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Happy New Year, Wormies!
It’s another new year and I’m bringing you another end of the year bookish stats! As I have done in the last 3 years, I will be sharing line graphs and pie charts (because, PIE!) and compare them from last year!
I find that I learn something new about myself bookish and reading-wise and I can’t wait to discover how I have changed!
This year is probably the year I read the most books ever! I mean, I have only been tracking my reads since 2012 so, I can’t really say anything about the years before that so…
Last year, I read a total of 143 books, this year though, I read 185 books! Granted, I did slow down in the last few months, but I can’t believe I read this many books!
Let’s take a look at the genres that I read! This year has been the year of reading contemporary romance! I discovered a lot of new authors this way, too!
This year was not the year of YA, actually. I guess I need to read more YA then! But seriously, New Adult has me hooked for now!
To be honest, my detailed genre has not been as diverse as I want it to be. In 2019, I hope to read more books in even more sub-genres!
Audiobooks still rule my reading format. While I collect a lot of hardcovers and paperbacks, my primary mode of reading is still listening to audiobooks! While many people think that listening to audiobooks don’t count as reading, I beg to differ! It’s an awesome way to multi-task and it also helped me read books I normally wouldn’t if I read the traditional way!
Okay, so I still did an awesome thing and mostly borrowed a lot of the books that I read. I also categorized Kindle Unlimited books and Audible Romance Package audiobooks as borrowed, since it’s technically borrowing. Also, I didn’t include the other books that I purchased but did not read this year. I love going to library sales and I went to a bunch this year but I didn’t include those under purchased.
I liked the balance of books read this year. While I still read previously pubbed books, 46% are 2018 releases which is a marked increase from last years 35%! I also didn’t request a lot of books in the last 2 months so that explains why I don’t have a lot of 2019 releases read.
This year was a year of trying something new! I read more new books this year (72%) compared to last year (68%)! This is really good for me because I am striving to read outside my normal reading genres and also try out new authors.
I also want to point out that even though I had multiple book slumps this year, I have only reread 23%! Obviously, it is more in number than last year since I read more books in total this year.
This year, most of my reads have been 4 stars! Of course, some have been rounded up to 4 since I have included half star ratings. I also want to say that I rate DNFs 1-star reads, which is actually only 10 books!
These books are all my top reads for each month! There are some months that have two since I couldn’t pick one! If you read my Monthly Wrap-ups, all of these books have been mentioned. I also included this on my Top 10 of 2018 post!
I also wanted to share the books that I had high hopes on but ultimately disappointed me in the end.
I am ultimately glad that there are only 10 books that ended up as DNF’s for me! This means that I really enjoyed most of the books I read this year!
The shortest audiobook I listed to was Don’t Go by Alexa Riley at 111 minutes, and the shortest book I read was A Little Big Rock by Lauren Blakely at 32 pages. To be fair, A Little Big Rock is a really short novella in the heroine’s POV from Big Rock.
The longest audiobook I listened to was Renegades by Marissa Meyer, and the longest book I read was Nobody Does it Better by Lexi Blake.
I think I did well on most of my challenges! I was sure that I would do horribly, so this is a pleasant surprise!
Let’s take a look at all the deets! I am super excited to find out what the specific bookish details are! I started tracking all of this in earnest last year, so this is the second time I’m sharing it!
MOST READ AUTHOR
NUMBER OF AUTHORS READ
NUMBER OF PAGES READ
NUMBER OF MINUTES SPENT LISTENING TO AUDIOBOOKS
68,314 minutes (about 1,139 hours / 47 days)
NUMBER OF SERIES READ
FAVORITE HISTORICAL ROMANCE REVIEW
Hello, Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE REVIEW
Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
FAVORITE SPORTS ROMANCE REVIEW
It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FAVORITE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE REVIEW
True to You by Jennifer Ryan
FAVORITE PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEW
Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost
FAVORITE NA REVIEW
Recovered by Jay Crownover
FAVORITE YA REVIEW
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
FAVORITE DNF REVIEW
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
I also outdid myself this year with bookish posts! I love joining the Discussion Challenge and I’m still doing that this year! Also, Top Ten Tuesday is my favorite meme and I have been participating since 2012, so I won’t stop now!
FAVORITE BOOKISH DISCUSSIONS
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FAVORITE TOP TEN TUESDAY POSTS
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How did your year go?
Did you create a stats post? Did you go crazy with your stats as I did?
Share your link so I can stop by and check it out!
