2019 Reading Wrap Up and Reflection

Today we will take a look into my reading statistics, my awards for certain book categories, and a general reflection of my reading year for 2019.

For the statistics portion of this reflection, I will use images from my GoodReads Year in Books page.

All book covers are also from GoodReads; I do not own any of these images.

Reading Statistics for 2019

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I read 40 books!

That’s twice what I read in my best year prior to 2019!

I created my Good Reads account back in 2014, which is why this graph gets a bit off towards the earlier years.

Also of note is the huge slump in 2016 and 2018. I was barely reading for pleasure and my courses weren’t reading heavy quite yet. I also think I forgot to record some of my course readings that year, but there is no way I will remember them now in order to fix that.

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I read 11,056 pages

That is more than I’ve ever read in a year!

Pages are not a great way to gauge how much someone is reading, because font variations, margins, and intensity of prose. A lot of what I read is fantasy and children’s books, so my page counts really aren’t that impressive when you look at the level of prose in which I consume.

It is still fun to see how many pages you read in a year though ^.^ even if it isn’t super accurate or important, I still find it cool to look back at.

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As you can see, it was a pretty active year for me, although this data doesn’t take into account when I read those books and why. I do read a lot for school, and I read most of the books on this list during the second half of the year.

Book Lengths

I read a wide range of books, so the length of each book varies widely. As you can see, I read some thicc books, but also some really short books. I don’t body shame my reading habits, and neither should you. Thicc books and skinny books are all at a fair chance at being amazing.

I am honestly very proud of my range when it comes to book length, because I see a lot of people leaning more to one side and developing heavy preferences for one or the other that causes them to miss out on some really amazing content. Don’t just a book by its figure, just go for it!

I would like my Average book length to be a bit longer in 2020, but we will see.

Interestingly enough, “How Not To Die” was my longest book of 2019 AND the most highly rated on GoodReads.

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Popularity

Last but not least for Statistics is the popularity contest.

I read all kinds of books, despite if they are backed by a hype train or hate train. If a book sounds interesting to me, then I am down.

This may be a person pet peeve of mine, but I do actually tend to avoid reading very popular books, like Harry Potter, because I don’t like feeding popularity contests and there is tons of great literature that isn’t in the spot light.

This year, I had to read Harry Potter for school, so that explains its presence on this list. I am also not surprised that it is the most popular book I read. >.<

Of note, I ended up not really enjoying either of these books, so that is kind of funny. Just shows that popularity does not equate quality.

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My Average Rating for 2019 was a 4.2, which is super great!



Awards

Overall Winner for Best Series of the Year


Reflections

Overall, 2019 was a great reading year. I read a lot of books, and I liked most all of them. There was only a handful of books that I really disliked, and a good handful of books that I loved. With that said, I did read a lot of books that I felt pretty neutral about, but that isn’t a bad thing.

I think that is just a product of reading a lot. I was in a pretty bad reading slump for a few years prior, as you saw above. So even if the books I read were mostly neutral, not amazing or terrible, then I think I have had a successful year.

Reading more has significantly improved my mental health and lowered my stress levels. As a student, I feel a lot of stress regularly, which has an effect on my overall health mentally and physically. Ever since I picked up reading about a year and a half ago, my health has improved significantly as a result of how much less stressed I feel on the daily. My life is still crazy and stressful, since I am a working student, but the stress doesn’t stick with me after I sit and read for a bit each day, and I feel like I am constantly completing something when reading.

Not only am I less stressed and feeling a sense of accomplishment, but I also feel like mu life is a lot more interesting now and I look forward to getting up each morning. Additionally, it really helps that my job involves reading material and researching books.

So, all in all, 2019 was great and I owe a lot of that to reading, my life partner, and my job. I also have to give credit to this platform and all of the people (mostly family) that participate here, because writing reviews and talking about books is one of my favorite things that has come out of reading more.

2019 pushed me to a whole new level of passion for books, which is a great start to a new decade beginning in 2020. I have great hopes for 2020 reads.

I hope you keep returning for more bookish conversation in 2020 and have a great reading year!


Thanks for sticking around! If you are interested in my 2019 reads and specific reviews select any of the following posts:

-Knight of Cups ❤


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