My Reading Spreadsheet & current stats | 2018

Hi, folks!

As promised, I explain here how I use my reading spreadsheet. Sorry in advance for the poor audio quality and for the lenghty video – I did not antecipate that I would have so much to talk about!




As you can see, my spreadsheet is a work in progress, but I hope you enjoyed watching the video 🙂

My stats for 2018 so far

I cannot believe it is June already! Time for me to look back over the books I’ve read in 2018 so far. And you know what that means:


I’ve read 59 books so far, comprising a total of 16.651 pages:

Year Number of books Average of Pages Min of Pages Max of Pages
jan 10 228,6 89 352
fev 10 266,6 80 448
mar 9 341,0 112 571
abr 12 317,9 86 607
mai 14 244,4 128 336
jun 4 348,5 150 506

Most of the books were contemporary titles, published in the 21st century. By publication date, The Scholars, by Wu Jingzi (1750) was the oldest book I finished this year.

Year Number of books Percentage
2018 59 100,00%
<1800 1 1,69%
<1900 2 3,39%
1910-1919 3 5,08%
1920-1929 1 1,69%
1930-1939 2 3,39%
1950-1959 4 6,78%
1960-1969 2 3,39%
1970-1979 4 6,78%
1980-1989 4 6,78%
1990-1999 5 8,47%
2000-2009 3 5,08%
2010-2019 28 47,46%

I had 35 four-star and 8 five-star reads, which makes for a good semester.

Rating Number of Books Percentage Average for the year
2 7 11,86% 3,8
3 9 15,25%
4 35 59,32%
5 8 13,56%

The longest book read was, once again, The Scholars (it is a beast of a book!), and the shortest was the poetry collection Ordinary Beast, by Nicole Sealey (2017).

Page range Number of books Percentage
<100 3 5,08%
100-199 10 16,95%
200-299 22 37,29%
300-399 14 23,73%
400-499 7 11,86%
500-599 2 3,39%
600-699 1 1,69%

I read books from 17 countries, mostly European:

Origin Number of Books Percentage
Africa 1 1,7%
  • Mozambique
1 1,7%
Asia 5 8,5%
  • China
2 3,4%
  • Iran
1 1,7%
  • Pakistan
1 1,7%
  • South Korea
1 1,7%
Europe 31 52,5%
  • Austria
1 1,7%
  • England
16 27,1%
  • Finland
1 1,7%
  • Ireland
4 6,8%
  • Norway
2 3,4%
  • Russia
1 1,7%
  • Scotland
5 8,5%
  • The Netherlands
1 1,7%
North America 20 33,9%
  • Antigua and Barbuda
1 1,7%
  • United States
19 32,2%
Oceania 2 3,4%
  • Australia
1 1,7%
  • New Zealand
1 1,7%

As for the gender split in authors, more than 70% of the books I read were written by women:

Gender Number of Books Percentage
Female 46 77,97%
Male 12 20,34%
Both 1 1,69%

I read mostly novels, but 30% of the books I read were non-fiction books:

Genres Number of books Percentage
Non-fiction 18 30,51%
Novel 31 52,54%
Poetry 5 8,47%
Short-stories 2 3,39%
Novella 3 5,08%

More than 40% of the books I read were paperbacks, but I “read” a fair amount of audiobooks, too:

Format Number of books Percentage
Audio 17 29%
Ebook 9 15%
Hardback 9 15%
Paperback 24 41%

Almost 80% of the books I read came from my TBR:

Source Number of books Percentage
Library 11 18,64%
Review copy 1 1,69%
TBR 47 79,66%

That’s all for now, folks! I’ve been thinking about writing a post on my favourite 2018 reads so far, so stay tuned for that.

À propos, do you keep a reading spreadsheet? Tell me about it!

And if you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments 🙂

Yours truly,


Botanical Water lily, anonymous author

8 thoughts on “My Reading Spreadsheet & current stats | 2018

  1. This is *so* impressive. I keep a basic list of what I read, when I finished it, when I reviewed it, date of publication and gender of author. I have a separate tab for purchases. I can just about cope with keeping that up to date……


  2. Oh I had missed that you were on youtube now! I love seeing what kind of patterns/trends other readers have, as well as enjoying keeping track of my own. I think I have a similar nonfiction rate, as well as the preference for paperbacks, to you. I use Sophie’s spreadsheet, with slight adjustments – for example, I don’t use star ratings so I keep that blank. I wish I was more apt with excel, but sadly I’m not skilled enough with the program to make major changes or my own from scratch. I wish I had a way to incorporate the publication date timeline thing that Goodreads has (with the dots spread out) into my spreadsheet, since I’ve been reading more classics lately I think I would’ve liked to see it more visually represented (but again, I’m not apt enough to create this myself, haha). Enjoyed seeing your spreadsheet and how you track your reading! 🙂


    1. Thank you, Natalie! I am slowly making my way into youtube, but it takes so much time and effort to film and edit a video! I guess it is still easier for me to simply sit and write a review. 🙂 I will take a better look at Sophie’s spreadsheet – I am pretty sure we can build a timeline in Excel, and I will check how to do it with a table like hers. Once I figure it out, I will let you know. 🙂

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      1. I understand, it’s definitely a bit of a time commitment. Oh, that’s wonderful! Thank you so much!


      2. I think this might work: 1) On the worksheet where you have your graphs, click on an empty cell; 2) Then from the Excel Menu on the top, select the Insert tab and navigate to the Charts section; 3) Select Scatter Chart, which will insert a blank white chart; 4) Right-click the blank white chart and click Select Data, which will bring up Excel’s Select Data Source window; 5) Click on the Add button to bring up the Edit Series window; 6) Click into the field named Series X values; 7) Go to your book survey table and select the column for the date you finished reading the book; 8) Click into the field named Series Y value; 9) Go to your book survey table and select the column for the book’s publishing year; 10) Right click on the horizontal axis of your chart, and select the option Format Axis; 11) Click the option Number at the bottom, select Category – Custom; 12) Then type aaaa in the option Format Code, and click Add; then, the values on your horizontal chart will be the years you read the books; the values on your vertical axis will be the years the books were published. 🙂

        That sounds more complicated than it is. I can try to make a video about it, so as to make more visual.

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