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2019 Stats, Challenges, and Goals Wrap Up

I posted the End of Year Survey a few days ago, but it doesn’t quite cover everything I want to wrap up from 2019.

Stats

First up, some visuals! I love charts, but I hate making spreadsheets. I’m (just barely) capable of super basic ones, so this is not something I created. I found it on Book Riot’s website either early last year or late 2018, and then husband helped me make a few changes I hadn’t been able to figure out on my own. It looks like they’ve brought it back and made some updates for 2020, so I’m super excited to check that out later because I love the charts and I (mostly) enjoyed using it last year. (That said, it did have a few issues I never bothered trying to fix, like showing my average reading time as almost 3,000 hours per day haha.)

In 2019, I DNF’d 2% of books I started (that worked out to 3 books, but I think I actually missed adding one), which isn’t bad. I think all of those were actually from the first 3ish months of the year.

4% of books I read were nonfiction (5 books), which surprised me.

I read 101 things by women, which worked out to 73% of everything I read. (That probably includes duos like Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, for example.) I read 1 book (0.7%) by an author I know identifies as non-binary, but there might have been more I wasn’t aware of.

46% of my books were print (62 books), 32% were e-books (43 books), and 22% were audiobooks (30 books).

For the target age ranges, I read 58% (78 books) for adults, 37% (50 books) that were YA, and 5% (7 books) that were middle grade.

54% (73 books) were things I already owned, and 34% (46 books) were from the library. I read 8 (6%) ARCs, 7 (5%) books I purchased in 2019, and I borrowed 1 (0.7%) book.

Only 12% (16 books, I’m not sure why the chart image is showing 13.2%) were 2019 releases, and the other 88% were backlist titles. (That’s great because I was participating in Beat the Backlist πŸ™‚ )

My most read genre was fantasy, accounting for 43% (58 titles) of what I read last year. My second highest genre was horror at 13% (18 books), with romance coming in at third place with 17 books (13%). My least read genre was historical fiction, accounting for about 2%.

The most popular rating I gave books was an even 4 stars. I gave 43 books 4 stars, which works out to about 32%. Not bad, not bad, but 8 of those were re-reads. I gave 22 books 5 stars, which shocked me, but what was more surprising was that only 3 of those were re-reads. I didn’t have any even 1 star reads, but I did have a 1.5 star (Caraval, which I reviewed here). I forgot to change the rating on it (I originally have given it 2 stars because I was afraid to call it a 1-1.5 since it’s so popular), so it’s not reflected in the charts, but that was the only book I had that I rated under 2 stars.

70% of everything I read were novels (95 books). I do count short stories, even on goodreads, because I track my pages read. I had 16 short stories in 2019, which is about 12%.

About 15% of books (20-21 books) I read were by authors of color and/or had POC characters.

I’m really not sure how accurate the LGBTQ+ stats are (and I feel super creepy googling authors to find out if they’re out of the closet), but I know at least 13 books were by queer authors (about 9%) and 14 had at least one queer main character (about 10%).

So, my chart shows that about 13% of things I read were in translation, but the majority of those were fairy tales. In reality, I think I only read 2-3 books that were translated.

The #OwnVoices stats are low, but I wasn’t particularly vigilant about this one. I’m still hazy on the details of what does and does not count, but I was confident enough to mark 5 books as #OwnVoices (about 4%). I’m hoping that number is higher for 2020 because I do have several books on my shelves I know count. (I also read a few books that dealt with mental illness, but I don’t think I tried to find out if those were #OwnVoices.)

Finally, we have page and books per month stats.

My most popular page range for books was 300-400 pages (38 books), but I also read a fair number of 400-500 page books (26).

My best reading month was April with 22 books (thank you, Magical Readathon haha). My worst months were July and November, with only 2 books each of those months, and December was a close third with only 4 books read.


Year-Long Reading Challenges

Okay, this is super long already, so I’m not going to do a breakdown of exactly what I read because I read over 130 things last year (16 of which were short stories, though), but I’ll give some quick stats.

Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

I completed 34 out of 50 prompts. 3 of those were from the “Advanced” section.

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

I completed 17 out of 24 challenges.

Reading Women Challenge

I completed 13 out of 26 prompts (I did count 1 book for 2 prompts once though).

Beat the Backlist

As I mentioned earlier in the stats section, 88% of what I read in 2019 were backlist books. That’s over 100 books, but I’ve closed the tab and don’t have the exact number written down πŸ˜›


Goals

I won’t recount my first half of the year goals because I did post an update about those before I created my second half of the year goals. So, for the second half of the year, I wanted to:

  • Read five or more books that have been on my shelf/Kindle for a year or longer βœ…
  • Get through at least most of my ARCs/giveaway books ❎
  • Complete at least 60% of the prompts for the challenges I’m participating in βœ…
  • Read three classics (or more) ❎
  • Read at least two non-fiction books βœ…

That’s 60% accomplished, so I’ll call it a win, but just barely haha.

