December is one of my favorite months, and not only because of the holiday season, Christmas shopping, and delicious food. It’s also the time to take a look back, see what goals I managed to achieve (or not) and compile multiple charts and graphs to help me analyze my performance.
Who doesn’t love stats?!
2019 was an incredible year! It’s been one of the most stressful ones because of the number of things I had to juggle. But at the same time, I’m more productive when I have more things on my plate. I would love to reduce the amount of stress in 2020, of course, but I wouldn’t necessarily reduce my workload.
Today we are taking a look at my reading stats for 2019!
I’m writing this post on December 29th – at the moment I finished 93 books and I’m currently in the middle of two more books that I’m planning to finish before the end of the year, which will put me at 95 books total! (yay, maths!) This is the most I’ve read in a single year.
One important thing I learned this year was that saying “I don’t have time for…” is a wrong way to look at time management. Instead, I’ve been learning how to say “I’ll make time for…”. I’m still very curious about how people manage to read 200 or more books in one year, but I’m sure I’ll get there eventually. 🙂
|N.º OF BOOKS BY MONTH|
The average number of books per month was approximately 7-8 books. I had some amazing months where I read 10 or more books, and some not so great ones. But I’m very pleased to see that my “minimum” was 5 books.
Not to spoil my 2020 goals, but I want to reduce the number of books I read per month next year due to other important things that I will require all of my attention. So I think 5 books per month is a very good number.
|N.º OF PAGES BY MONTH|
As you can see, more books per month don’t always mean more pages. In fact, the month I read more paged was March with a total of 9 books. Isn’t this fascinating? 😀
Now to my ratings, my average rating in 2019 was 3.7. Most of my reads were 3 and 4 stars, with a total of 19 5-star reads!
There were also 11 books I didn’t rate. Some of them were the books I DNF’d, others were books I don’t know what to rate, for example, «Miracle Creek» by Angie Kim – I still don’t know how to feel about it. Should I give it a higher rating based on the subjects it raised, or should I give it a lower rating based solely on my enjoyment (or lack of thereof)?
This category is one of my favorites to analyze! I read so many e-ARCs and also books I had on my Kindle this year, that overall more than 65% of all books were in electronic format! My physical TBR definitely suffered from that as I kept buying more and more books. My TBR bookshelf currently has 71 unread books (I counted them all recently and added to a separate TBR shelf on Goodreads that I will link here if anyone is interested to see what books I own but haven’t read yet 🙂 ).
I listened to a total of 7 Audiobooks this year because of the long commutes I had at the beginning of the year.
Not surprising at all that almost 50% of all books I read in 2019 were fantasy. But! It doesn’t feel to me that 2019 was a “fantasy-heavy” year because I read so many other genres, focusing more on Adult Fiction and Thrillers.
I even read 1 Horror book! Although, I don’t remember what it was…
Publication year… Ha-ha! 99% of the books I read were published after 2000 and 2010 with just a couple of classics. And you know what? I’m okay with that! I’m not planning to do my “classic-a-month” challenge just yet, maybe in 2021?
|ARCs VS Owned Books|
And finally, the number of ARCs I read in 2019. 39 ARCs out of 92 books is a very good ratio that I intend to keep in 2020. There are still a few 2019 ARCs I haven’t read (oops!), and TONS of 2020 ARCs that I need to start reading ASAP. I’ll be doing a separate post for my 2020 ARCs in the beginning of January.
I hope 2019 was a good year for you as well! Let me know in the comments below how you did this year.