I initially didn’t want to make a wrap-up post for 2019, simply because it was such a bad reading year for me. But I just watched readwithcindy’s wrap-up and I got motivated to do one myself. Just because it wasn’t the best year for books, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t look back and reflect.
In 2018, I set my Goodreads challenge to 24 books. I was new to the book community and overwhelmed by the number of books people read but I thought this was a realistic goal for me. I actually ended up reading 53 books. So, for 2019 I decided to set my challenge to 35 books. I wasn’t sure I could reach 50 again but I wanted to read more than 24. This time though, I managed only 32 books and read only half of the pages I did in 2018.
I am trying not to beat myself up for it. 2019 was a busy year for me. I graduated high school, had a few existential crises, I started college and had a few more existential crises. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that when you’re surrounded by people who read 100, 200, 300 or even 400 books a year, it’s easy to feel pressured to read more, to forget that reading is supposed to be fun and not an additional burden to our already fucked up lives. This is why for 2020 I set my Goodreads challenge to only one book. Sure, I’m probably going to read more than one book, but I just feel less pressure and anxiety over it this way.
But back to 2019.
The shortest book I read was Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal with 23 pages. I received the book by the author and gave it 3 stars (you can read my review here). The longest book I read was King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo with 527 pages (which is also my most disappointing read of 2019 – check out my review here).
The books I read had an average length of 234 pages. I suppose that number is so small because most of the books I read last year were graphic novels. 2019 was one big fat reading slump and what better way to fight that than reading comics?
The most popular book I read was 1984 by George Orwell which I finally managed to finish after about 2 years. Yeah, it was that boring. The least popular book was the graphic novel Through Lya’s Eyes by Carbone (read my review here).
My average rating for 2019 was 3.7 stars, 0.1 more than in 2018!
The highest rated book on Goodreads I read was Saga Vol. 2 and it totally deserves it! This graphic novel series is absolutely amazing, and I loved the second volume so much!
My two favourite books of the year were Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. You can read my review for Once Upon A River here.
My 3 most popular blog posts of the year were…
… Fan Art Friday | Vicious by V.E. Schwab where I gushed about all the awesome Vicious fan art…
… Cover Comparison | Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom where I compared foreign covers of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom (I’m a hoe for beautiful covers)…
… and my book review for King of Scars which was one of my most anticipated books of 2019 but turned out to be the most disappointing.
For the end of this post, I thought I’d come back to readwithcindy’s video. In her wrap-up, she mentions how much money she saved through reading library books, and that made me curious as to how much money I spend on books. I didn’t document all the books I bought (and now I kind of want to for 2020) but since I mostly buy online, it was easy to look everything up and find out that I spend about 450€ (∼500$) on books in 2019. That number is not as high as I feared it would be, but it’s still fuck-ton of money for me. Maybe for this year I should finally get a library card…
How was your reading year? Do you keep track of all the books you read? Tell me down below in the comments!