For the challenges, my goal was to complete 60% of the 100 total prompts from those 3 reading challenges combined, and I completed 64%.


And… I think that’s everything I want to touch on for 2019.

I thought about doing a top 5 or top 10 best and worst list, but I’m not sure. If that’s something you’d be interested in seeing, let me know because I haven’t trashed the idea completely yet.


Do you track any reading stats?

If you set goals for yourself in 2019, did you meet any/all of them?

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2019 in Review

I always wait to do wrap ups because I never know if I’ll read more, if I’ll find a new favorite, etc. I think this will make the second or third time I’ve done Jamie’s (The Perpetual Page-Turner) End of Year Survey, because I really enjoy it. This is kind of long, so I’ll try to keep all my answers brief!


2019 Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read: 133
Number of Re-Reads: 16
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (43%)
Pages Read: 42,825 (my addition to the stats, because I always set a page goal of 30k. This was the first year I hit it, yay!)

Best in Books

1. Best Book You Read In 2019?

Adult Fantasy

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

YA Fantasy

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Sci-Fi

Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2)

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Horror

Sawkill Girls

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (review)

Romance

Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Non-Fiction

Becoming

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Comics/Manga/Graphic Novels

Saga, Vol. 2

Saga vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Novellas/Short Novels

Silver in the Wood

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh (review)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Magic for Liars

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (review)

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1)

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare (the book that started my romance craze)

 4. Book You β€œPushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I don’t think I had one in 2019 :/

Β 5. Best series you started in 2019? Best Sequel of 2019? Best Series Ender of 2019?

Probably the Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel for all three because I think I rated the whole trilogy higher than everything else I read. (I gave the first two books 4-4.5 stars and the third book 4 stars.)

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?

So many! I genuinely can’t narrow it down below about ten, so I’m not going to:

  • Alyssa Cole
  • Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • Tessa Dare
  • Sylvain Neuvel
  • Martha Wells
  • Claire Legrand
  • Casey McQuiston
  • Emily Tesh
  • R.F. Kuang

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends #1)

Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon (contemporary romance, neither of which are books I typically reached for before this year)

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I think I could have read the entire Themis Files series in a day and a half if I hadn’t had to wait for holds to come through from the library.

 9. Book You Read In 2019 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Silver in the Wood

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh. It’s short, and I loved the writing and story.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)

Either The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi or Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh.

11. Most memorable character of 2019?

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

Temeraire from His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik! ❀

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2019?

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

I’m really not sure, but maybe The Wrath & the Dawn by RenΓ©e Ahdieh (and the sequel, The Rose & the Dagger)

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?

A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2)

Probably A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole. Without babbling too much, this book really made me think about my life and all the times I was called lazy because I could not do something, or praised for hyper focusing on something (to the point of not sleeping for 48 hours at a time regularly). When I was growing up, doctors told parents that girls couldn’t really have ADHD, and I never knew any girls who were diagnosed, or anyone with a non-hyperactive diagnosis. As an adult, I’ve come across dozens of women who were diagnosed in their 20s+ because they didn’t present in the “typical” way, so now I’m thinking about talking to a doctor about it. If I do have ADHD, it would explain so, so, so many things.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2019 to finally read? 

Rebecca

Hm… I guess Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. It was on my Kindle for a long time, and my mental TBR for like 15 years.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2019?

I didn’t really keep track of favorite quotes last year :/

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2019?

Shortest:

The Star Money by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Yes, I count short stories on Goodreads because it’s the only way I can keep track of which ones I’ve read, and because I focus more on pages I read than number of books.) That one was 3 pages.

Longest:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

The Silent Patient

Uh… Maybe The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends #1)

I’m not much of a shipper, but Rafe and Sloan from Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon, maybe.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

Definitely Temeraire and Laurence

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2019 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

21. Best Book You Read In 2019 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

I…don’t think I ever read something just based on a recommendation :/ I might hear about it that way, but I don’t just pick it up and start reading until I read about it and decide if it’s something I actually think I might like.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2019?

Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends #1)
A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)

Rafe from Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon and Likotsi from Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series ❀

23. Best 2019 debut you read?

Silver in the Wood
Red, White & Royal Blue

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh and Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (I can’t choose)

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Maybe The Wrath & the Dawn by RenΓ©e Ahdieh. I can still “see” so much of this world in my head.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Possibly Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson haha. It was so much fun (but did still touch on heavier topics a bit) and I highly recommend it.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2019?

