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December & 2019 Yearly Reading Wrap Up

on January 1, 2020

Total Books Read: 13
Fiction: 12
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 2
Books On My TBR List: 1
Books in a Series: 5
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 4
Male/Female Authors: 1/12
Kindle Books: 3
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): The Only Plane In The Sky by Garrett M. Graff
Least Favourite Books: Nothing below a 3/5 this month
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 6

December was a quiet month but then, I knew it was going to be. I completed my Goodreads goal in November and with going away, I figured that I probably wouldn’t be reading as much. I’m still quite happy to have read 13 books. As of writing this I’ve read 4 on my holiday – I actually pictured reading a bit more out by the pool but honestly? It’s been too hot to sit comfortably outside. We still have just over a week of holidays remaining and then I’ll probably be back to my normal reading habits. January is generally a pretty big reading month for me….the last 2 years it’s been one of my most prolific reading months.

And the yearly reading wrap up…….

Total Books Read: 217
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 106
Male/Female Authors: 32/187 (some are counted under both, which is why it adds up to 219)
Kindle Books: 35
Library Reads: 27
5-Star Reads: 31
Most Prolific Reading Month: October – 29 books
Least Prolific Reading Month: June & December – 13 books

The spreadsheet I used this year to track my reading allows me to actually have a much more comprehensive reading break down at my fingertips without having to go back and re-read every monthly reading wrap up I did or scroll through my Goodreads and reviews. It’s got pie charts and lists which allow me to see things like:

  • I read 179 adult titles in 2019
  • 31 YA titles
  • 7 middle grade or children’s titles
  • 16 non-fiction titles
  • 20 books by POC and 23 featuring main characters of colour
  • 14 books with a queer author or main character
  • 2 books in translation
  • 16 titles that are ‘own voices’
  • 63 books I read in 2019 I purchased myself
  • 27 were from my local library
  • 112 were ARCs from publishers either digital or print
  • 6 books were re-reads
  • General/contemporary fiction was my biggest genre with a whopping 81 titles. Next is historical fiction (35), then romance (32). I read 1 classic and 1 book I considered to be ‘horror’.
  • It takes me on average, 1.3 days to read a book and I read an average of 219 pages per day
  • Overall I read 79,585 pages and I listened to 1x 9hr audiobook.
  • My lowest rating was 1×2 star
  • I rated 27 books a 4.5/5 and 4 books a 5/5 (9/10 and 10/10 on my blog)
  • 98 books were between 3-400p. I also read 11 books that had over 600p throughout the year

Comparing 2019 with 2018, I read more books in 2019 – 11 more. I also read a lot more male authors – only 18 in 2018 compared with 32 this year. However new authors to me were slightly down – 106 this year compared with 113 last year. My eBook consumption has been dropping steadily in the last few years….it was 56 last year but I only read 35 this year. That’s just under 3 a month. I think a few years ago, eBooks would’ve been a much higher percentage of my overall reading. In 2017, I read 82 kindle books. I’m not overly sure why this is….I don’t think I receive too many more print ARCs now than I did in 2017 but I do certainly use NetGalley a bit less. I still buy eBooks, especially during sales – I will often stock up with 10 or so books when they have $1.99-$4.99 sales. So they’re there. I’m just not reading them as often. I did nab a lot of eBooks to read while I’m on holidays though, so I’m going to have to make a concerted effort to choose them over print books that might be lying around.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my reading in 2019. I’ve ticked over 200 books for the year for the last few years now but certain life changes in the next year or so may mean that trend doesn’t continue. My Goodreads goal for 2020 is going to be lower because sometimes I find it a bit judgy and stressful. And I’m aware it’s stress I put on myself, as I’m the one that sets it!

I’m happy with the amount of reviews I wrote this year. I didn’t review about 40 books – 6 or 7 of which were re-reads and I have already reviewed previously before. Another 5 or 6 were cookbooks and I don’t really review cookbooks although I do still have plans for a series of posts about changing the food I eat and finding new dishes to become ‘regulars’ for our family. That’s kind of a work in progress so maybe that’s something I can get to and work on a bit more in 2020. There were just some books that I read that I felt a review wasn’t really necessary or I didn’t have anything to say. So I probably wrote close to 180 reviews in 2019 which is almost 4 a week. I always aim to try and publish 4 posts a week so that works with my blog goals.

I don’t know how I feel about resolutions – I’ve had years when I’ve made blogging and reading resolutions and years where I haven’t made any. I think I work better when I do have a few goals and aims to achieve for the year, so in the coming week I might try and get a goals for 2020 post up as well.

Normally I post a picture of the this month’s TBR but I don’t have a January TBR as I’m not at home – I do have some books waiting for me when I get home but for now, maybe it’s time to get to those eBooks that are sitting around being ignored!

Hope you all had a wonderful reading year and that 2020 is enjoyable and filled with amazing books.

6 responses to “December & 2019 Yearly Reading Wrap Up

  1. I still can’t get over you reading 29 books in October. 😁

  2. Congrats on your reading accomplishments for December, and the year! Looking forward to more of your reviews in 2020,

  3. Marg says:

    217 books is a good year! And a good variety as well.

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