2019 Year in Review –> 2020 Goals

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By the Numbers:

I read 167 total books this year! I’m not even sure how that’s possible, but it’s true! Last year I read 154 books, and I intentionally made it a goal to read less this year. Clearly, that didn’t work out for me. ūüôĄ¬†In 2020, my goal is going to be 100 books.

According to Goodreads, I read 56,432 pages and I averaged a 4.0 star rating. (My personal average was 3.9, but Goodreads doesn’t recognize ¬Ĺ stars so I’m sure that’s where the discrepancy comes in.)


Out of 167 books read, 130 (78%) were written by women, 35 (21%) were written by men, and 2 (1%) were written by authors who self-identify as gender nonconfoming. In 2020, I want to add a whole lot more diversity to the authors I read. I want more men, gender nonconforming authors, and more diverse authors.


As for genres, I like the diveristy in my reading. Here’s the official breakdown: 37% fiction, 12% nonfiction, 11% historical fiction, 16% memoir, 10% thriller/mystery, 10% YA/middle grade, 3% fantasy/scifi, and 1% humor. I want to continue to read widely, but I especially want to focus on reading more¬†#ownvoices in 2020.

Success Rate:

If you follow Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves), you know she’s all about the data. And while I’m not quite as good with numbers as she is, I have been inspired to try tracking my reading a little differently. This year, I had a 74% successful rate for books I finished (like Sarah, I count any book I rated 3.5 stars or higher as successful). When I add in the books I DNF’d that number fell to 57% ūüėĒ. Next year, I want to get better at reading books I know are in my wheelhouse. Sure, sometimes it’s fun to be surprised by a book you wouldn’t normally pick up, but I want more quality in 2020!

Book Length:

My average book length is 337 pages and I would really like to see that number higher in 2020. Part of the reason I am making it a goal again this year to read less is because I want to be able to read some longer books and not have to worry about the pressure to meet a number goal at the end of the year (quality vs quantitiy, see above). I also learned this year that, even though big books can feel daunting, they usally end up among my favorites. I have a few books on my shelves that are 400+ pages and I don’t want a reason to skip over them!

Popularity Contest:

The most popular book I read was¬†The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern which makes sense because it was published in 2011. This was a reread for me and I enjoyed it so much more the second time around! The least popular book I read was Wild Words: Rituals, Routines, and Rythms for Braving the Writer’s Path by Nicole Gulotta. If you’re interested in the writing life at all, I would definitely recommend it!


This year I played around with bullet journaling. Two of my favorite bookstagrammers that bujo are: Allyson (@bookstaandbujo) and Jorie (@jojobuckreads). They take bujo-ing to the next level and I love seeing what they come up with.

Jorie totally inspired me (and everyone else it seems!) with this Book of the Year spread!


Favorite Books:

And while Know My Name by Chanel Miller is definitely the Most Important Read of the Year, my Favorite Books of the Year were actually City of Girls by: Elizabeth Gilbert (Fiction) and The Only Plane in the Sky by: Garrett M. Graff (Nonfiction).

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By the Month:

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Honorable Mentions by Month:


  • Waiting for Eden by: Eliot Ackerman
  • The Paragon Hotel by: Lyndsay Faye
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by: John Carreyrou
  • Golden Child by: Claire Adam
  • Sugar Run by: Mesha Maren


  • The Silent Patient by: Alex Michaelides
  • Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Daughters by: T. Kira Madden
  • The Huntress by: Kate Quinn


  • A Woman is No Man by: Etaf Rum
  • A People’s History of Heaven by: Mathangi Subramanian
  • Next Year in Havana by: Chanel Cleeton
  • The Island of Sea Women by: Lisa See
  • Queenie by: Candace Carty-Williams
  • The Other Americans by: Laila Lalami


  • I Miss You When I Blink¬†by: Mary Laura Philpott
  • Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations¬†by: Mira Jacob
  • Finding Dorothy¬†by: Elizabeth Letts
  • Miracle Creek by: Angie Kim
  • #IMomSoHard by: Kristen Hensley & Jen Smedley
  • Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower¬†by: Brittney Cooper
  • Life Will Be the Death of Me…And You Too!¬†by: Chelsea Handler
  • The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World¬†by: Melinda Gates


  • Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living¬†by: Shauna Niequist
  • Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story¬†by: Jacob Tobia
  • Ask Again, Yes¬†by: Mary Beth Keane
  • With the Fire on High¬†by: Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Farm by: Joanne Ramos
  • The Mother-in-Law¬†by: Sally Hepworth
  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters¬†by: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Mrs. Everything by: Jennifer Weiner
  • Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer by: John Glynn


  • The Flatshare¬†by: Beth O’Leary
  • Fall & Rise: The Story of 9/11 by: Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Summer of ’69 by: Elin Hilderbrand


  • The Editor by: Steven Rowley
  • The Gifted School by: Bruce Holsinger
  • American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century¬†by: Maureen Callahan
  • Americanah¬†by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Daisy Jones and The Six by: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Chain¬†by: Adrian McKinty
  • Waiting for Tom Hanks¬†by: Kerry Winfrey
  • The Lager Queen of Minnesota by: J. Ryan Stradal


  • Dear America: Notes from an Undocumented Citizen¬†by: Jose Antonio Vargas
  • More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)¬†by: Elaine Welteroth
  • Dry¬†by: Augusten Burroughs
  • Patsy¬†by: Nicole Dennis-Benn


  • After the Flood¬†by: Kassandra Montag
  • The World That We Knew by: Alice Hoffman
  • The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of September 11, 2001 by: Garrett M. Graff
  • Red, White, & Royal Blue by: Casey McQuiston
  • The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt


  • The Dutch House by: Ann Patchett
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by: Linda Holmes
  • The Turn of the Key by: Ruth Ware
  • A Monster Calls by: Patrick Ness
  • The Dearly Beloved by: Cara Wall
  • The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern


  • Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by: Dani Shapiro
  • In the Dream House by: Carmen Maria Machado
  • How We Fight For Our Lives by: Saeed Jones
  • The Body: A Guide for Occupants¬†by: Bill Bryson


  • The Song of Achilles by: Madeline Miller
  • Recursion by: Blake Crouch

Whew! That was A LOT! I’m curious: have you done a 2019 reading wrap up and/or set your goals for 2020? I’d love to hear them!


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