It was yet another crazy busy year in my personal life and I’m not sure it will ever slow down again. After taking some time off and starting a new job at the very end of December that has a lot of long term viability I’m hoping at least my professional life will stabilize, allowing me to READ MORE BOOKS! Now on to the numbers.
2018 was a mediocre year when it came to reading for me. It followed the downward trend of the past few years and actually matched my lowest number of books read going back to 2011 (not counting the first half year in 2010). That being said I read some great books this year and I’m looking forward to 2019.
2018 Quick Facts
The three biggest highlights were 33 of the authors I read in 2018 were new to me; 68% of the books I read were by female authors or had female contributors; and I just squeaked by my nonfiction goal of at least one nonfiction book per month with 13. The most disappointing fact was the lack of translated works at 0. I’ll need to work on that in the future.
- Total Books Read: 57
- Library Books: 20 (35%)
- Galley/ARC: 17 (30%)
- Kindle/Digital: 28 (49%)
- Physical Books: 29 (51%)
- TBR Books: 5 (9%)
- Fiction: 43 (75%)
- Nonfiction: 13 (23%)
- Blended (F and NF): 1 (2%)
- Translated: 0 (0%)
- Total Pages Read: 20,917 [Differentiates a little from Goodreads, I think because of some of my omnibus editions]
- Shortest Book Read: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss and E.G. Keller (32 pages)
- Longest Book Read: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (901 pages)
- New to me: 33 of 43 (77%)
- Most Read: J.K. Rowling (8); Stephen King (4); Katherine Reay (4)
- Author Gender Split:
- Male: 32%
- Female: 61%
- Multiple: 7%
2018 Comparative Stats
Again, similar to last year, I’ve kept the explanations to a minimum – I think they’re pretty self explanatory.
See that downward trend 😦 Life happens, but I stayed between my stated goal of 60 and my personal goal of 52. I need to work on my TBR list though—I have too many books on my shelf to have only read 5 last year!
I read fewer books but more pages this year. I’m guessing the average page length was significantly higher to have read more this year than in 2017 (60 books) and 2016 (63 books).
Author breakdown shifted back to more female authors then male. I’m working on an overall average since I began tracking and will hopefully have that chart for 2019.
As I said above, I really only try to read at least one nonfiction book a month. I squeaked by this year with 13 nonfiction and 1 blended. I’ll need to add blended as a category next year as I’ve usually just lumped them into both making my numbers a little funny.
I’m glad to see I’ve been just as picky about accepting unsolicited galleys as I have in the past. I’m working on a new version of this for next year even though this is a new version. I’m debating adding self-published metrics. What this doesn’t show is the 6 additional ARC/galleys that I requested from publishers 😀 Of the 98 unsolicited requests, 38 of them were self-published and I only accepted one of those from a publicist (Quietus). Unfortunately, I did not like it mostly due to the setting being Boston and it not feeling authentic.
Top Book Posts
There’s been some change-up in this since the last time I did it. These were my Top 10 book posts published at any time. Clearly 2012 was a great year for me 😀
- Book 272: The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (Apr 18, 2014)
- Book 528: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli (Dec 18, 2017)
- Book 110: The Color Purple – Alice Walker (May 14, 2012)
- Book 115: Farm City – Novella Carpenter (May 31, 2012)
- Book 121: The Absolutist – John Boyne (Jul 3, 2012)
- Book 387: The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood (Oct 8, 2015)
- Book 159: By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept (And on the Seventh Day Trilogy) – Paulo Coelho (Dec 10, 2012)
- Book 45: The Alchemist – Paolo Coelho (Jun 27, 2011)
- Book 102: Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie (Mar 28, 2012)
- Book 251: Seeing (Blindness #2) – José Saramago (Jan 13, 2014)
Top Book Posts Published in 2018
What was surprising about this one was how far I had to go down my book post to find those published in this year. I’ve included the overall ranking in parentheses. I was not impressed with the number on here that I did not enjoy including #1, #5, #6, #7, and the first of #9, but I guess that means I at least got my thoughts out to people to caution them.
- (48-T) Book 536: The Self-Love Experiment – Shannon Kaiser (Feb 20)
- (83-T) Book 553: Dear Mr. Knightley – Katherine Reay (Jun 26)
- (86-T) Book 539: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (#1) – Mackenzie Lee (Mar 07)
- (93-T) Book 554: Grief Works – Julia Samuel (Jun 29)
- (93-T) Book 565: Superhero Ethics – Travis Smith (Aug 03)
- (101-T) Book 550: Quietus – Vivian Schilling (Jun 07)
- (101-T) Book 541: How to Own Your Own Mind (The Mental Dynamite Series #2) – Napoleon Hill (Mar 03)
- (107-T) Book 533: Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (Jan 22)
- (110-T) Book 537: The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower #2) – Stephen King (Feb 22)
(110-T) Book 547: Thriving Through Uncertainty – Tama Kieves (May 16)
(110-T) Book 572: Tip of the Iceberg – Mark Adams (Aug 31)
2019 Reading/Blogging Goals
And last but not least I’m going to throw a few goals on here for 2019. I’m going to keep them simple:
- Read at least 52 books.
- I debated changing my goal of 60 on Goodreads, but decided not to as it’s a stretch goal the past few years.
- Read more nonfiction.
- I read 13 nonfiction books last year, one more than my goal of one-a-month, but I’d like to increase that a little more, maybe 25-33% of my reading, but I’ll leave it at more for now.
- Reach 975 posts.
- This could be a stretch. I’m sitting at 908 (four in the queue). If I read 52 books and post 12 recaps in that puts me at 972.
- Redesign at least one book page.
- I learned how to do float images this past year and I want to try a book cover layout on at least one page.
- Find new book bloggers and interact with them.
- I haven’t done a clean up recently of my RSS feed, but I’m sure it’s sad who isn’t blogging anymore. Plus, you can always use new book blogger friends!
- SUPER STRETCH GOAL: Transition to a self hosted website.
- I’m about 75% confident I can do it on my own, but I just need to set the time aside to do it.
Did you have any surprises in 2018? What are your goals in 2019?