March has come and gone and with it many changes both personally and globally. It’s crazy to think that things mat be a little funky for some time now, but as long as we all work together and work on staying as positive as possible we will make it through. Now to the reading and blog related things I achieved this month… both have experienced a bit of disturbance among everything but I am hopeful that April brings a touch more of a flow.
January’s Year-a-thon theme was to choose a colour and then read books with that coloured cover. For this I chose Black. I felt like this left me with a lot of options of books to choose from.
Books I completed:
Books I’m still reading:
all up I completed 4 books and am continuing on with 6 for a total of 1,500 pages!
February’s reading dates are 10th – 16th and the theme is Finish that book or series. Which is a theme I am very excited about!
Did you participate in January’s Year-a-thon? What did you read?
2019 was definitely one of my best reading years. I read far more books that I ever anticipated reading over the course of 12 months and I have enjoyed my time more than ever when I pick up a book.
I love seeing the Goodreads wrap up on reading, its quite different to the stats I personally record as well as saving me the time of calculating how many pages I read in 2019 (a WHOPPING 34,805) I can’t even fathom that.
I plan to begin recording my yearly stats so that at the end of 2020 I can compare the last two years in reading.
Looking at the graphed reading it feels really good to be making a dent in my backlist of books with 73% of the books I read in 2019 being backlists. I am really happy with the percentages here!
From this data I learned that my ratings are quite high, giving the majority of my reads 5 stars. I don’t know if I just had a really good reading year or if I am just not critical enough of what I am reading. This data can definitely help me to think more thoroughly through my ratings in 2020.
I love this data so much. It really shows the months where I was super motivated to read (or participating in a readathon) and which months I just felt more slumpy. I was definitely having a rough time getting into it at the beginning of the year and really wasn’t feeling it during May or June either.
Although I still read mainly Fantasy books (over 50%) I think this graph would have indicated an even higher percentage of of fantasy in 2018 (if I’d been tracking my reading) 2019 has definitely seen a growth and diversity in my reading that I’m not ashamed to say that I am proud of.
Finally, my favourite books of each month. Some months it was so difficult to choose a favourite and others I knew it as soon as I finished it.
Favourite Read of 2019
Hands down this is my favourite book I read in 2019. Alaska is somewhere I have wanted to visit for the longest time. Something about it just really pulls me in. When I saw that this book was set in Alaska I knew it was one I must read. When I then saw that the main male character was an Alaskan Bush Pilot I was 100 percent in.
This book did not disappoint and it is one I am looking forward to revisiting in 2020!
Daisy Jones and the Six was the first Contamporary book that I read that hooked me since I was a teenager. I devoured this book and was in love with the characters. It really allowed me to see the merits in the contemporary genre the I was stubbornly refusing to see.
I am so glad that I gave this book a go and dived deeper into the contemporary genre as a whole.
How did your 2019 of reading look?
As we enter the last month of 2019 I can feel myself looking ahead to 2020. I want to stay in the moment and reflect as opposed to future plan and rush. Considering I got married in November I should really take a moment to look back and reflect on the wonderful three weeks that followed…So with that here’s a look back at what I read in November.
I didn’t get nearly as much reading done as I thought I would this month, but with everything going in its not that big a surprise.
I know its a reread and I know its a polarising book, but its just so nostalgic for me.
This is a new addition, but this photo just brings me so much joy!
Spring has well and truly sprung and the days are getting longer and hotter! I feel like I definitely do less reading this time of year with so much going on at work, holidays coming up and things to organise so I am thankful for any time that I get to read.
I ended up reading 10 books this month, which is way more than I thought I was going too!
I absolutely LOVED reading ‘The Simple Wild’ by K.A. Tucker. I honestly wanted to start reading it again as soon as I’d finished!
Its that time of the month again… Wrap up time! So lets just straight into it!
Throughout September I managed to finish 8 books as well as DNFing one. I decided to put down ‘Sorcerer to the Crown’ by Zen Cho, I’m not sure if I’ll come back to it or not, but for now its been DNF’d.
I also listened to 3 of this months books using Audible and Scribd, those books were ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ by J.K. Rowling, ‘Muse of Nightmares’ by Lani Taylor and ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller.
What a month! Everyday May is over and to be honest I’m sad to see it go! I wish that I could sustain blogging every day for 365 days a year however I have a full time job and I’m planning a wedding this year so the reality doesn’t agree with the dream.
This means that June will bring up back to regular scheduled programming with posts every other day.
Ambitious I know!
This month I ended up finishing 5 books. I don’t think its too bad, but I was definitely hoping to get through more. I finished ‘Cucumber Quest: The Ripple Kingdom’ By Gigi D.G. and ‘Queen of Shadow’ By Sarah J. Maas. I then sped though ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan, before finishing off the month with Spider-Gwen and ‘Everblaze’ By Shannon Messenger.
Sustainability as a Book Lover?
Oh my gosh, February has come and gone. I definitely didn’t get as much reading done as I would of liked but I’ve still done some which is what matter!
I ended up finishing ‘Crown of Midnight’ By Sarah J. Maas at the start of the month and proceeded to spend most of the month reading ‘Heir of Fire’ By Sarah J. Maas. These books are monsters and they really take me a while to get through, so instead of moving straight into ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas I decided to read something lighter and completed ‘Fence’ Volumes 1 & 2 By C.S. Pacat as well as ‘Bloom’ By
So this was a feature I have now transferred to my weekly updates but will still be posting into these monthly wrap ups. I’ve also started the ABC Book Challenge which will be a feature on my blog for a while. When it comes to life, things got pretty hectic in February and will be hectic for a while longer. We are in the process of moving, which is definitely not my favourite thing to do! But on more of a positive we have managed to book a photographer for our wedding which we are both really excited about! So its been a but of a crazy mixed bag these past four weeks!