Becoming

Definitely Becoming by Michelle Obama omg. I sobbed through like half of this book and immediately wanted to read it again.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Things She's Seen

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina omg! This book only has about 1,400 ratings on Goodreads and it was fantastic! I highly, highly recommend this one ❀ (I think it was published elsewhere with the title Catching Teller Crow)

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Holy crap, I don’t think I read one last year :O Who even am I? I need to make up for this by reading at least two that crush my soul this year, I guess πŸ˜›

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2019?

Sawkill Girls

Maybe Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand. It was certainly unique in some ways, at least for me.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Magic for Liars
Caraval (Caraval, #1)

I would have to say either Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey, which I expected to love and ended up almost hating (review), or Caraval by Stephanie Garber, which I expected to be “meh” about and then proceeded to write my longest blog post ever (I think) talking about all the ways I hated it πŸ˜‘


Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2019?

It’s really hard to say because I’ve found a lot of great content creators this year, but I think most recently I would have to say Becca from Becca and the Books on YouTube. I was aware of her, sort of, for about a year, but I finally started watching her channel two months or so ago and I adore her.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2019?

Negative: my review of Caraval because I invested so much time and thought into writing it.

Positive: maybe the 30 Years of Favorite Books post from around my birthday?

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019:?

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

The Magical Readathons! (Check out the new site for more info)

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2019?

Uuuuhhhh… Maybe subscribing to OwlCrate? I had ordered individual boxes a few times, but back in September or October I actually subscribed, and then I took advantage of the Black Friday sale and bought the six month subscription.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Finding time and motivation for both, yikes.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My 2019 Reading Resolutions post had the most views.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I’m not sure because I don’t really keep track of how my posts do with views and stuff. Maybe the Tarot and Books post haha. I was really excited about that idea, and I probably will do it in the future, but I was hoping for it to get a tiny bit more love πŸ˜›

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I don’t think I had any last year.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes. I’ll probably be doing a separate post wrapping up all that, though, because it’s a lot to go through.


Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2019 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2020?

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2020 (non-debut)?

Hm, maybe The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (the sequel to The Gilded Wolves)? I really haven’t looked too deep into 2020 releases becasue 2019 had so many that overwhelmed me haha. I am really looking forward to it, though, as well as V.E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue, which I think will be coming out this year.

3. 2020 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, #1)

Like I said, I haven’t really looked at what’s coming out this year, but A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown sounds right up my street.

Β 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2020?

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2020?

Find some balance.

6. A 2020 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t read one yet, but I do have one 2020 ARC that I’ll probably be reading this month or early next month.


The end!

Let me know how your 2019 reading life went, and if you posted a wrap up, leave a link πŸ™‚

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Readathon Wrap Up

I faaaaaailed. I knew weeks ago that I probably shouldn’t even bother trying this round of Dewey’s, because I knew I wouldn’t have much time to read, but yikes.

Okay, so I did get a little reading in. I finished Purls and Poison by Anne Canadeo, which I’d started a day or two before. I think I read about 75 pages of it.

Then, after the hectic day and evening were finished, I managed to squeeze in about 40 pages of The Haunting of Hill House. I’m re-reading this one, and I probably could have gotten through a little more of it, but I was exhausted and my mind kept wandering so I had to re-read passages a few times :/

But, I did read at least a little, so that’s something.


And that concludes the shortest wrap up ever πŸ˜› I probably wouldn’t even post this because it’s so underwhelming, but I just realized I didn’t have anything else to go up today, oops. (I seem to really have an issue with getting posts out on Sundays and Mondays.)


Did you participate in the readathon? How’d you do?

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I (Kinda) Failed at Spookathon: A Wrap Up

I’m not really irritated by my failure, just a little disappointed. I ended up having to choose between reading Red, White, and Royal Blue before my loan ended, or a spooky book, and I chose RW&RB because I wouldn’t be able to get it again from the library for at least 5 months :/ (Spoiler alert for any review I write of it, but I’m wishing I’d just bought a copy of my own–and I still might so I can re-read it at some point– because I did really like it.)

Anyway.

Undead Girl Gang

I did at least manage to read one spooky book from my TBR, huzzah! I picked Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson for “Read a book with a spooky word in the title,” and I actually did read it. I’ll probably have a review of this coming soon after I think about it some more.

Oh hey! This one is currently $2.99 for the Kindle edition in the US!

This House is Haunted

And I read something, not on my original TBR, that still counts for one of the prompts: This House is Haunted by John Boyne, which works for “Read a book with a spooky setting.”

The Things She's Seen

I don’t know if it counts for this readathon since it isn’t a thriller (it is a kinda spooky paranormal mystery, though) and doesn’t fit for any of the other prompts, but I also read The Things She’s Seen (originally titled Catching Teller Crow) by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina. I miiiiight also review this one if I feel up to it, but I’m just going to go ahead and say now that I freaking loved it and highly recommend it.


