I’ve been compiling our CBR reviews over the last several months, building a database of all the reviews we’ve written over the last three years. These stats have been posted to the Facebook page at the beginning of every month, but mswas suggested I share them here. So, going forward, this’ll be a monthly post.
Average rating: 3.54 stars
Most popular book: Doomsday Book (7 reviews; for two straight months!)
Most popular author: Connie Willis (7 reviews)
Most reviews: badkittyuno (back on top with 20)
Fiction: 204 reviews
Nonfiction: 35 reviews
Uncategorized: 13 reviews
Most popular genre: Romance (69 reviews)
Male authors: 72
Female authors: 174
Oldest book read this month: Lady Susan (1871)
Books from 2016: 64
Books from the last 10 years: 207 (82%)
So far in 2016:
Average rating: 3.63 stars
Most popular book: Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis (18 reviews)
Most popular author: Jim Butcher (20 reviews)
Most reviews: badkittyuno (118 reviews, still kicking so much ass)
Most popular genres: Romance (401 reviews)
Science Fiction (205)
Our monthly review breakdown:
Jan – 393
Feb – 365
Mar – 312
Apr – 278
May – 275
June – 252
I’ll take partial credit for the decrease in June. My free time has been spent formatting the complete dataset sent to me by mswas. I’ve got at least 10 reviews in the queue that I need to finish.
We’re still mostly reading female authors, and our favorite genres are consistently romance and fantasy. Our five most read authors are:
Stephen King (98 reviews)
Rainbow Rowell (80)
Courtney Milan (78)
Neil Gaiman (67)
Liane Moriarty (50)
Our five most read books are:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (35 reviews)
The Martian by Andy Weir (31)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (25)
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (22)
Landline by Rainbow Rowell (20)
The CBR database currently contains over 8,300 reviews for I don’t know how many individual books. Maybe, one day, when I get caught up I’ll try to figure that out. I’ve input Goodreads info on almost 3,000 of these books, so I’ll hopefully be caught up next month.
To give you a taste:
-Of the data I’ve compiled thus far, the average Goodreads rating for books we’ve reviewed is 3.98 (our average rating is 3.64), but that number is likely to drop once I include some of the more obscure books.
-We overwhelmingly read newer books. 61% of our books were published after 2010. The oldest reviewed publication is Beowulf (reviewed 5 times), and we have 85 reviews up for books published prior to the 20th century.
-This is probably a sampling error, but the average vote total on Goodreads for our reviewed books is 161,000. Again, this number will likely drop as I include more obscure books.
I’m still working through the previous years, but it’s pretty slow going. There’s 655 pages to go through, and roughly a dozen reviews per page. It doesn’t help that I’m trying to figure out how many men and women authors we’ve reviewed (which often requires me to Google a person’s name that isn’t readily identifiable), but I’ve also now started inputting the Goodreads rating and vote counts to figure out the popularity levels of our reading habits.
If anyone has suggestions for what else they want to see, just let me know.