My 2019 reading year

I like to look back at other years (I’ve added a few stats from 2018) and see how my reading has changed through the years so it really helps me to take the time to count everything. My take-away from these statistics:

  • I missed my Goodreads reading challenge last year, but I read some great books which is more important to me.
  • I’m not sure why I read so many fewer books in 2019 than 2018. It’s partly because of some shorter books in 2018, but that’s not the complete reason.
  • I read books in a few genres I don’t usually read.
  • I wrote very few reviews last year.
  • Most books I read were published in the last 10 years.
  • I didn’t keep track of my reading challenges very well.

2019 Reading Goal

I read 90 books (of my 95 book goal) last year. In 2018 I read 104 books.

Ebooks–60 (41 that I own; 9 from Kindle Unlimited; 10 from library)

Audiobooks–27 (12 audiobooks I own; 15 audiobooks from library)

Hardcover books–2 (from library)

Paperbacks–1 (from library)

Genres & Types of Books Read

My favorite genres continue to be mysteries (especially police procedurals), science fiction and fantasy (especially urban fantasy).

Note: These numbers don’t add up to 90 since several books fit in more than one category.

Mystery

  • Police Procedural–23
  • Cozys–5
  • Other–11

Science Fiction

  • Military–1
  • Young Adult–4
  • Space Opera–2
  • Time Travel–3
  • Post Apocalyptic–1
  • Other–4

Fantasy

  • Urban–14
  • Young Adult–1
  • Other–6

Romance

  • Contemporary–1
  • Historical Romance–2

Fiction

I didn’t read these categories in 2018.

  • Women’s Fiction–6
  • Young Adult–1
  • Middle Grade–2
  • Historical Fiction–2
  • Christmas–1

Nonfiction

Another category I didn’t read in 2018.

  • Memoir–1
  • Other–2

Dogs

  • I read 10 books with dogs as major characters. (Nine books in 2018)

Other Stats

New-to-me authors–34 (My two favorite new authors.) (35 new authors in 2018.)

The author I read the most–Katherine Pathak , DCI Dani Bevan Mystery series (four books)

Reviews posted in 2019

  • of 2019 books read–7
  • of 2018 books read–11

Books Read (by original date of publication)

Most books I read were published in the last decade (2010-2019) though I read a handful of “vintage” books.

2019 books read–26

2010 – 2018–52

2000 – 2009–4

1990s–3

1970 and before–5

(1970, 1947, 1934, 1923 and 1894)

Reading Challenges

I signed up for lots of challenges last year, but partly because of problems with my blog last year and then moving it to WordPress.com I didn’t work much on my challenges. Plus as past years have shown I don’t participate in challenges very well. I sometimes complete a challenge if I just have to read certain types of books, but if I have to write a review or go to a blog to show that I read a certain type of book I don’t do it or I forget about doing that.

The only challenge I kept track of was my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I haven’t signed up for challenges other than the Goodreads challenge in 2020. I might try to participate in my local library reading challenge. That challenge has 12 different categories to read one book from each category during the year. I’ll talk more about reading challenges in my 2020 Goals post.