I have no regrets, even if I did basically fail at this readathon haha. It was still fun, but my holds from the library didn’t really work out the way I expected. Oh well. There’s at least one more readathon I’m participating in this month, plus the two I’m already involved in, so I guess I’ll be using what’s left of my spooky TBR for those, so it all works out okay.

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Weekly Wrap Up: October 1st-7th

It’s still R.I.P. season, and it’s Blogtober, and I’m still trying to make these weekly wrap ups happen even though I know I’m not going to be consistent :/ (Also, this post was supposed to go up yesterday for Blogtober, but I ended up being really ill, so I finished it today.)

I haven’t read anything for R.I.P. XIV or Something Wicked Fall so far, because the book I started at the end of September (The Supernatural Enhancements) is not working for me. Neither is The Girl With All the Gifts, but I think I’m just not in the right mood for either of them, so I’m going to backburner them and pick them back up some other time, and move on to something I am excited to read right now.

What I did read was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I can’t give you my thoughts on it yet because I’m still processing it. I do think I really liked it, but I’m not sure of my rating and all that just yet.


It’s October, which means it’s Halloween Month, which means it’s time for my annual 31 Days of Horror movie marathon πŸ’€πŸ”ͺπŸŽƒ

I’m a huge horror movie lover, and I take my marathon slightly seriously. What I mean by that is that sometimes, I don’t actually manage to start a movie before midnight, but as long as I come out of the month having watched at least 31 movies that are Halloween Month appropriate, I consider it a success.

(I’m using the πŸŽƒ emoji to rate stuff, like stars. No πŸŽƒ means I didn’t think it was good enough to earn any jack-o-lantern emojis πŸ˜› )

I watched:

American Horror Story: Apocalypse– I’m not linking a trailer for this one, partially because it has crossover with three other seasons, but also because I feel like AHS isn’t something you watch a trailer for :/ Is that just me? Yes? Ok, I’m fine being the weird one. Anyway… I’m pleased to report that Cult didn’t ruin AHS for me, and I actually ended up really liking Apocalypse. It’s not going to be my favorite, but it’s kind of in the middle with the ones I really liked, but didn’t love or hate. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

Darkness Rising– This one is on Netflix, and I highly suggest skipping it, oh my gods. The acting was terrible (or maybe that was the script, idk), the plot was a mess, and it was honestly just pretty damn stupid. It had some great gory bits, though, if that’s your jam with horror.

Clinical– Also on Netflix, this psychological thriller impressed me more than I thought it would. I did figure it all out pretty early, but I was never absolutely certain. This one is definitely worth a watch if you like thrillers. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

The Monster– Ugh. I don’t know what to say about this one. It’s on Netlix, and it’s basically a slow moving drama about a terrible mother/daughter relationship, and there happens to have a monster eventually. It wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but I kept waiting for something to happen, and not much did until near the end. I feel like it was trying to be profound or something, and just failed. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ .5 /5

Mercy Black– Is one I’ve been wanting to watch for a while, and I was slightly disappointed, but I enjoyed it overall. I’m not going to try to categorize it, because that might be spoiler-y (maybe), but it wasn’t horrible. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

The Witch Files– I actually ended up really liking this one. If you like The Blair Witch Project, The Craft, and Mean Girls, or Gossip Girl, maybe check this out. I kinda saw the big reveal coming from really early on, but it was still entertaining. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ .5?…maybe 4/5

Gerald’s Game– Ugh. Ugh, ugh, ugh. I need to just stop with anything that came from Stephen King. I know, I know, as a horror lover, I should be worshiping at the King altar. But I just don’t love his stuff, ya’ll :/ I hate that, but it’s true. In all fairness, I haven’t read the book, but I haven’t read the book because so far I haven’t liked any of King’s fiction, so I’m not excited about reading it. All that said, this wasn’t…terrible. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with Mike Flanagan’s work, so maybe it’s that, idk. I just did not really enjoy this one, and I barely managed to pay attention through the whole thing. I did really like the ending, though, which saved it from a single jack-o-lantern rating. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ /5

Lights Out– Oh man, I saved the best for last, it would seem. I’m actually trying to write a real review for this one, because it might be one of my new favorites. Kid and I watched this one yesterday, and I really loved a lot about it, but I have conflicting thoughts about some other parts. If you saw the short film that kinda went viral back in 2013, and you thought it was creepy and good, check out the feature film because it’s not disappointing, imo. πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ πŸŽƒ (.5?)/5


All in all, not a terrible first week. I wish I’d read more, but it’s fine. Hopefully this second week will be better for reading, and horror movies.