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says
Wow, 185 books is awesome! I read a LOT less YA this year, as well. I’m much more drawn to adult (and some new adult) these days. Speaking of YA, I love seeing Pushing the Limits on your list. I adore Katie McGarry and PTL was the first I ever read from her. I have such a soft spot for that one. My heart hurt a little bit seeing All Broke Down and Play on your disappointing list. LOL I loved both of those. Crownover’s Marked Men series is so great. I really need to read more from her. I keep meaning to start the Saints of Denver series.
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018
One of the reasons why books are filed under disappointing reads is because of the hype! All Broke Down and Play were books that have been recommended to me a lot last year and going in, I was expecting to be blown away so… I guess that’s why I avoid hyped books! These books aren’t also rated low but it just didn’t meet my high expectations.
Aj @ Read All The Things! says
Congratulations on reading so much! I love these stats posts. I haven’t even started mine yet. Happy 2019!
Aj @ Read All The Things! recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books Of 2018
Good luck! Can’t wait to see your stats, Aj!
KE Hamilton says
I love these end of the year stat posts everyone is doing, you had such a great reading year ! Audiobooks have really taken over my reading too because I can get 40 minutes done a day when I’m driving to work. I liked the Audible Romance package but the Scribd service has been better for the kinds of books I’m looking for.
I used to subscribe to Scribd years ago but they changed their subscription type so I unsubscribed. But I’m glad you like them. I used Audible and my public library
Lover Of Romance says
It looks like you had a wonderful year in reading for sure!! I do love Jay Crownover too, I want to read more of her this year. And I love the Audible Romance Package as well, it has so many good books that it still surprises me. Definitely worth the price you pay.
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ARP is awesome!! And yes, I was in a Jay Crownover binge last year!
Sharlene Wegner says
Wow! You did a lot of analyzing! I just tracked books read – 166. I think they were probably about 2/3 contemporary romance & 1/3 historical romance. I just finished Wanderlust & loved it, and immediately read the 2nd book, Part-time Lover, which I also loved. Of your books above, Hello Stranger was another favorite of mine. And any Rachel Gibson will be on my list! It’s been awhile, so I loved Simply Irresistible. I DNF’d some that I will go back to. Just wasn’t in the mood at the time.
I’m a mood reader so I feel ya! I have DNF’d a few books that I enjoyed when I picked them back up again!
I actually have a tracker that I used throughout the year to track my progress so the analyzing wasn’t so bad!
Malka @ Paper Procrastinators says
I absolutely love reading everyone’s end of the year posts! It’s so satisfying to see a year summed up in a few paragraphs. I’m so glad to see you had such an awesome reading year! We got to write up a wrap up and create a goals post for the first time and it was so satisfying!
Malka @ Paper Procrastinators recently posted…2018 Reading Wrap Up
Yes! It’s awesome! My previous wrap-ups from when I first started were not as good… hahaha
Megan S. says
Wow! 185 books! I’m super impressed. 🙂 I’m so glad you had a great reading year 🙂
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Megan S. recently posted…2018: A Reading Year in Review
I reread a lot last year, too! 🙂
Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) says
So, I have to say first of all, that I have NO idea how you could be disappointed with Play by Kylie Scott? I love that book! I read it over and over. I love Mal, he is my #1 book boyfriend! 🙂 But hey, I can see how some of your other books were disappointing that you listed. I remember when I first read Jay Crownover a few years ago when I discovered her before I would get to meet her at a convention, I immediately sped through all her books. So I see how you could spend a lot of time on them this year! I really want to do a post like this where I figure all the stats out, but probably won’t have time. Looks like you had a great year!
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Play was a really hyped book and highly recommended by my other bookish friends. And basically gushing about Mal and all.. which is why I avoid hyped books.. unfortunately, this did not meet my very high expectations so.. haha but I think I would have LOVED this if I did not hear all the hype surrounding this book.
Danielle Hammelef says
185 books is wow! I read 117, and some of those were picture books that I read and reviewed for the authors as picture books need reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, etc. too. I doubled my goodreads challenge this year as I blew my 2018 goal of 50 books away. Like you, I love my library and it’s used book sales too and find many former library books in there that have been pulled from circulation.
YAY!!! I listen to audiobooks a lot so that one really helped me so much!!!!
You have a great reading year. I listen to a lot of audiobooks too. And like you its often a book I wouldn’t have read otherwise. Sometimes it is a book that I really want to read but I feel like I can’t take the time away from the review pile. Since I listen while I’m at work it is a great opportunity to get to those books. See what I read in December at Girl Who Reads
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I only listen during my commute to work and that really helps a lot! I also listen at home while adulting so it keeps the time go by so fast! 🙂