2018: Year In Review

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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

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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.

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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.

2018 Books (2)

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).

2018 Audience (2)

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.

2018 Formats (2)

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.

2018 Page Lengths (2)

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.

2018 Ratings (2)

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.

2018 Genres (2)

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!

 

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December 2018 TBR

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The last month of 2018 is here! This year has been such a blur. I am usually not a fan of winter because of my commute, but since my commute has been essentially cut in half, I’ve decided to just embrace it and spend my time getting cozy reading books. I’ve been doing pretty well with my monthly TBRs lately so I’m going to continue trying and put out a stack of books that I would like to try and read this month. I’m still a mood reader though so I’m not expecting myself to stick to it if I don’t feel like it anymore.

I decided to go with a wintery theme for this month. One of the books doesn’t quite fit the theme but Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm raved about this book and sent it to me for my birthday so I want to read it ASAP! It sounds so amazing! Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.

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  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • A Year in the Wilderness by Dave and Amy Freeman
  • Son of a Midnight Land by Atz Kilcher
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I am really excited to read all of these books!


What are you planning to read this month?

Month In Review: November 2018

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Apparently my blog is just turning into only wrap-up and TBR posts haha. Things should be winding down now with winter officially hitting us up here in Minnesota so I’m hoping to have more time to devote to the blog. But no promises! I’m still just going to post when I feel like it and not push myself to stick to a set schedule. So, I feel like although I only read 4 books this month, I read some pretty big books so that made up for it. I read the last three books of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and I am so sad that it is over. One of my all-time favorite series. I know a lot of people don’t care for this series anymore or Maas, but I will always love her and her writing. I also read the most recent Nicholas Sparks book but didn’t care too much for it. It was just meh. I grew up reading his books and loved them, but the last couple just haven’t done anything for me. I don’t know if it’s his writing that has changed or me, but I just couldn’t even get through the one he wrote before this last one.

November 2018 Books Read: 4

Total 2018 Books Read: 101 (including 5 DNF)

October 2018 Pages Read: 2,432 (not including DNF)

Total 2018 Pages Read: 33,476 (not including DNFs)

  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

I have been doing pretty well at sticking with my TBRs lately so I’m going to try and continue that trend in December. Stay tuned for my December TBR post.


What books did you read this month?

November 2018 TBR

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My favorite month of the year has arrived! Fall is definitely in swing here which makes the perfect reading weather. My birthday is coming up on the 18th. And shortly after that, we have Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I am horrible at sticking to a monthly TBR except for last month when I read every single book and more on my October TBR. I was so excited that I even started planning my November TBR towards the end of the month. I know last month may have been a little bit of a fluke so I have one main goal this month. Finish the Throne of Glass series. Another bittersweet ending for me, like Muse of Nightmares was for me last month. The final book of Throne of Glass came out at the end of October and I’m a book behind in the series plus I still need to read the short story collection, The Assassin’s Blade. I’ve already started off the month reading Tower of Dawn and hopefully after I finish that, I will immediately start Kingdom of Ash. We will see what kind of mood I am in once I finish these massive books. For now, I have the following books on my list.

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  • Light Years by Kass Morgan
  • The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
  • Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

I initially had more on my rough TBR list that I started putting together last month but I don’t want to get overwhelmed and end up not wanting to choose any of the books. So as always I will say that this is a loose TBR and I may choose to read other books not on this list as well. I am very excited to read each and every one of these books though.


What are you planning to read this month? Are you good at sticking to TBRs or do you just pick and choose as you go?

Month In Review: October 2018

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October seems to have blown by really fast! And yet I managed to have a GREAT reading month! Maybe having such a dismal reading month in September really helped turned things around for me. I read 11 books this past month, including one that I decided not to finish. Not only did I read 11 books, but I read well over 3,000 pages and I’m only three books away from completing my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books this year. And what might be even more amazing to me is that I finished every single book that I had on my October TBR! That has NEVER happened! I’m such a mood reader that it is hard for me to pick books for a whole month and then stick to those choices. But I guess I picked out a great stack this past month. Either that or I was just in a super Halloweeny mood the whole month!

One book that was a little bittersweet to read was Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. It was absolutely amazing, everything I wanted and more in the finale of the Strange the Dreamer duology…. But that’s it, no more to the story so that made me pretty sad about finishing it. Definitely my favorite book of the month, and of 2018 so far! With the pushback on publication of the Nevernight trilogy finale, Muse of Nightmares was my most anticipated book of 2018. So, so happy that it lived up to my expectations.

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October 2018 Books Read: 11 (including 1 DNF)

Total 2018 Books Read: 97 (including 5 DNF)

October 2018 Pages Read: 3,289 (not including DNF)

Total 2018 Pages Read: 31,044 (not including DNFs)

  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
  • And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
  • Saga vol. 8
  • Saga vol. 9
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  • Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

What books did you read in October?