2019 in Review + Going Forward

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in review

I keep a couple (yes, a couple) spreadsheets of my books, so I can take a look at the books I’ve read at the end of the year. I use the spreadsheet from All About Books for my yearly review, but I do have a mastersheet of all the books I’ve read since the beginning of 2015, and someday I’ll go over that one. Probably. There’s like 500 books on there.

stats

  • I read 85 books in 2019, 15 books short of my original 100 book reading goal, with an average rating of 3.9, and 34,842 pages. This translates roughly to 96 pages per day or 2903 pages per month.
    • This is the first year in a long time I haven’t read over 100 books, but on the bright side, this is the highest average rating I’ve had since I started tracking these things.

Book Format

  • I read 43 (50.6%) eBooks, and 42 (49.4%) physical books, which marks the first year I’ve read more eBooks than physical books, despite me preferring physical books. This probably has to do with a combination of travelling + eARCS. I tried to read audiobooks, but alas, I have a very short attention span.

Ratings

  • I rated 24 books (28.2%) 5 stars, 29 books (34.1%) 4 stars, 24 books  (28.2%) 3 stars, 5 books (5.8%) 2 stars, and 3 (3.5%) books 1 star. I feel like I’ve been a lot more lenient this year when it comes to ratings for some reason–usually I have far more 2 and 3 star books.

Age Group

  • When it comes to age groups, I read 60 (70.6%) YA books, 20 (23.5%) adult books, 4 (4.7%) MG books, and 1 (1.2%) NA book. YA being the majority really doesn’t surprise me, but I read a lot more adult books this year than in previous years.

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  • When it comes to genre, I read the most fantasy books: 37 (43.5%), followed by contemporary at 26 (30.6%), science fiction at 8 (9.4%), historical fiction at 7 (8.2%), and literary fiction at 3 (3.5%). There are other genres like memoirs and graphic novels I only read one or two books of. Again, not a surprise: I tend to try to balance out fantasy and contemporary, with other genres as an afterthought.

book length

  • The longest book I read this year was It by Stephen King. The shortest was The Contest by Gordon Korman.

other cool stats

  • I considered 57 (67.1%) of the books I read to be diverse in some way. 41 (48.2%) had an LGBT main character. 49 (57.6) had a main character of colour. 9 (10.5%) had a neurodiverse or disabled main character. 27 (31.8%) were ownvoices as far as I know, though the percentage is probably higher.
  • I read more m/m than f/f books, with 25 (29.5%) m/m books compared to 21 (24.7%) f/f. I also read 7 (8.2%) books with a trans or non-binary main character.
  • A cool thing is I read books with an autistic major character this year? Which is more than any other year? This was a good year for autistic rep, folks.
  • I read 25 (29.4%) ARCs this year! Though looking at my Netgalley and Edelweiss accounts, it doesn’t feel like a lot.

thoughts

  • Despite reading less books than any previous year I’m actually fairly pleased with how my reading went. First of all, I started a book blog, which is wack, and allowed me to engage with reading & books in ways that I’d never done before.
  • Blogging also encouraged me to write better reviews for more books and think more about what I was reading, which has been a goal pretty much every year for me that has never come to fruition until now.
  • I can’t believe there are 300 of you guys here now??? Um, thank you so much for following me!!!

not books

  • A lot of the reason I didn’t read that much was because I travelled so much. I started the year off in Mexico, in Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. After my last semester of my fourth year of university, I went to Ireland for a group study program in May and visited Belfast, Derry, Cork, and Dublin, before meeting my mom and going to London and Edinburgh. I went back home, finished my papers, and a month later I was off to Quebec to learn French for five weeks, during which I decided to take an impromptu trip to Montreal with my new friends. I then went to Toronto afterwards to see the city where I spent my early childhood. Finally, I went to Las Vegas for Christmas.
  • I have had One Hell of a Year and I feel like I’ve grown so much. I hurled myself out of my comfort zone with abandon. I’ve figured out how to live and function on my own, in different cities, speaking different languages. I did so many things I never thought I could do, things I thought I was too weird and reclusive of a person to ever do: I went to a club, I stayed in a hostel, I lived in a dorm, I stayed with a childhood friend, I learned French and had an amazing time doing it, I started a book blog, I began solo travelling … honestly, the list just goes on and on.
  • It made me regret how scared I was the whole last decade and how I let my mental illnesses and anxiety get in the way of doing anything, but I am trying to look on the bright side and tell myself it’s better late than never. This year has had its ups and downs like any other year, but I haven’t felt this myself in over a decade. I feel like I’m finally realizing that I’m not the List of Diagnoses I was given by a psychiatrist at twelve and that I don’t have to be That Person anymore.

moving forward

Going forwards into the new year (and decade), I want to set some goals for myself. Speaking it into existence here.

reading/blog goals

  • I really want to read more authors of colour. I definitely didn’t read as many as I would have liked to, and it’s something I need to change in my reading life. I also want to read more Black and Latinx authors specifically.
  • I’m setting a soft goal of 100 books again, but I don’t want to feel guilty if I don’t reach it or if I fall behind. I want to let myself read however many books I want to read, and let myself change my reading goal. 
  • Will this be the year I finally start DNFing books if I don’t like them? I hate DNFing books and will only do it if I have to, say, return a book to the library. But I want to read more books I actually enjoy and start DNFing if I know it’s going to be a slow slog.
  • I want to post more discussion posts on the blog. I have so many discussion post ideas sitting in my drafts I should write but I fear that my thoughts aren’t anything that will contribute to the community, and I want to move past that fear and post what I think will be interesting.

life goals

  • I really want to advocate for myself and my mental health in the decade going forwards. I’ve seen what it’s like when my mental illnesses aren’t ruling every aspect of my life and I don’t ever want to go back. I am Getting Better this year and in the years to come.
  • I want to be more physically active. I have a genetic disorder that means my health isn’t great, but I’m tired of using that as a crutch and I want to make myself stronger by working out more. I want to take up climbing and hiking, so I’m going to work towards that goal.
  • I also need to figure out what I’m going to do after my undergrad. So. Um. Haha! I don’t want to think about it. But I have to.
  • Really, I just want the theme for my life to be: don’t hesitate to do what you want to do. I spent so much time this past decade worrying over things and I don’t want to do that anymore.

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how was your 2019?? what are your goals for 2020??

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4 thoughts on “2019 in Review + Going Forward

  1. I loved reading this post so much and it seems liked you had a very busy year and achieved a lot of things!! All the travelling sounds amazing and to leave your comfort zone is a really big thing. Trying to do new things can be really hard and it is a goal I want to set for myself because I don’t want to be ruled by fear. I want to explore. I’m so happy to hear that you have been feeling like yourself more than ever, it is wonderful to hear and I’m so happy for you.
    It sounds like you’ve had a good reading year too and it is great that you’ve read a lot of diverse books and that your rating has been higher than normal. I think my average rating was 3.9 too so *high five*!!
    I hope 2020 is a wonderful year for you and I wish you all the best!! I would absolutely love to see more discussions on your blog, I would love to hear what you would say!! 🙂

    1. Trying new things is definitely a really great goal for 2020! It doesn’t have to be anything huge, just small steps out of your comfort zone 🙂 Or you can just plunge in–whatever works for you. Doing new things is definitely the best decision I made last year and what made it so good.
      And I hope your year is amazing as well ❤

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