Happy (belated) 2019 you guys! I hope you’ve had a good start into the new year and that New Year’s Day wasn’t too bad those of you who had a big party and alcohol! 😉 I know I did much better this time around and I’m so happy about it. xD
As you can see, we’re talking about my 2018 reading year for today’s post and yes, I’m kind of late but what are we gonna do about that now. I’m trying to figure out if I’ll get back into the blogging rhythm if I just make myself write a couple of posts I keep meaning to share already (aka my Best Books Of 2018 and some other posts) because I’m in a bit of a slump, blogging wise.
I actually did the same post at the beginning of 2018 too and it was so fun to go back and compare this year’s and 2017’s reading. Some things apparently don’t really change: I still read mainly female authors and I love me a good audiobook!
Goodreads Wrap Up
First up, let’s take a look at my overall big numbers for my 2018 reading year. I ended up reading a total of 80 books (8 of them being novellas) with a total of 31.995 pages. 32.000 pages. Holy shit. These are both the highest number I’ve ever achieved since I started tracking my reading and I’m just blown away, honestly.
I knew my shortest book would be one of the novellas I read this year and there wasn’t a doubt that Kingdom Of Ash would be the longest book I read this year. Look at that page number. Almost a thousand pages worth of tears, screams, laughs and just too many other emotions to talk about here. And as for my average page length per book, I’m pretty happy with it!
400 pages is a good length for me. I can read them in one sitting if I want to (especially with the help of an audiobook) and they aren’t going to ‘scare’ me either. I’ve read some big books this year and they’ve been daunting at time, not gonna lie!
I had no idea what my most popular book would be this year but Percy Jackson feels accurate. Unfortunately, I haven’t continued on with the series and I don’t think I will. As for Shelter, I was part of the blog tour for that book earlier this year and I’m kind of surprised at the rather low number of people who have marked it ‘read’ on Goodreads!
Can we take a quick look at my average rating for 2018 there? FOUR STARS. That’s a pretty good reading year, not gonna lie! You’ll get a look at my rating breakdown in a bit, actually. And also, this is half a star better than 2017 so that’s exciting!
And now it’s time for my more in depth breakdown of my reading year! Luckily, I learned from my mistakes that I did in my tracking in 2017 and had a much more detailed and organized spreadsheet for this year (thank god! That took so much work off my hands) – check this out:
I’m also thinking I might make this even more detailed for 2019 to include various aspects of diversity (sexuality, race, gender, etc) in the books I read because I have a difficult time remembering these things about most books after the fact.
Books Read Per Month
Looking at this, I’m actually pretty happy with what I read each month and while November and December may look like I didn’t read a lot of books that’s because the books I did read where huge. I read Kingdom Of Ash and Queen Of Air And Darkness in those two months (plus reread the first two books in The Dark Artifices) and those books were 900+ pages. xD Also, I’m super happy that I read at least 3 books per month and didn’t have a single month where I didn’t finish a book!
Pages Read Per Month
Can we please appreciate how I read about as many pages in November and December (4 books each) as I did in September where I read a total of 9 books (though, to be fair, I did get caught up on some novellas that month). And if we do the math, I should’ve read on average 2.6k words per months to get to my total of 32.000 pages and I exceeded that half the year!
Something that pretty much doesn’t change in my reading is the fact that I read mainly female authors. My shelves are probably 95% filled with books by female authors if not more and I love it. So far, I haven’t enjoyed the way male authors write about female characters so I just stick with women writing about women.
Again, at the end of the day there’s absolutely no surprise here for me. I love my physical books and I love, love, love me a good audiobook (sometimes I combination of both)!
2018 was the year of the rereads (I wish I had kept track of that, to be honest) and most of those books were physical copies I already owned which definitely drove up that number (I bought under 10 physical books in all of 2018) and as for audiobooks, I still had a good number of audible credits or books on there that I hadn’t read yet, plus I tried BookBeat (for any fellow Germans) and Scribd this past year and got a bunch of audiobooks read that way too.
Again, no real surprise for me here as I try and keep up with new releases as best I can and with having audible for most of the year, I was able to get my hands on quite a few new releases relatively cheap. Plus, there were a couple of new releases that were part of series I love so I obviously had to get to them as soon as possible too (they were also the only books I bought).
Any of the earlier release years are basically thanks to me rereading so much this year. xD And I think this trend might continue into 2019 too though I don’t have as many ongoing series anymore which is kind of sad, not gonna lie.
Type Of Book
Speaking of my love to reread books, this might help you understand why I reread so much: two thirds of the books I read this year were part of at least a duology. And my memory sucks. Don’t ask me what happened in book one of a trilogy – I won’t remember. xD I need constant refreshers, plus I love seeing what kind of foreshadowing the author puts into their books early on.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, I read like at least 90% Young Adult this year. xD I mean, my usernames on Twitter and Instagram tell you as much and I just really love them a lot so yeah, I gravitate mostly towards Young Adult and I don’t think that’ll change too much in 2019 either.
I should probably change my usernames to ‘swetlanareadsyafantasy’ or something at this point because it continues to be the genre I reach for at least half the time. BUT! There is quite a bit development here and that’s the fact that contemporary takes up such a big chunk and I am loving it! I read so many awesome contemporaries this year and I can’t wait to read even more in 2019!
As we can see, about three fourths of the books I read this year felt into either the four or five star category which is pretty freaking awesome and also down to the fact that I reread so much this year (because I’m obviously rereading books I already know I love). Let’s hope I can have a similar reading year this time around too! Even if I don’t reread as much.
Does anyone else underestimate how long a blog post is going to take to get written up? Because even though I already had a good chunk of work done beforehand (aka the tracking) it still took me pretty much all afternoon. xD Let’s hope it was all worth it and you guys actually enjoy this post! 🙂
But now that we’ve talked about my reading year extensively, I want to hear all about you guys’ reading years! How did you do with your reading challenge? What were some of your highlights?
Do you guys go back and look at your reading year after the fact? Or do you even do it more regularly? Let me know in the comments down below! I can’t wait to hear from you guys. And if you enjoy my content, feel free to follow this blog so you don’t miss out on any future posts! 😉