Friday, December 27, 2019

Books of 2019 - favourites + stats

I love these end of year posts - see 20162017 and 2018 here if you're so inclined - and I seriously started this one at the end of last year. Zero shame in my book + statistics loving game. Linking up with Steph and Jana!

Audiobooks, physical books and e-books
About the same as last year - ebooks are just super convenient. I am happy with how many physical books I read this year, it just doesn't look like a lot percentage wise.

Library, ARCs, purchased, kindle unlimited/scribd or free/gifted/borrowed
One of my goals this year was to read more of the books I already owned, which I didn't really succeed in. I only used kindle unlimited for about half of the year, but I discovered scribd thanks to Heather. I still went a bit nutty with ARCs and the library. Maybe 2020 will be the year of reading books I already own...

Non fiction vs fiction
Not surprised in the least. This will never change but it's still fun to see the comparison.

Male vs Female Authors
Zero percent surprised about this, but again, fun to see the comparison.

Month by Month Breakdown
I am certainly not laughing at what I went through this year, but I do find it a wee bit funny that you can clearly tell the tough months based on my reading, or lack thereof. Sometimes I use reading as a crutch, sometimes my emotions are just too much and I am too mentally exhausted to read. Thankfully, I got somewhat back to normal towards the end of the year.

Some books are really easy and others fall into several genres. This was the first year that I tracked genres and I am not really shocked at the outcome, ha. The only thing that annoys me is that I prefer pie charts but some of the genres were too small and didn't show up. So. Column chart it is.

Favourite Books
Most of the time, a book is a favourite to me if I had a good time reading it and can see myself either recommending it or re-reading it. Sometimes it's a book that I would never re-read and would hesitate to recommend, but it made me feel all the feelings or think all the thoughts. Some of them are 4 stars, some are 5 stars. In no particular order:

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (and the sequel) - so good!
Saga series - I still think about this series all the time and check to see if the hiatus is over
The Trials of Morrigan Crow (and the sequel) - loved these two so much
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - this was so good! I really recommend this one.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill - one of my favourite characters of all time. Such a good book!
First Grave on the Right - really enjoying this series, it's just so fun. I'm up to book 3.
Then She Was Gone - my first Lisa Jewell and so freaking good.
Last Christmas in Paris - gah, loved this one. So lovely.

Speak - this was a book club book I never would have picked up on my own. Really good.
Things You Save in a Fire - not my favourite Katherine Center but I still loved it.
A Study in Scarlet Women - this was so fun! Can't wait to continue the series.
The Lost Man - so creepy, so aussie, loved it.

Jar of Hearts - I read this in January and I still think about how messed up it was.
The Heart's Invisible Furies - finally finished this behemoth! Beautiful and sad.
 Ask Again, Yes - another book club one, it had flaws sure, but I really enjoyed reading it.
The Huntress - this was a slog and a half and I was relieved when I finished, but it's one of those books that seems to have gotten better in my mind as time goes on.

A Madness of Sunshine - hi, everyone read this now, thank you
 Anne of Green Gables - Heather made me do it. Ha!
 Harry's Trees - this was so freaking sad but beautifully written. 
 A Woman Is No Man - so hard to read, more than a little bit slow, but I still think about it.

Favourite Romance Books

Wild Aces series (first pictured, my fave)  // Before Girl //  The Widow of Rose House // Sin & Ink (+ the second one) 

I always make an effort to fit in re-reads. I want to re-read more, but you know, too many books, too little time. A few I re-read this year:

Happiness for Beginners // Edenbrooke / When Beauty Tamed the Beast (I know that cover is ridiculous, but this is seriously one of my all time favourite historicals) // The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

I re-read all of Jane Austen's except for Mansfield Park and left Pride & Prejudice for last // I re-read the first 5 Winston Brothers to prepare for the last two, Truth or Beard will always be my fave // VIP series // Her Best Worst Mistake

Disappointing Reads
I only have one that I can think of.... the last Winston Brothers book. I ended up rating it 4 stars but I think I was being a bit generous. I was seriously disappointed by it. I don't know if it was my expectations or it just wasn't as good as the others. Either way, I honestly can't see myself re-reading it, and I always want to re-read Penny. So I am sad.

Wish I hadn't read these
I have a few more, but these are the 3 that still kind of make me angry and like I wasted my time:

My main problem with DNFing is I keep going in the hope they will get better or I'll suddenly start enjoying them - but of course since I am forcing it, I end up hate reading it so the book is bound to fail in my eyes. Those are the ones I need to be better at DNFing (I should have DNF'd The Cactus and I absolutely would have DNF'd the Tattooist and Three Women if they weren't for book club). Anyway. Here are 3 I had high hopes for but accepted they weren't working for me so gave up:

There's always one book that stands out to me each year, I wouldn't call it my absolute favourite, but it just stands out in my mind, and 2019's is The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

All in all, a pretty good year of reading! Here's to 2020!

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