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December & 2019 Yearly Reading Wrap Up

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.

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December and 2018 Yearly Wrap Up

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.

 

 

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Year Of 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 212
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 113
Male/Female Authors: 20.5/192.5
Kindle Books: 82
Most Prolific Reading Month: March – 24 books
Least Prolific Reading Month: September & November – 14 books

I’m pretty happy with my year in reading for 2017. 212 books means I did meet my Goodreads goal of 200 without having to revise it (like I did last year). It’s an average of around 17 books per month which I feel is about my comfortable amount where I don’t have to think ‘oh god I need to read a book, gosh just read another book’.

In 2017 I read 113 new to me authors which is an average of around 9 new authors a month. I am very pleased about that. Over 50% of the books I read this year were by authors I’d never tried before so it’s all about broadening the horizons! I also read 82 books on my Kindle (iPad in my case) so almost 1 in 3 books I read are electronic. I still have a strong trend towards print books – there’s nothing like buying a new book from a store. Buying eBooks doesn’t really compare, even though I do appreciate the instant gratification.

I read 20.5 books by male authors (some were collaborations with female authors, which is where the weird .5 comes from) which is significantly up on last year’s grand total of 5! In fact in one month this year (August) I read 7 books by male authors which for me, must be something of a record. Most months the figure is around 1 or 2. Most of my taste just seems to gravitate towards the sort of books women write. I read a huge amount of Australian women – this year for the Australian Women Writers Challenge I read 63 books by Australian women. I managed to write reviews for around 60 of them. I’ve been participating in this challenge since its creation and although it’s no real challenge as such, because I naturally gravitate to so many books written by Australian women, it’s nice to be a part of something that supports the efforts of locals and helps to get their voices out there. Many people (specifically critics and those who review for publications) read a lot of books written by men and this was to sort of redress an imbalance.

One of the things I was disappointed about last year was the amount of reviews I wrote and I had vowed to improve it in 2017. I can’t remember how many I specifically wrote last year but this year I wrote and posted reviews for 159 of the 212 books I read. This is about 3 a week and I’m very pleased with that. I had a few times in the year that I dropped off – I was quite sick in the latter part of winter/early part of spring and this did impact on my posting but apart from that I think I’ve kept up a pretty consistent schedule. When I created the blog I aimed to review everything but that wasn’t sustainable and some books I read simply to pass the time or because I’m curious and they’re not really the sort I can sit down and bang out a review for. I think almost 160 is a pretty decent number – around 75%. That’s something I’ll be aiming to do next year as well, all things permitting.

I haven’t made any reading or blogging resolutions yet. I mentioned yesterday that 2018 might be my year of winging it, we’ll see. I have a new blog planner ready to go (in fact it already has numerous commitments for the next couple of weeks) because I have to have one of those to keep myself organised for what reviews I’m posting when. But apart from that, I’ve made no plans, not signed up for anything yet. I’m just going to see how I feel.

Well 2017, that’s a wrap! I hope the year was wonderful for you all, both in books and otherwise. Here’s to 2018.

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December Reading Wrap Up & 2015 Year In Review

Total Books Read: 30
Fiction: 30
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 19
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 14
Male/Female Authors: 0/30
Kindle Books: 25
Books I Owned or Bought: 2
Favourite Book(s): Outback Promise, by Maggie Bolitho
Least Favourite Book(s):  A couple in the Down and Dusty anthology
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 22

December figures look good but they’re pretty misleading! About 8 of the titles were around 10k words and there were at least 3 other novellas in there too so in terms of full length books, it is probably only around 17 or 18 titles, which is on average with what I’ve been reading the past few months. I’ve been reading a lot at night, so tends to be stuff on my iPad, quick reads that I can just churn through to wind down before sleep.

For 2015, I read 210 books for the entire year. Last year I had a few more stats than that but this year I had a few months off from my monthly wrap ups so to be honest, I’m not sure of the break downs between male/female authors, how many were eBooks, authors I’d never read before etc and given I’m on holidays and writing these posts between trips to visit family or going swimming etc, I really can’t be bothered trawling back through my wrap up posts and the missing data on Goodreads to figure them out. 2015 is just going to have to be the year I didn’t keep up with my records…perhaps something to add on to my 2016 goals (which will be posted tomorrow).

All in all though, I’m happy with the books I read this year. I read more books just to read, ones that were quick and easy because they were what I needed at the time. Next year I hope to get back into a bit of reading diversity, trying some different things and hopefully next year will give me the headspace to do that! I’d like the stress of this year to vanish with it at midnight tonight and not follow me into 2016!

