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December and 2018 Yearly Wrap Up

on December 31, 2018

Total Books Read: 10
Fiction: 9
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 2
Books On My TBR List: 5
Books in a Series: 4
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 5
Male/Female Authors: 1/9
Kindle Books: 1
Books I Owned or Bought: 3
Favourite Book(s): The Wicked King by Holly Black, Becoming by Michelle Obama
Least Favourite Books: Nothing rated below a 3 this month
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

December was quiet – I kind of suspected it would be after my November wrap up. I had felt it winding down toward the end of the year, I wasn’t picking up as many books, or even feeling the urge to do so. I had Christmas and end of year school stuff to prepare for and I think I just appreciated not feeling pressured to get things read and reviewed. I read quite a few things this month just because I wanted to, books that been on my shelves for years. It’s made me reassess the way I read and think about making some changes for 2019. But honestly? That’s not the first time I’ve said that and books still sit on my shelf unread for years so *shrug* We’ll see how I go!

And the yearly wrap up……

Total Books Read: 206
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 113
Male/Female Authors: 18.5/187.5
Kindle Books: 56
Library Reads: 16
5-Star Reads: 46
Most Prolific Reading Month: January & August – 22 books
Least Prolific Reading Month: December – 10 books

Overall I’m pretty satisfied with my reading. I’m down slightly from last year, where I read 212 books but it’s not enough for there to be a significant change I don’t think. I still read just a bit more than 50% new authors but my eBook consumption dropped quite a bit, down to 56 titles from 82 last year, which is quite a difference I think. I’m not sure why that is to be honest. Did I receive/buy more print copies this year? Did I use NetGalley a lot less? Maybe not check out sales as often? I did go 4-5 weeks without an iPad after my one died – actually I only read 1 eBook in each of the last 3 months of the year, so even since I picked up a new one earlier this month, I haven’t really used it for reading. I read 2 library books in the first 6 months of the year but in the last 6 months, I read 14. That corresponds I think, with moving house and living closer to one of the branches, which is across the road from a shopping centre we now frequent. It’s suddenly easier to request books and pick them up knowing I’m going to be there at some stage, most weeks. We are very lucky to have an excellent library here and I really should be using it more than I have been, in recent times. So often I’m surprised when I search the catalogue for a book that I don’t expect to be there, only to be proved wrong and often they have multiple copies.

My reading is still heavily skewered towards female authors. Not even 10% of my reading is from male authors this year. I average around 1-2 titles by a male author per month – my best was 3.5 this year in October. In May I didn’t read a single title by a male author. I get sent a lot of books by publishers, some of which I request and plenty that are unsolicited. I generally find the unsolicited ones have a higher chance of being by a male author, but mostly I get sent a lot of female authors. Which may represent my blog and reading dynamic or may reflect how much those titles are wanting to be promoted by their publishers. Out of the 206 books I read this year, 77 were also by Australian female authors, so they make up over a third of my reading. Add in the 20 odd books I read by men and then the remaining just over 100 are women from different countries around the world, probably predominantly British and American with a sprinkling of authors of colour.

Over the course of the year, I rated 46 books 5-stars on Goodreads (equal to a 9 or 10 on my blog). Off the top of my head I think I only rated three books 10/10 this year – The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton, The Ones You Trust by Caroline Overington and The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland. Which means 43 books were rated 9/10. My best month for 5-star reads was April, with 7 and both October and December only had 2 each.

Looking ahead to 2019, here’s my first TBR – these are review books and it’s a small pile because I have some other books I want to get to in January. I’ve signed up for 2 challenges, one of which will be relatively easy to me (the Australian Women Writers Challenge) but I’m also doing the Reading Women Challenge and that requires some planning and acquiring books from the library etc. So I want to knock a few titles from that one off during the month – I already have quite a few options and there’s a great Goodreads group with heaps of selections and recommendations which is going to make it much easier to choose what titles to tick off which categories.

I’ve already read The Wicked King – there was no way I wasn’t reading that as soon as it lobbed into my mailbox! But I’ll probably skim it again when I’m ready to write the review next week. I’m part of a publisher blog tour for Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi and that’s a title that I can also use for the Reading Women challenge as well, if I choose. Flight Risk was one I requested, a story that is loosely based on the disappearance of MH370, something that has fascinated me. I’m an avid watcher of Air Crash Investigation and I love the way they piece together what happens in a crash. How in this day an age, a plane could just……vanish is incredible. The other 2 are unsolicited. So if I get to them, I do….if not, I’m not really going to worry too much about it. I have made some progress with my Mortal Instruments reading and I aim to finish the “original 6” by reading the last book about Clary and Jace and also start the Infernal Devices series.

Reading Goals!

I hope you all had a great 2018 and that 2019 brings amazing books to read and enjoy.



2 responses to “December and 2018 Yearly Wrap Up

  1. A good year in reading. Here’s to the next one!

  2. lydiaschoch says:

    I love round-up posts. Thank you for sharing yours.

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