Playing That Numbers Game // Comparing 2016 to 2019

So here I am again with yet more stats this month. But I am having fun with looking at all these numbers even though math isn’t exactly my strong suit.

Anyway someone *coughLaLaintheLibrarycough* asked for a comparison of 2018-2019 and I had to be extra and do all the years since I started doing these statistics of my shelves. I started back in 2016 though back then I didn’t do as many stats as I do now.

The Basic Numbers

Infographics 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total 300 597 718 859
Books Downstairs 300 397 515 640
Unread Downstairs 157 146 212 249
Dutch x 294 332 332
English x 303 386 386
Harcovers x 135 367 336
Bind-Up x 15 18 16
Novella x 12 22 31
Illustrated/Graphic Novels x 12 23 49
Adult x 179 222 334
Young Adult x 230 288 328
Middle Grade / Childrens x 188 205 177

The Rise of All the Books

total books

As you can see the amount of books has been growing every year. Especially between 2016 and 2017 there was a rise of 99% of books. It is a shame I don’t have any data for 2015 because that is the year I started blogging and I think there is a clear correlation there. However I can’t prove it now.

The increase of books has steadied now to about 20% a year compared to the year before. It will be interesting to see how that is next year. This is partly because I buy less books and I get more e arcs. But also I do unhaul some books. I think it is the balance of this that makes the increase not as big. I am also hoping that the increase of 20% will go down in the next few years.

I also think there is such an increase in 2017 because I had Merijn and a post partum depression and I think I dived into some retail therapy.

The TBR Rise


Percentage unread books

Interestingly my tbr stays reasonable around the same percentage when it comes to how many it is versus how many books I have. This is held up against the amount of books I own downstairs. Not upstairs.

Between the years is different. Between 2016 and 2017 there is a decrease of my tbr by 7%. Which is interesting considering the amount of books that were increased. I read 100 books in 2016 and 137 in 2017. So while that helped I don’t think that is the reason either. I think i might have bought more books I already had read at this point.

From 2017 to 2018 there is an increase of 45% on the tbr however so perhaps that is where all those unread books come from that I bough before haha. From 2018 to 2019 there is an increase of only 17% which is reasonably decent. However I hope that next year there won’t be an increase at all. I really hope to get the number back down somewhat. And no book hauls don’t work for me.

Young Adult vs Adult

target group(1)

Something else that stuck out is the target groups and especially adult versus young adult. As you can see in the graphic Adult took quite a rise in the last year. Between 2018 and 2019 the amount of adult books rose with 50%! Young adult rose with 14% while middle grade an children’s fiction decreased with 13%. I think it shows clearly how my reading taste has been changing over the last year.

I have been more interested in adult fantasy in the recent bit. Some of those books I had been avoiding a little but no more! Its not that I don’t read young adult anymore because I do for sure. However I have also been more dissapointed by young adult because I just have more high standards for those books now. That is okay.

What else sticks out to you in these numbers? Do you keep track of your shelf statistics? Do you think it will show some of your habits well if you did?

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14 thoughts on “Playing That Numbers Game // Comparing 2016 to 2019

  1. Wow, this is honestly impressive! Haha I would love to do something like this but the thought of just sorting through my shelves when they’re already as messy as they are right now is so unappealing (and I’m such a lazy panda 🐼)! This is fantastic though! I don’t have the stats, but I can defo tell that since I joined bookstagram and started blogging, my book buying/consumption has increased by a lot!

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  2. I’m a little astonished that the adult and young adult seem to cling to each other. Because most reviewers I’m encountering while blogging seem mainly to be in young adult fiction, I assumed somehow that the literary YA segment would be more outstanding. It must be that YA readers are more in blogging.

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    1. It depends where you search. I know a few that really go into the adult fantasy section and don’t read as much Young Adult. Anyway these are my personal stats though so no representative to any other.

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  3. My physical book stats wouldn’t show much; other than I got rid of a lot of them. Ha! 😄

    I think my reading stats would show more adult and MG, and less YA, especially YA Fantasy. 😇

    It’s great you keep track of things. I should do some shelf inventory when I start tidying my shelves for photos. 👍✨

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    1. Haha you have really looked away from YA fantasy in the last few years yeah.
      I really like the insight it gives into things. I’m not sure I would have noticed that I had read more female writers this year than in other years if I didn’t.

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  4. I love stats posts! I don’t keep track of how many books I own, but I do have a complicated spreadsheet. I keep track of how much money I spend on books. I also record genres read, pages read, target audience, format, star rating, publishing company, author race/gender/birth place, where I get my books, and how long it takes to read them. I’m a little obsessive about tracking my reading life!

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    1. Ah yes those are great stats too. I am not much of spreadsheets but I do keep track of my reading throughout the year in star ratings,gender, pages read etc. It is always such great fun to see.


  5. Die toename van 2016 naar 2017 viel me als eerste op. Vervolgens zag ik dat je aantallen sneller stijgen als die van mij. Dus als iemand commentaar geeft op het aantal boeken in mijn kasten dan verwijs ik ze misschien even door naar hier. 😉 Nee hoor, ik ben je maar aan het plagen. Ik doe jaarlijks een telling van het aantal boeken in mijn collectie maar die telling is minder gedetailleerd als die van jou. Ik focus me vooral op de genres, vorm (hc, sc, paperback) en taal en leeftijdsgroep. Maar bijvoorbeeld niet op het geslacht van de auteurs. Wel hou ik voor mezelf bij hoeveel ik per jaar spendeer aan boeken én hoeveel boeken er per jaar bijkomen. Ik hou nu eenmal van lijstjes, nog meer wanneer ze over boeken gaan.

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