into commenting more. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Rachelle!
      ~Litha Nelle

  3. So pretty! I love looking at graphs and tables. Especially when it comes to books and blogging. :-) Someone else was commenting that she hadn't read as diversely this past year as she had thought.

    Adorable photos, by the way!

    1. I saw other bloggers' graphs and had to make my own... I was jealous. I thought I'd done better this year, but as it turns out, not so much. Generally I don't like making book choices based solely on the main character's ancestry or the author's heritage, but I may start doing that just to ensure I meet my goals. Thanks! The animals like posing, and I like strange birthday photos. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Wendy!
      ~Litha Nelle

  4. These are such pretty graphs - I love the colors you chose! It's such a good idea to keep track of what you read! I've actually decided to keep track of at least some stats this year to try and get in the habit so I know what I'm reading! I hope you have a great 2016! And side note: second place commenter!! :D

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Thanks, I like matchy-matchy colors on my blog. I started doing my stats every time I did a Month in Review post, which kept me on track- good luck with yours! You go, second place commenter! ;)
      Happy 2016, and thanks for stopping by and commenting!
      ~Litha Nelle


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