Thanks to my Australian Women Writers Challenge wrap up post, I have a few ideas about how to adapt that challenge to suit me next year and I’ll be looking for a few other challenges over the next couple of weeks.

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2013: The Reading Year In Review

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Well it’s the last day of 2013 so it must be time to reflect on how the year was for me, reading and blogging wise! Firstly – December reading wrap up:

Total Books Read: 27
Fiction: 27
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 3
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 2/25
Kindle Books: 8
Books I Owned or Bought: 5
Favourite Book(s): Barracuda, by Christos Tsiolkas
Least Favourite Book(s): Takedown Twenty, by Janet Evanovich. Why do I continue to do it to myself?
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 10

As of today, I’ve read 337 books for 2013, which pretty much surpassed any expectations I might’ve had at the beginning of the year. I attribute this to probably my eldest starting kinder three days a week and my youngest simply getting older and needing less. He also naps for at least 2-3 hours every day and I can get an average paperback read within that time. Of these 337 books, 44 of them were by men and 292 were by women. There was 1 book that was a collection of letters, so by a huge number of both men and women and I didn’t assign it to either category. I wanted to read 50 books by men this year, so I fell short of that goal slightly however I have something to really aim for next year.

Challenges

I took part in 5 reading challenges this year – one of which is a rolling 5 year challenge, the other were for just the year of 2013. For the second time I took part in the Australian Women Writers Challenge aiming to read over 100 books to match my contribution of 2012. I ended up reading 116 books for this of which I reviewed around 114 (some reviews haven’t been published yet and are scheduled to appear on the blog in the first few days of the new year and 2 books for the challenge I simply didn’t review at all).

I also took part in the Aussie Author Challenge for 2013 but I did modify this slightly in order to encourage me to read more men. My goal was 12 novels read by Australian male authors, some of which were new to me, some of which were non fiction and with 4 fiction genres represented. I ended up reading 18 novels for this challenge so I was really happy to have met and gone past my goal. I read many authors that were new to me, I explored literary fiction (Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan), non-fiction (Murder In Mississippi by John Safran, On the Trail of Genghis Khan by Tim Cope), humour/romance (The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion), young adult (The First Third by Will Kostakis, Fireshadow by Anthony Eaton), crime (Zero At The Bone and Line of Sight by David Whish-Wilson) and action/adventure (Combusion by Steve Worland). I even read a book on my beloved Sydney Swans (The Rise of the Swans: A Decade of Success 2003-2012 by Martin Blake). I look forward to re-signing up for this challenge in 2014 and using it once again to track the reading I do of Aussie male authors. There’s still a large gender imbalance in my reading and I suspect there always will be but I am becoming more aware of male authors, especially local ones and finding titles that interest me.

I also took part in the What’s In A Name?6 Challenge and completed all 6 of the categories. I’ve participated in this challenge for the last 3 years and enjoyed it immensely however I will be taking a break from it in 2014 and focusing on some other things.

Those three were the challenges I consider a success in 2013. However there are several that I had less success in…firstly, the Literary Exploration Challenge in 2013. I challenged myself to the hardest level, to read books from a list of 36 different genres. I got half way, completing 18 of the genres so I am aiming to tick off the other 18 in 2014. The genres I have left are: autobiography/biography, children’s book, classics, cyberpunk, drama, dystopian, educational, erotica, fantasy, horror, noir, philosophical, poetry, science fiction, steampunk, supernatural, thriller and Victorian.

And then there’s the Classics Club Challenge. To be honest, I always knew this one was going to be a bit of a long shot when I signed up almost two years ago. My aim was to read 50 classics in 5 years at a rate of roughly 12 a year so 1 per month. I am woefully behind on this challenge. Overall I think I have read only 10 classics, three of which I read this year and I didn’t even write reviews for 2 of them I don’t think. However I have to look on the bright side: it’s probably 10 more than I would’ve read if I hadn’t of joined this challenge and even though my progress is rather slow, it is still progress! So once again, this rolls over to next year and I hope I can tick a few more titles off my list (which you can see here).

Blogging

The top 10 posts in popularity that were posted in 2013 were:

Review: The Stranger I Married, by Sylvia Day
Review: Just For Nowby Abbi Glines
Review: Nakedby Raine Miller
Review: The Stranger (Just One Night #1)by Kyra Davis
Review: Tampaby Alissa Nutting (plus giveaway)
Review: The Husband’s Secretby Liane Moriarty
Review: Lickby Kylie Scott
Review: The Silver Chainby Primula Bond
Review: Seductionby Kate Forster
Review: Enshadowedby Kelly Creagh

 

Later today I’ll be posting my favourite books of 2013! Hope your 2013 year of reading was a good one filled with many amazing books and more of the same awaits in 2014.

