February Recap | 2020

February seemed to fly by super quickly. I read seven books this month, and though I didn’t get through as many as I wanted to on vacation, I’m definitely still ahead of my reading goal.

Here’s what I read this month!

Severance by Ling Ma – January 31st – February 1st
★★★☆☆

Bunny by Mona Awad – February 2nd – 6th
★★★☆☆

The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson – February 8th – 12th
★★★★☆

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – February 12th – 19th
★★★★★

Sadie by Courtney Summers – February 20th – 22nd
★★★★★

The Other People by C.J. Tudor – February 23rd – 24th
★★★★☆

Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix – February 25th – 26th
★★★★☆

I definitely read some… strange books this month, and some great books this month. I have some fun reading plans for March, which I’ll go over next week in my TBR!
-Siobhan

January Recap | 2020

We’re already one month down! There’s only eleven more to go!

I read six books this month, and I feel like I’m off to a pretty good start with my goal of 52. I also read across a decent variety of genres, with one non-fiction, one young adult fantasy, one adult fantasy, one graphic novel, a contemporary, and one young adult paranormal novel. Next month I’m going to be away for about a week, and I’m definitely looking forward to spending most of that time reading.

Here’s what I read this month!

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire – January 12th – 15th
★★★☆☆

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli – January 16th – 17th
★★★☆☆

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence – January 18th – 20th
★★★★☆

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons – January 17th – 22nd
★★★★★

Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia – January 23rd – 24th
★★★☆☆

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – January 27th – 30th
★★★★★

Overall I’m super happy that I finished the Book of the Ancestor trilogy, and I’m really excited to move on to more of Mark Lawrence’s books in the future, as well as more of Seanan McGuire’s. Celeste Ng totally surprised me with Little Fires Everywhere. But more than anything, I’m glad I finally got to reading Watchmen, but I’ll talk more about that in my upcoming review.
-Siobhan

2019 Reading Stats

Alright, so here it is. A recap of everything that I read in all of 2019. These stats are coming from a mix of Goodreads, which is where I track everything I read, and my personal stat spreadsheet. There’s a link to my Goodreads profile in the sidebar.

I read 13,086 pages across 48 books.

The shortest book I read was Bound by Mark Lawrence at 49 pages. The longest, also by Mark Lawrence, was Red Sister.

The most popular book I read was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, which 970,697 other people read.

My highest read genre was Graphic Novel this year at 12, and second highest was Fantasy at 7.

Most of the books I read (18) had an average page length between 300-399 pages.

36 of the books I read were in the adult age range, 11 were young adult, and I read 1 children’s book.

My average rating for 2019 was 4 stars. This doesn’t surprise me at all, because I felt like I read some really great books this year.

Most of the books I read this year were digital. 41 of them I read on my iPad. I read 4 hardcovers, and listened to 2 audiobooks. This is a huge change from last year, and all prior years, where I’d been primarily reading physical hardcover books. This stat really surprised me in how much I’m moving toward ebooks.

For some author stats, I read a pretty even split of male vs female authors. 23 were male, 25 were female. I also read from 40 authors which were new to me this year, and only 8 were authors I had read from before.

Finally, here’s my top 5 books of the year, in no particular order:

  1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  2. Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens
  3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  4. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. Normal People by Sally Rooney

At the beginning of the year, I also set some goals for myself. I wanted to
– Read 52 books
– Read more non-fiction
– Only purchase books that I knew I’d love

I was four books shy of reading 52 books this year. I read one non-fiction book, so I don’t know that I can mark that one complete, but I was really good about only purchasing books I knew I’d love! What this meant was I really dialed in to purchasing books from authors who I loved, or series that I really enjoyed. I used the library a lot more this year. This strategy really worked for me, and I think the Red Sister series is a good example. I read the first two books from the library, right before the third one was set to come out. I decided that I loved the series enough to buy it, and bought all three books at once. I’m definitely going to continue using this strategy for physical books, as I’m just out of space on my bookshelves.

This year, I want to:
– Read 52 books
– Read the 5 oldest books on my Goodreads TBR
– Read from 10 different countries

The individual goals I set for myself were to read specific books. Those books were ones I’m really looking forward to, but unfortunately didn’t get to read.
– Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
– Shades of Magic (Series) by V.E. Schwab
– Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
– Circe by Madeline Miller

Though these are all books I do want to complete, I’m going to choose a different batch this year for my goals. This year those are:
– The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
– Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
– Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
– Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
– The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I’m excited for this year of reading. I have a lot of content planned for posts, and I’m excited to see where this year takes us.

Happy New Year!
-Siobhan

December Recap | 2019

A blog post? On a Monday?

As I mentioned on Friday, this is something new that I’m trying this year. The aim is to have recap, stat, and other types of content on Mondays, as well as having weekly reviews on Fridays. There are a lot of books that I’m really excited to read in 2020.

As for December, I didn’t get to complete any books during the month, and took the time for the holidays to spend time with my family and focus on work. I’m excited to jump back into reading in January, and my January TBR will be posted in a few weeks!

-Siobhan

September Recap | 2019

September was a tough month for me reading-wise, and was the first month since February that I didn’t finish a book. I’m hoping to change that in October. Here’s the tentative list of books I’m looking to get to in October.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

August Recap | 2019

August went by so quickly! I finished two books this month, which was great.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – August 3rd – 5th
★★★★☆

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
★★★★☆

And here’s the books I’d like to get to this September!

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

July Recap | 2019

Another good reading month for me! I finished six books, which I really enjoyed.

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix – June 27th – July 3rd
★★★★☆

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – July 4th – 5th
★★★★☆

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – July 5th – 6th
★★★★☆

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – July 24th – 26th
★★★★☆

No Exit by Taylor Adams – July 27th
★★★★☆

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens – July 28th – 30th
★★★★★

And here’s the books I’d like to get to in August!

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing