Month In Review: January 2019

Happy February everyone! I for one am glad January is over. That polar vortex last week was insane! We had windchills around -52 degrees F! I am so ready to be moving towards spring. But with the cold came lots of great reading time so I ended up reading 11 books this month. The last few months of 2018 were pretty slow for me so it felt good to get back up there.

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  • January 2019 Books Read: 11
  • 2019 Books Read: 11
  • January 2019 Pages Read: 3,814
  • 2019 Pages Read: 3,814

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  1. Sense and Sensibility graphic novel
  2. After You by Jojo Moyes
  3. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  4. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  5. The Wicked King by Holly Black
  6. The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber – ebook
  7. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
  8. The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh – #unreadBOTMchallenge
  9. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker – #unreadBOTMchallenge
  10. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – #beatthebacklist2019
  11. Missoula by Jon Krakauer – #beatthebacklist2019

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Favorite Book Read: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Least Favorite Book Read: The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber

This month I am planning on fitting in two more unread BOTM books as well as a re-read. I’m feeling pretty moody lately in the reading department so I’m not going to bother coming up with a TBR. I had started a re-read of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, which I love, but didn’t get very far because I just wasn’t in the mood to read it like I thought I was. And then my personalized copy of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo came so I started reading that. It is really good so far.


What books did you read in January?

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2019 Beat the Backlist

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Surprise! I’m going to do another reading challenge this year! I didn’t think I would be joining any other challenges this year but this one actually fits in perfectly with one of my goals this year so why not! Austine @ NovelKnight is hosting this great challenge. The goal of this challenge is to read books that have been on your TBR for awhile. Basically any book that was published 2018 or earlier is fair game. The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 so any book from your backlist read between those dates counts towards the challenge.

I already wanted to read a lot of the books that I’ve kept waiting on my shelves so I didn’t really have a set number or anything that I wanted to go with. So I just emptied one of my shelves and filled it up with different choices that I really want to read this year. Links go to Goodreads.

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I will also very loosely be marking off squares for this bingo card. I’m not going to go out of my way to fill in any squares but any book published pre-2019 that fulfills a square will be great.

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Are you participating in this challenge? Have you read any of the books on my list?

 

 

2019 Bookish Goals

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Hey everyone! I meant to post this days ago but as I was finishing putting the final touches on the post, everything got deleted with no way of getting it back. I got really frustrated so left it until I felt like rewriting everything all over again. So anyways, today I am going to post about my bookish goals for the new year.

  • Read 75 books – I had originally set my Goodreads goal for 100 books but after thinking about the number of books I’ve read the past two years, I wanted to lower that number to ease some of the pressure. I’ve often left off reading larger books because they take longer and I’ve felt like I needed to read shorter books to get more read as quickly as possible.
  • Re-read one book per quarter – The past few months I’ve been thinking a lot about the books I’ve been wanting to re-read. This year I want to take some time to read some of those so I want to try and read at least one every three months.
  • Go to the library once per quarter – Growing up I spent A LOT of time going to the library and I loved it. I haven’t gone for a long time and really miss going. This year I want to take some time every few months to go to the library, browse, and check out a book or two.
  • Book buying ban – I am putting myself on a mostly no spend year this year, including books. I do have the exception of allowing myself the preorders I have for my favorite authors. But no more trips to Half Price Books or browsing Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
  • #UNREADBOTMCHALLENGE – This is a challenge I found out about through Instagram. January, February, March my goal will be to read two of my unread Book of the Month books. I will probably try to make my own goal to continue that throughout the year until I have them all read. I currently have 17 unread BOTM books. I had canceled my subscription awhile back because I wasn’t ever getting around to reading the books I picked out. I do love the subscription though and hope to subscribe again in the future.

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What are some of your bookish goals for this year?

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

(click on image to go to the book’s Goodreads page)

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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!

 

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?