Happy New Year & welcome to 2020, friends! I am so excited to kick 2019 – and by extension it’s terrible decade – to the curb and focus on the bright and shiny new year. Before we jump feet first into the Roaring 20s (hopefully without the economic crash), I wanted to look at my year in reading.
2019 Books in Review
My tradition is to set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at one book per week, which I completed at the end of July with The Merciful Crow.
Unlike last year, I decided to not up my goal because I was already stressing out so much about reading. I spent a lot of time in 2019 slumping and feeling guilty about not reading, so I didn’t want to add to that pressure.
Surprisingly, my average rating for books in 2019 was 4.1! 😲 Which goes to show that I am getting a lot better at picking books that are more likely to be suited to my taste and setting them aside for when my mood is cooperative. Check out the rest of my Year in Books on Goodreads!
We all know I like charts and data, so let’s dig a little deeper into the numbers to see how it breaks down. 📊 Like these charts? You can get these & more from my 2020 Book Blogger / Reader Spreadsheet Template!
Overall I am pretty pleased with the breakdown of ARCs and Backlist/New books this year! The bummer is that I bought a lot of 2019 books and haven’t read them yet. So oops? For 2020, I’m going to be tracking owned as a source and it is my hope that it makes up a big chunk of my reading!
It comes as no surprise that I read mostly Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2019. I love escaping into new worlds, but I found myself struggling with some burnout at the tail-end of the year. I picked up a handful of Contemporaries – which I never read, why? – and had a delightful time and it served for a palate cleanse. In 2020, I hope to branch out more consistently and be varied to avoid slumps and genre burnout.
Even though my reading wasn’t as much as I would have liked, I am pleased at how consistent I was in 2019! My averages are roughly the same from month to month and I still read a lot of books… and enjoyed most of them! That’s amazing! In 2020, I want to rebuild my daily habit of reading at least 15 minutes. The Bookly app reminder helps me a ton with this, and 15 minutes is nothing of a commitment if I am for sure not in the mood.
That was my statistical look at my reading in 2019! I hope you found these graphs as interesting as I do (and if you want them yourself, you can get them for free!). My favorite reads of 2019 will come probably next week, so stay tuned for that!
How was your 2019 in reading? Did you meet your goals? Do you have any goals for 2020 that you want to share? 💬 Let’s chat in the comments!
Let’s go on another adventure together!