StoryGraph has become my latest bookish addiction if you haven’t noticed. I didn’t join it until MUCH later in the year, but I can’t get over how amazing this application is! Mind you, I’m hoping the search engines are updated to be more user friendly, finding friends becomes easier, and a way to write messages to people comes out eventually. However, I can’t handle how amazing the graphics are for your reading stats! I’ve always wanted to post fun graphs and such for yearly overviews … but I’m WAY too lazy. StoryGraph, however, does it for me!
I found inspiration to do this post from Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books own post on her 2020 reading stats! Make sure you visit her post and website as well!
Oh! If you HAVE StoryGraph, please add me AND let me know your username in the comments below so I can add you! My username is bookmarkyourthoughts (one word, I believe).
The moods graph’s definitely interesting, and I’m not at all surprised by the outcome of this chart. With 2020 being a rather TENSE year, I leaned more towards lighthearted novels. Emotional novels are my kryptonite … I can’t help it! I love a good character growth story, especially with characters overcoming a hardship of some sort. I felt like I read more hopeful books than what’s depicted in the chart, but that could be how others rated booked I read.
Like Kristin, I’m not shocked about the pacing. I find medium pace novels allow for more time to get to know the characters and the story more. Slow pace CAN be good, but I find most of the time I tend to lose interested. Whereas with fast pace, I find there’s TYPICALLY not enough time to get to know the story and characters.
Now, page numbers are something I’m actually shocked by. I honestly thought my highest would be <300 pages; I used to think the larger the book the better, but I find that MOST books that hit over the 500+ pages are just too daunting or overloaded for me. So I’m pleasantly surprised that most of my book at least fell in the 300 to 499 pages bracket! I have a few for 2021 that are close to the 500 mark, so I’m excited to compare my pages section between 2020 and 2021!
This is SLIGHTLY off since one book I read isn’t being categorized as nonfiction for some reason. But overall, I’m not shocked. The only nonfiction I tend to read is poetry. That’s why I’m participating in Zuky the BookBums reading challenge this year: 12 Months, 12 Nonfictions! There’s nothing wrong with not reading nonfiction, but I really want to expose myself to it more. I have a large number of nonfiction books I’ve been meaning to get to but put aside. So if I read one a month, that’s a pretty good outcome by the end of the year!
Another section that I’m NOT shocked by WHATSOEVER! When I first joined this community, I MAINLY read fantasy books, so it’s so strange to see romance as my highest read genre. But I’ve been loving it! I adore the stories and mushiness so much! I’m also not shocked about contemporary since that’s another go-to genre for me. I’d like to read more fantasy and LGBTQIA+ books for 2021, which I’ve already got my eyes on a few!
I have to say, I don’t like how young adult and childrens are mentioned here since they aren’t genres — they’re categories of fiction! As a librarian, it kind of ticks me off seeing that. I’d rather have a section that sections off age groups readers tend to read more of *vent over*.
Now … I’m super excited to play around with the rating system in StoryGraph this year! I actually had no idea (until reading Kristin’s post) that StoryGraph not only has HALF ratings … IT HAS QUARTER RATINGS! I’ve been NEEDING THIS IN MY LIFE! There are so many instances where I rate books the same, but I feel more strongly towards one than another. Half ratings are a need in my rating life! And since Goodreads won’t give it to me, I’m excited to try it out with StoryGraph this year!
Well, there you have it, folks! I’m already loving this application so much! As mentioned before, there are some tweaks that need to be fixed (in my personal opinion), but I think Goodreads might have some competition!