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?

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

June Recap | 2019

A bit more than halfway through the year! Last week was the first week that I didn’t post a review (besides recaps) and that was to announce The Shakespeare Project! I’m super excited about this and can’t wait to dive into the plays.

This month I finished six books and one short story, which were rated as follows.

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence – April 2nd – June 10th
★★★★☆

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – June 10th – 11th
★★★☆☆

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – June 11th – 12th
★★★★☆

Normal People by Sally Rooney – June 18th – 19th
★★★★☆

Bound by Mark Lawrence – June 20th – 21st
★★★☆☆

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado – June 21st – 23rd
★★★☆☆

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – June 24th – 26th
★★★★☆

This is my tentative list of books to get to in July, some of which have changed up a bit!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

-Siobhan

May Recap & Mid-Year “Freakout” Tag | 2019

We’re officially done with five months through the year! I finished four books this month, and really enjoyed them. This time last year, I did the mid-year freakout tag, and was thinking that might be a fun thing to do halfway through the year again. It’s the first tag that I’ve done all year!

Becoming by Michelle Obama – April 1st – May 1st
★★★★☆

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn – May 20th
★★★☆☆

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood – May 21st
★★★★☆

Persepolis: The Story of a Return – May 21st
★★★★☆

And now I have the questions for the Mid-Year “Freakout” Tag!

Best book you’ve read this year?
I think this is going to go to Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, though Daisy Jones & The Six was a pretty high contender as well.

Best sequel you’ve read in 2018? 
In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to?
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence! It’s the third book in the series, so I have to read the second one first before I get to it, but I’m excited to finish out the trilogy.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
The only book that I know I’m definitely picking up is Girls of Storm and Shadow, sequel to Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. That’s expected in November of 2019.

Biggest disappointment?
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Given that it’s the author’s first novel, I’m excited to see what he does with his next project, but I wanted more from this. I still really liked it though, and I’ve been lucky that everything I’ve read this year so far has been great.

Biggest surprise?
Alice Isn’t Dead! I really enjoyed this book, and it’s always great to find something in my favorite niche genre, which is horror-comedy.

Favorite new to you or debut author?
Most of the things that I read this year are from authors who were new to me, but it was probably Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Newest favorite character?
Ava from The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.

Book that made you cry?
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini and both parts of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. These were both so beautiful and heartbreaking.

Book that made you happy?
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel. Not so much because of the content, I just really love him as an author and was excited to read more by him.

Favorite book-to-film adaptation?
I haven’t seen any so far this year.

Favorite post you have done this year?
My first post of the year! I like setting goals (and then not completing them.) It’s a hobby.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty is beautiful, as is the copy of The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab that I was sent. I’ve been much more intentional about the books that I purchase, especially since I have limited shelf space now.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I’m so glad you asked! These are books that I want to get to by the end of the year. You’ll notice a lot are by authors that I’ve already read books from before.

A Darker Shade of Magic (series) by V.E. Schwab
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

Thanks so much for reading! I’m excited to see what I get to this month and for the rest of the year.

-Siobhan