2019 Year in Review — #AMonthofFaves

For the month of December, I am joining Girlxoxo and Traveling with T for their #AMonthofFaves blog event. To learn more and to see the list of topics, read their announcement post–#AMonthofFaves 2019 [Blog Event] Announcement.

Today’s prompt:

This Is How We Read –  Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least).

Looking back at my reading stats for the year and considering how busy I was with other things, I’m surprised I was able to read as many books as I did. I didn’t end up finishing my Goodreads challenge (I was two books short, darn it!), but I’m happy with the number of books I was able to read this year…and a lot of them were very good!

Books read: 73

Pages read: 28,841

Unfortunately, my Goodreads Year in Books isn’t updating with book #73 (the GR forums explain that it can take some time for it to update, possibly days, sigh). Also, I never choose the exact edition of the book I am currently reading–I usually go with the first edition that comes up when I search for a book–so my pages read aren’t reflected correctly on Goodreads, either. I keep track of my reading stats in a spreadsheet, so the numbers I have typed myself are the correct numbers.

Average rating: 4.18 (out of 5)

I read a lot of really great books this year! My friend sj has pointed out more than once that I am too easy on books when I rate them (we had a pretty hilarious conversation about it at some point), but I really did read a bunch of fantastic books this year. Maybe I’m just getting better about choosing what I’m going to read–I don’t have time for mediocre books right now.

Most read genre: Scifi/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction

I have been on a huge scifi/fantasy kick lately. I have always loved these genres, but I read a lot more of them this year that in previous years, I think. I also chose to read a couple of long series this year, and they happened to be a scifi (The Expanse) and a fantasy (The Wheel of Time) series. I might actually be rereading the Expanse series with a friend soon to prepare for the last book coming out some time in 2020.

Favorite reading location:

On the couch with my furry reading buddy…

Most read author(s):

It is not a surprise that my most read author this year was Stephen King. I have gotten back to my READ ALL THE SK project, so I read seven of his books this year. Three other authors are tied for second place: James S.A. Corey (The Expanse series), Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time series), and Seanan McGuire (the Wayward Children series and Middlegame). I read five books by each of them.

% treebooks: 36/73 = 49%

% ebooks: 35/73 = 48%

% audiobooks: 2/73 = 3%

Favorite read(s) of the year:

Okay, this will always be hard for me. I loved so many of the books I read this year. I have done my best to narrow it down to three out of the who-knows-how-many that I would have liked to list here. In no particular order, three of the books I really loved this year that affected me deeply were Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraquib (read about this in my “Underrated Books” post), The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, and Duma Key by Stephen King (read my review).

Month I read the most:

This depends on whether we’re talking about number of books read or number of pages read. I read the most books in June (10), but I read the most pages in January (3,582).

Month I read the least:

July and August were really tough months for me. At the end of the spring quarter, I realized that I would have enough credits to graduate at the end of the 2020 spring quarter, but that I would be short one required course. Sigh. So I ended up taking three courses over the summer, and one of them was a four credit, six week History course. Y’all, I was SO BUSY with school work. I barely had a free minute for myself for six weeks. It was ROUGH. So in July I read only three books totaling 879 pages, and in August I read only two books…TWO BOOKS…totaling 405 pages.

% read with sj: 25/73 = 34%

It has been some time since sj and I have been able to read this many books together in a year. She will always be my best reading buddy, and it was SO NICE to read this many books with her…and most of them were really good!

% library books: 25/73 = 34%

Three cheers for libraries! I’m a little biased because I work in a public library, but even if I didn’t work in one, I would still be cheering them on. What is not to love about free books? No, you can’t keep the books, but not everyone can afford to buy every book they read AND public libraries are the last bastion of true democracy. The Kobo e-reader I received for Christmas has OverDrive functionality built in, so I foresee myself reading a higher percentage of ebooks in 2020.

How did your reading year go? Did you read lots of fantastic books? Did you meet the goals you set for yourself?

4 thoughts on “2019 Year in Review — #AMonthofFaves

  1. You’re my favourite bookaroo. 😘

    My Best of 2019 were Meg Elison’s Road to Nowhere trilogy, Fforde’s Early Riser, Ling Ma’s Severance, and Seanan Maguire’s Middlegame.

    Most disappointing were that one Latinx dystopia whose name I’ve already forgotten, The Farm, and The Chemist.

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  2. Looks like you had a great year! I am terrible at keeping reading goals, so I really only set a Goodreads goal for myself, but this year I would like to try to read some backlist books and also try some new authors.

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