Oh boy, what a year it has been for my reading!
I started a Bookstagram account in December of 2017, after hitting a bit of a reading slump through the craziness that was Uni, living overseas, and starting full time work. Bookstagram was a way for me to connect with more readers, find some great reads (and TALK about them!), and generally be inspired to do a bunch more reading. In that, and so many other things, it absolutely hit the mark.
So for a fun little end of year wrap up, I thought I’d quickly pull a couple of stats together about my reading year (with the help of Goodreads and my friend Excel).
The Simple Stats
In 2018, I read 57 books which equated to roughly 19,429 pages. I also listened to a whopping 1.5 audiobooks (I’ll get there one day, I still prefer a paperback). The half audiobook was Circe, which I really enjoyed it just wasn’t going quickly enough for me to finish it before my bookclub, so I swapped to paperback partway through.
Self-Set Challenge – Females or POC Authors Only!
Next, my other challenge I’d set myself this year – to only read Women and/or POC (People of Colour) authors throughout 2018. I set myself this challenge in February, and I’ll let the charts below tell you how I went at sticking to these…
I mean, I feel like I did pretty well. I could definitely challenge myself to read more POC authors next year, but with that said I also read a lot of Australian Authors this year and I love to support local talent so I’m okay with that breakdown in those terms.
Of the Male authors I read, two were POC, one was Australian, one I read before I set myself the challenge, and the other one (I’ll be honest) was an ARC I received that I just couldn’t wait to read.
While I shy away from ratings on my blog here, I do generally always rate a book on Goodreads immediately after I finish reading. These ratings are more of a guide to how that book made me feel while reading it, rather than a critical look at how well the book was written or constructed.
1 stars for me would generally be if I don’t finish a book, and even then I will usually just not rate the book as most of the time I recognise that it probably wasn’t actually terrible, it just wasn’t my style.
Based on the above ratings, I think I found my groove pretty easily this year and only tended to pick up books I was fairly certain I was going to enjoy.
As a fun fact, Goodreads says my average rating for the year is 3.9 – which isn’t as high as I thought actually (I’m a fairly generous reader/rater!)
My 15 ‘5-Star Reads’ (according to Goodreads)
I figure I can give you a list of those 5-star books I read. There are definitely books I absolutely adored which aren’t on this list, purely because they were slow-burners and the 5 stars didn’t come immediately (or from a critical brain).
Emergency Contact – Mary H.K. Choi (Contemporary, YA)
Lenny’s Book of Everything – Karen Foxlee (Contemporary, Middle-Grade)
This Will Only Hurt a Little – Busy Philipps (Autobiography)
Vicious – V.E Schwab (Light Paranormal/Sci-Fi)
Dark Intent – A. B. Endacott (Light fantasy)
Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak (Contemporary, Adult)
One Day in December – Josie Silver (Contemporary, Romance/Drama)
Muse of Nightmares – Laini Taylor (Fantasy, Sequel to Strange the Dreamer)
What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (Contemporary, YA, Diverse)
Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Light Sci-Fi)
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman (Contemporary)
Wonder – R.J. Palacio (Contemporary, Middle-Grade)
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas (Contemporary, YA, Diverse)
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Essay)
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman (Contemporary, Adult)
You can find reviews for a bunch of these on my blog – head to my Review Round Up page to find them!
I’ve set my Goodreads goal at 50 books this year – not quite one a week on average (which is kind of what I need to hit to keep the reviews rolling on this blog…hmm)
In terms of other reading goals, I think the aim of 2019 will be to reduce the number of physical unread books on my shelves. So for every new book I receive I’ll be hoping to read 2 or 3 that are already on the shelves – wish me luck!
On top of that, I’m going to try keep up my diverse reading, or at least stay aware of it 🙂
That’s all, folks!
That’s it from me! I’m already keen for another year of great reading in 2019, and look forward to chatting with you here or on my Bookstagram about all things books.
Happy New Year!
Until next time,