2019 in Books

6 Jan

I read 62 books in 2019. My goal was 52 so I’ve exceeded it by 10! I wasn’t expecting that, especially after missing it by four last year. I’m going to go for 55 in 2020. I know all the long bike rides training for my IronMan 70.3 were a winning contribution. I know I’ll be training for a shorter race, but my longer commute should make it possible.

I read 22,051 pages. This is the fourth year in a row I’ve increased my pages read! I’m really happy with this and I know it goes along with having a high number of books this year.

The shortest book I read/listened to was Ajax Penumbra 1969. This was more of a novella so no surprise there. I could have listened to the whole thing in one long bike ride session! The longest book I read (or listened to) was A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. Again, no surprise. That thing was long! I was glad to get through all those disks. I’m going to have to try to get a digital copy of the next audiobook because it’s going to just get worse from here. This was also the most popular book I read. Again, no surprise here!

My average rating was a 3.6, a tenth lower than last year and the same as 2018. A lot of books got four stars from me this year. Here’s how my ratings skewed this year:

5 Stars: 6
4 Stars: 29
3 Stars: 24
2 Stars: 3

I’m a bit surprised at how many three star ratings I’ve given. Maybe I was a bit harsher this year. Though I did find I was a bit blase about more than a few books this year.

Thanks for taking a look at stats with me! If you’ve been here a while, you know I love numbers and book-related numbers are the best.

Until next time, write on.

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8 Responses to “2019 in Books”

  1. elenasquareeyes January 6, 2020 at 5:47 PM #

    Congrats on beating your goal! That’s always a nice feeling 🙂


    • Sam January 6, 2020 at 7:05 PM #

      Thanks! It feels even better after falling short last year. Happy reading!


  2. nanacathy2 January 7, 2020 at 7:02 AM #

    Well done on surpassing your goal. I read an incredible 74 books, and some very good ones indeed. I choose eight really outstanding ones too. I like the idea of giving books star ratings!


    • Sam January 7, 2020 at 7:32 AM #

      That’s awesome! I’m going to highlight my top 5 soon. It’s fun to look back and remember some great reads. Happy reading!


  3. Rae Reads January 7, 2020 at 4:50 PM #

    interesting recap of your reading for 2019.


    • Sam January 7, 2020 at 5:09 PM #

      Thanks. It’s based on the one Goodreads puts together for users.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Cheryl Malandrinos January 7, 2020 at 10:11 PM #

    Wow! You’ve read a lot. Good for you.


    • Sam January 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM #

      Thank you. I do a lot of audiobooks, haha. Happy reading!


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