Since it’s the end of the year, which still doesn’t feel real, I thought I’d look back on my reading year with a survey.
I’ve adapted this from questions for Cait at paper fury. It looked like fun and the pie chats looked so cute. You will be glad to know that I found a way to simplify the pie chart making process, and now have a spreadsheet which I fill in throughout the year and it automatically makes the charts yay!!
Also this is for the all books I’ve read in 2019 so not all where released this year.
Number of books read: 131
Number of rereads: 4
This year I took part in three reading challenges:
- Goodreads Challenges
- Around the Year in 52 Books
- A to Z Reading Challenge
I am beyond thrilled with how many books I’ve been able to complete. Every year I have hoped to read 100 books and this was the first year I was able to achieve it. I owe this to dive into the romance genre. I couldn’t get enough of these books and I couldn’t put them down.
Around The Year in 52 Books
I really do love this challenge. Even though I have never completed it I will do it again in 2020. I’ve figured out that I’m not so great when it comes to assigned reading, even if they’re books I actually want to read. So I’m pretty happy with this.
A to Z Reading Challenge
Man I under estimated how hard it would be to find a book starting with J or X 😂😂😂. Overall I’m pretty happy with this. I think I will try and see if I can complete this challenge next year.
I had a really good reading year this year. with most of my reading being 4 to 5 stars — I gave 48 4 starts, 25 received 4.5 stars and 22 5 star reads. My lowest rating was 1.5 stars which went to Vicious by L.J. Shen. Nothing against her writing, I just do not like Bully romances. I don’t understand them and I do think it’s sexy.
My average rating for the year was 3.9 stars
These are all my 5 star reads for the year!
I have found with my read that I do tend to stick to books that have been published in the 5 years or so. The spike in 2011-2015 is from my recent discovery of some amazing New Adult indie romances series which all seemed to have started in 2015. I didn’t read any classics this year so the oldest book I read was Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning.
I read 37 2019 releases (9 of which were ARCs), 54 2018 releases, 26 of the books were released between 2016 and 2017, 42 were released between 2011 to 2015 (17 of which were 2015 releases), 8 book released between 2006 to 2010 and 1 book released in the 90s
For 2020 I’d like to see a wider rang of years published. Hopefully I can get to some classics and also some popular books form the 70s to 90s that are staples of their genres and that everybody has read.
I’ve talked about it a lot and I’m sure you have noticed the change so it’s no surprise that romance was my most read genre this year followed by fantasy and historical fiction.
To breakdown the numbers; 57 were romance, 46 fantasy, 11 historical fiction, 2 literary fiction and graphic novel, nonfiction, poetry and short story collections all had 1.
I am a little sad that I got through so little historical fiction but I hoping to prioritise the genre this year. Also I found it difficult categorising the paranormal book I read because they easily fit into both romance and fantasy, so this year paranormal will be it’s own category. We’ll see how this changes things.
The stats for target audience really do go hand in hand with the genres I’ve read. Since I’ve been reading mostly romance it’s no surprise that most of the books I’ve been reading are for an adult audience.
102 of the books were intended for an Adult audience, 21 were YA and 8 where Middle Grade.
I adore middle grade books and have a few new series on my shelf so hopefully I can get these and increase the amount of middle grade I read in 2020.
Now this surprise me. I’ve always through of myself as predominately reading physical copies because I love the whole experience and for me reading is away to switch off from technology. So it blew my mind when most of the books I read this year were actually eBook. Again I think with discovery into the romance genre is reason. While I have has Kindle Unlimited for a few years, this was the first year I really started using it.
I read 82 digital books (72 eBooks and 10 ARCs), 37 paperbacks and 12 hardbacks.
I read 42,897 pages across 131 books. These number honestly blow my mind. 2019 has been my most productive reading year and I cannot believe I have read over 100 books!
January was my biggest reading month. I finished 16 books and a total of 5,585 pages. I clearly started my reading year off which a bang! On the other hand, November was my worst read month. I read 1,681 pages across 6 books.
On average I read 11 books per month
The shortest book I read was Becoming the Dark Prince by Kerri Maniscalco at 64 pages and Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas was the longest book I read at 980 pages.
324 pages was the average length for the books I read.
I am so glad that this year the number of sequels I read are higher than the number of first books because maybe, just maybe I am getting my shit together and am not in the middle of 100,000,000 series 😂😂😂.
56 of books I read were sequels, 47 were the first book in a series and 28 were standalones.
That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know what your favourite read of 2019 was
Until next time, happy reading and wishing you all a happy New Year!