Hello beautiful people!
This is part 2 of my ‘End of Year Wrap Up’ for 2019 and while Wednesday’s post was all about blogging, today’s post is all about books.
I’m sticking with the tried and tested ‘what I did before’ approach because I am working off of one brain cell at the moment in my post Christmas and New Year haze.
All errors, grammatical and ethical, are mine.
Thank you Goodreads for providing me with ease of use statistics. I am forever in your debt.
Thoughts: If we’re talking about sticking with a tried and tested approach then let’s carry forward the approach of ‘not meeting your target.’
My goal of books to read for 2019 was 52 because one book a week seemed like a realistic goal plus was a number I could easily remember. Because for some reason I would struggle with any other number?! I am frowning at myself here.
As you can see, I didn’t quite make it and fell 16 books short of my goal.
Last year I did a bit better and read 45 books so I’m actually down from 2018 as well but you know what? I really don’t mind. I just like looking at numbers.
*cough* Nerd *cough
Thoughts: Well I know that I am a decidedly critical reader or maybe I am a decidedly indecisive reader or maybe I am just decidedly indecisive. I don’t know. I haven’t decided yet.
An average rating of 3.1 doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. If I am surprised than it would be pleasantly so as 2018’s average rating was 2.9 which means I’ve either rated books higher this year because I’ve enjoyed more of what I’ve read or I’ve grown less picky.
Let’s break it down a wee bit further.
In terms of how I read in comparison to 2018:
- I didn’t have any DNF’s vs. 2018’s two
- I read more Adult Books (75% vs. 64%)
- I diversified the type of books and read graphic novels and web comics
- I read less Fantasy (22% vs. 49%) and Horror (6% vs. 11%) but more of everything else
- There was a significant increase of Historical Fiction reading going on (17% vs. 4%)
The Binding, Lore Olympus and Circe all got 5 stars from me.
I have only done a review for The Binding on account of it being an ARC and on account of me being rubbish with reviews currently. It can be found here for the interested. It wasn’t universally loved but I found it extremely enthralling.
Lore Olympus is still very much a work in progress but I must highly recommend it if you’re into Hades and Persephone retelling’s. It can be found on Webtoons and will become an animated series at some point in the future!
Unfortunately I just couldn’t really enjoy Tangled Like Us, The Beast’s Heart or Ever Alice and while I managed to finish them they sadly all received a 1 star rating.
The Beast’s Heart and Ever Alice were ARC’s and while Ever Alice’s review from myself is still pending you can read the one for The Beast’s Heart here.
I can’t remember why I only gave Once Upon a River 4 stars and not 5 as it is a thoroughly charming book with a story that is very much a fairy tale in nature.
I think ultimately it was because the story jumped around a lot of characters heads and I found myself wanting to live in some more than others but if that’s the biggest negative I can think of I hardly feel it’s a negative.
This was an ARC which I reviewed here but I truly enjoyed it so much I purchased a paperback copy too.
This is my brief ol’ summary of reading statistics for this year. Overall I read less but enjoyed what I read more which I don’t think is an overall bad thing.
I would love to know your thoughts on any of the above books or if you found you had any reading ‘surprises’ for the year. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Historical Fiction which may account for the spike in that particular stat!
See you soon for the final part of the End of Year Wrap Up for 2019!