2019 is officially here and I am excited to start a new year with a fresh slate! But first, let’s take a look back at my year of reading! I finished my last book of the year last night at 11:39 pm bringing my total to 107 books! I was hoping to have read more books this year but I still met my Goodreads goal and read a few more books than I did last year.
Top 5 Books I Read In 2018
(click on image to go to the book’s Goodreads page)
As you can see, once again I’m pretty much locked into the fantasy genre with a splash of sci-fi thrown in there with Obsidio. I try to vary my reading choices over the years but the fantasy novels usually always end up being my favorites each year.
Now, here are some of my reading stats broken down into different categories beginning with some images from the great wrap-up that Goodreads provides every year.
Now I’m going to add in some more detailed stats. In addition to using Goodreads to keep track of my reading I also use several other tracking methods. What can I say… I love lists! One of my favorite ways is using this awesome spreadsheet system created by Carina @ All About Books. I found out about her spreadsheet a couple of years ago and have been using it each year since. Check it out here! This past year I didn’t realize that she had made a new format for 2018 so I had just made a new copy of the 2017 version. You can check out my finished spreadsheet here.
I read a total of 107 books this year. 99 of them were new-to-me books, 3 of them were rereads, and 5 were DNFs (did not finish).
Of the 107 books read, 1 was middle grade, 49 were young adult, 7 were new adult, and 50 were adult. The past few years I have read mostly young adult but this year I felt more drawn to the adult books.
I read 47 hardcovers, 30 paperbacks, 24 Kindle books, and 6 audiobooks. Last year I read way more audiobooks than I did this year but with my new job it is pretty much impossible to listen to audiobooks at work so I anticipate this number staying pretty low for the forseeable future.
The majority of books that I read were in the 301-500 page length range this year. 16 books were over the 501 page mark. In the new year I would like to read some more of the books over the 501 page mark. I’ve been neglecting some of the longer books I’ve been wanting to read the last few years.
As shown above in my Goodreads screenshot, my most given rating was 4 stars. I don’t really have a specific criteria for how I rate books. Basically, if I really enjoyed a book and could see myself reading it again in the future it gets a 4. If I LOVED the book and would definitely read it again it gets a 5. If I liked the book but don’t think I would ever want to revisit it, then it gets a 3.
And like I said earlier in this post, my top genre continues to be fantasy/scifi. I was trying to read a little more of a variety this year but that didn’t exactly go to plan. Here is the breakdown. I did do a better job of reading nonfiction this year though. Last year I only read 3 but this year I read 7. I’d still like to see that number a little higher for 2019 though. Last year I had Fantasy and Scifi as individual categories which I think I will return to again for 2019.
- Fantasy/SciFi: 41
- Historical Fiction: 9
- Contemporary: 13
- Romance: 11
- Classics: 1
- Mystery/Thriller: 8
- Literary Fiction: 2
- Nonfiction: 7
- Horror: 4
- Graphic Novels: 11
So that’s it for my 2018 Year In Review! Stay tuned for my 2019 goals post!