The Beauty of Tracking My Reading

I had a hearty skepticism toward Goodreads when I first started reading extensively again (this was in 2015, deep into Amazon's ownership of the site). I eventually caved and made an account. In 2020, when I became aware of the Storygraph, I dutifully transferred my Goodreads data over and began tracking there. Since I've been tracking my reading for 7 years at this point, I can look at the history of how I read and how my taste has evolved.

One of the troubling aspects is that both Goodreads and Storygraph blends personal and community use. For example, there are books that I would personally rate low - not because they're bad books, because they didn't suit my taste or used tropes I don't enjoy. However, I don't feel like it's often "fair" to bring a book's rating down, especially if it's a book like a memoir or written by a historically underrepresented author where my issues are truly matters of personal taste. There was a period of time when I stopped giving book star ratings as a result, and instead wrote reviews.  This was worthwhile, but made it difficult for me to easily filter through that information again. If only I could code my reviews as a qualitative data set!

However, I have returned to numbers. Since I'm out, I'm going to give you a peek into my overall tastes and patterns. I'll include my 2022 numbers so far (I wrote this on July 31st!) and my all-time stats!

That "speculative fiction" category is new-to-me! There's also "feminism", "gender" and "race" categories that I don't think get applied evenly. I'd love to learn more about how these categories are assigned!
I have been thinking about purposefully reading more authors multiple times. Historically, I haven't read many series, which is where most of the "most read authorS" come into play. 
I made the purposeful decision a few years back to aim for higher average reviews. I do find the quarter-star ratings to be my least used, as it often feels like I should really round up/down.
I find that 2017/2018 being my "lowest" years for reading to be so fascinating, since that's when I started getting my life together. 2019 was the year I graduated from grad school - that definitely had something to do with it. Granted, I think in 2015, I was logging all the books that I was reading for my grad program... but I'd have to dig deeper.

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