For the past few years I’ve done the goodreads 50 book challenge. This year I baaaarely got there … by cheating! Yes, two of my 50 books were books I DNF (did not finish) and still counted LOL so I actually read 48 books this year.
This year was a weird year for reading for me. I fell down what I will call the “book club rabbit hole”. I thought I would like discussing books with people so I joined….3 book clubs. One with my mom’s friends. One was “book of the month club”. And the third was “Life’s Library.” What I found was I was reading a lot more 3 star books: I liked them fine but I wasn’t loving them.
My 2020 reading goal is to follow my heart and gut and be an independent reader. Read what I want when I want, and put more books down when I’m not enjoying them. Also, my 50 book goal has been tight for the last few years so I’m moving it down to 45 so I have a little more wiggle room and don’t stress out and read 10 graphic novels in December to make up for the slack.
And now what I like to call, “I read a ton of books so that you don’t have to”, here are the 8 reads that I gave a perfect 5/5 rating to in 2019!
- A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers
- The Dreamers – Karen Thompson Walker
- The Astonishing Color of After – Emily X.R. Pan
- Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
- Severance – Ling Ma
- The Prey of Gods – Nicky Drayden
- Washington Black – Esi Edugyan
- Exhalation – Ted Chiang
Honorable Mentions: These are books that I didn’t love perfectly and gave 4/5 stars but were super memorable and I am very grateful to have read.
- The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
- On the Come Up – Angie Thomas
- Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
- Lost Stars – Claudia Gray
- How Long Til Black Future Month – N.K. Jemisin
- To All the Boys I Loved Before – Jenny Han
- The Prince and the Dressmaker – Jen Wang
- Dreadnought – April Daniels
And a few book statistics:
This year I read a total of 48 books and a total of 14,840 pages.
That’s an average of 40.65 pages a day and .92 books a week.
My average book length was 309 pages – THIS IS GREAT BECAUSE I’VE HAD THE GOAL TO MAKE THIS NUMBER BIGGER THAN 300 FOR YEARS. WOOHOO!
Most books I rated 4 stars, followed by 3, followed by 5. I want to have more 5 star than 3 star books next year.
I read mostly books that were written in the past 10 years with a few outliers that were still post 1990. I like reading new books because I get excited about them so that is fine with me to continue this year.
I read mostly Paperback and Hardback with a few other formats. I still have a bad relationship with audiobooks and probably will not listen to very many if any at all this year.
I read mostly fiction, graphic novel, science fiction, and young adult. I only read one horror book and I adore that genre so I may be looking for some good horror reads this year.
I tried to read 50% authors of color this year, which once again I effed up right at the end of the year in my hurry to finish the challenge. At least half or more of the books that end up being my favorites are written by POC so there’s no reason for me to read so many white authors besides that it’s easy (bad excuse). I am going to keep trying to read lots of books that are not by white people!!
60% of the books I read were by Americans and the other 40% was a smattering. This statistic is also fine with me as long as they are not all white people I’m okay if most of my books are by American authors.
This one makes me laugh. BYE BYE MEN LOL Except I would like to read a few more books by men of color in 2020. And I would like to read some books by nonbinary folks in the next year too. Other than that I’ve been loving how many amazing female authors I’ve been reading.
IN conclusion, it was a good year of reading but I am absolutely confident that 2020 will be better!