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December & 2012 Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 30
Fiction: 28
Non-Fiction: 1 (and one is a coffee table book of cartoons)
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 10
Books in a Series: 6
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 19
Male/Female Authors: 3/27
Kindle Books: 14
Books I Owned or Bought: 10
Favourite Book(s): Scared Yet? by Jaye Ford, A Bush Christmas by Margareta Osborn, Stand In Star by Rachael Johns, The Girl In The Hard Hat by Loretta Hill, Peter Pan by Jessica Owers
Least Favourite Book(s): Fearless by Diana Palmer
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 17

All up in 2012, I read 290 books which far surpassed my expectations! Towards the end of the year I did churn through quite a lot of books because I read quite a few short stories and novellas on my Kindle – the two new romance digital first imprints here in Australia, Harlequin Escape and Destiny Romance meant that there were plenty of shorter-style eBooks around to be had but still, I’m quite happy with how many books I did manage to read this year.

Challenge wise, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. I completed the Australian Women Writers Challenge easily, reading 100 titles in 2012 that counted towards it. I also participated in the What’s In A Name?5 challenge, hosted by Beth Fish Reads and completed 5/6 of the categories, which is actually the first time I’ve failed to finish this one. I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read that had a creepy crawly in its name and I do know that I wasn’t the only one that failed on that particular category either! I will be taking part in the challenge again next year, I’ll have a post up about that soon. I also took part in the Around The World In 12 Books challenge and I was going great guns until about October – I’d completed books for all of the countries, some on the last day of the month! But the wheels kind of fell off there and I missed the last couple. In 2012, I also signed up to The Classics Club challenge, aiming to read 1 classic a month so probably I should’ve read 8 or 9 or so this year and I think I’ve read 6. I do need to lift my game a bit there! I have noticed that this year, I’ve been much more relaxed about failing challenges! I can remember previous years cramming in titles at the end of the year to get the challenge completed but this year I didn’t really bother!

Next year I’ll be taking part in the Australian Women Writers Challenge again, the What’s In A Name?6 challenge and I’ll be continuing my participation in The Classics Club challenge. I’m also looking at joining a challenge for reading from a wide variety of genres as well as joining the Aussie Challenge but keeping it strictly to male authors. As I’m participating in AWW2013, I’d like the Aussie Challenge to be a way in which I boost my reading of male authors which is always something of a challenge for me. Of the 290 books I did read this year, only 40 of them were by men. It’s an improvement on last year’s number (I think last year I read 25 or so by men) but I’d like the ratio to be a little more balanced. I know it’s never going to be 50/50 but I do have to make an effort to find the books out there by men that I know I’ll really actually enjoy.

The thing that I’ve really noticed about 2012 is how many fabulous books I’ve read! I’ve been fairly stingy with my 10/10 ratings I think giving away maybe 2 or 3 in total up until the start of 2012. In 2012, I gave away at least 5, possibly more. I’ve already done a Top 10 of 2012 for the AWW but….discounting those, I’m going to do a Top 10 Books I Read In 2012. Doesn’t matter what year they were published in, if I read them this year, then they count.

My Favourite Books Read In 2012

  1. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta. How did I not read this sooner? It was perfection.
  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I’m not sure I ever cried so much reading a book. This was fabulously written, heartbreaking but had to happen the way that it did.
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This book will never get old. It might be my favourite book of all time.
  4. Canada by Richard Ford. There’s something about the way this man writes! And meeting him was lovely too.
  5. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. This one made me giggle all the way through it.
  6. The Age Of Miracles by Karen Walker Thompson. Such a fascinating idea and I was very taken by the sense of normalcy that the population tried to keep up, rather than the total disaster usually featured in post-apocalyptic novels.
  7. The Keeper Of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Loved this opener to a new Danish crime fiction series. Characters are fantastic.
  8. Speechless by Hannah Harrington. A YA novel with one heck of an important message.
  9. The Mystery Of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes. The final Walsh sister! I was always going to love this.
  10. Two Weeks’ Notice by Rachel Caine. Goddamn I adore this series. It breaks my heart that Caine only plans 3 books for it so far (this was book 2).

2012 was a wonderful year both reading wise and personally. This list was hard to choose and I have to admit, it’s taken me far longer than it should have, sitting here and staring at my computer screen, agonizing over my choices! There are so many amazing books that I would’ve liked to include as well but I feel if I don’t stop at 10, then I might never stop!

Hope you all had a wonderful 2012 and that 2013 is even more fabulous.

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