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. 🙄 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 ½ 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.
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% 😔. 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!
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!
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!
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).
By the Month:
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!