Friday Review: My 2019 Reading in Reveiw

Every year, I set a number of books to read goal. If I make that goal, I add one in the next year. In 2019, my goal was 29 books. I fell short by six books so the goal for 2020 will remain at 29. I am not the fastest reader in the world and I am pretty sure that, at some point, I will reach the maximum number of books I can reasonably manage in one year. I don’t think I have hit that yet. I say that for a few reasons. One, I hit a point this past year where I just didn’t feel like reading for a stretch of time. Not sure why, because I have always loved to read, but there you are. Also, I didn’t put as many audiobooks on my list last year, and that cut the number of books down a bit. If I have an audiobook going, I will listen to that while I am doing things like emptying the dishwasher, folding laundry, and walking the dog. When I sit down in the evening to read, I pick up either a print book or e-book. So that adds to the total. I plan to get back to doing some audio books this year again.

Okay, let’s break down the books I did manage to read:

(As always, some of these fall into more than one category, so the numbers may look off because of that)

In general terms:
Fiction: 18
Non-fiction: 5

That’s a drop in non-fiction. I should correct that, also.

Breaking things down even more:

Biography/Memoir: 3
Fantasy: 12
Science Fiction: 5
Thriller: 1
Pets: 1
Science: 1

There were a couple in there that would also qualify as YA, but I put them in the major category they fell in and didn’t break out a separate YA set.
Once again, fantasy wins, but I suspect that will not change anytime soon. I also don’t think non-fiction will win out over fiction, but I would like to get the totals closer.

Favorites of the year: The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi, Wisp of a Thing by Alex Bledsoe, and Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett
Least Favorites: Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe and Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Most of these have been reviewed here on the blog at some point. The last one I read, Insurgent, is coming up. You can find all my book reviews here.

I have started compiling a tentative reading list for 2020 so I was able to dive right in. I did leave some space for surprise things that may come up, as well as a few things that will be released in the coming year.

Happy New Reading Year!


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