2019 reading wrap-up!

Hello friends! Today I’m discussing the books I read in 2019! I managed to read 44 books in 2019, which I am super proud about! I think that’s the most I’ve read in a long time.

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Some (a lot of) statistics (because I am a nerd)

Format

  • twenty-four were ebooks
  • twelve were physical books
  • eight were audiobooks

This is the first year literally ever that I’ve listened to audiobooks, and it’s honestly a large part of the reason I was able to read so many books this year. I’ve found what works for me when listening to audiobooks, which I’m super happy about.


Age

  • twenty-six were adult fiction
  • seventeen were YA
  • one was middle grade

Pretty par for the course for me. I tend to gravitate towards adult fiction, as evident here. But this is a lot more YA than I thought.


Ratings

  • ★☆☆☆☆: zero
  • ★★☆☆☆: four, one of which was 2.5
  • ★★★☆☆: seventeen, twelve of which were 3.5
  • ★★★★☆: eighteen, six of which were 4.5
  • ★★★★★: five

Average rating: 3.76

Compared to last year, this reading year was fairly mediocre. Last year, I had nothing rated below three stars, and found several new favourites. This year, I have some new favourites, but it took me ten books to find a five-star read and to be wowed by a book.


Source

  • nineteen were from the library
  • eleven were owned physical books
  • nine were owned ebooks
  • four were audiobooks I listened to on Spotify (reminder that there are audiobooks on Spotify!)
  • one I borrowed from a friend

I’m super happy that most of my books were from the library! I discovered OverDrive this year and have been using it a ton ever since. It’s the main reason I was able to read so much during the year, tbh.

I also got really into audiobooks this year, as you saw above. There are some audiobooks on Spotify, which was great but it meant that Maggie Stiefvater was my Spotify artist of the year.


TBR status

  • thirty were on my TBR prior to 2019
  • fourteen were not on my TBR prior to 2019

I credit a lot of my TBR reads to OverDrive. I was able to find a bunch of books that I wanted to read but didn’t want to own, which is the whole purpose of a library. Also, a lot of the books that were not on my TBR were continuations of series, so they barely count as TBR adds.


Publication

  • four were published in 2019, three of which were debuts
  • nine were published in 2018
  • seven were published in 2017
  • three were published in 2016
  • two were published in 2015
  • two were published in 2014
  • seventeen were published prior to 2014

I’m not really one to read a lot of debut novels, so this isn’t really that surprising to me. I’m also not surprised that, given most of the books I read were from my TBR, a lot of them are older than five years.


Genres (based on Goodreads)

  • eleven were general fiction, two of which were YA and one of which was a short story anthology
  • nine were fantasy, eight of which were YA
  • eight were mystery/thriller, three of which were YA and one of which was middle grade
  • seven were historical fiction, two of which were YA
  • four were non-fiction
    • two were essay collections
    • one was a memoir/true crime
    • one was true crime
  • three were sci-fi, two of which were YA
  • one was romance
  • one was a classic

For someone was says she doesn’t really enjoy thrillers, I read a lot of mystery/thrillers this year. I think it’s because I am convinced I’m going to love mystery/thrillers, so I keep reading them. I’ve found this year that I enjoy a very specific type of mystery/thriller, namely ones where women go slightly insane.

Surprisingly, I read zero graphic novels this year. I think it’s because I rarely get physical books from my library and I don’t really want to buy a bunch of graphic novels but I don’t like reading them on my phone. But I think this upcoming year, I want to make an effort to read more graphic novels.

Anyway, onto the books!


Key

  • (📚) = owned prior to 2019
  • (📖) = on TBR prior to 2019
  • (🎶) = audiobook
  • (🆓) = from the library

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (📚 , 📖): 3 stars
  • Women Talking by Miriam Toews (📚, 📖): 3.5 stars
  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See (📚, 📖): 4.5 stars
  • Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (📖): 3.5 stars
  • Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrande (📖): 3.5 stars
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt (📖): 3.5 stars
  • The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (📖): 3 stars
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Tutrton (📚, 📖): 3.5 stars
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (📚, 📖): 3.5 stars
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (📚, 📖): 5 stars
  • A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard: 4 stars
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (📚, 📖): 4 stars
  • Slide by Jill Hathaway (📖): 3 stars
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (📚, 📖): 5 stars
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (📚, 📖): 3.5 stars
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (📖, 🎶): 4.5 stars
  • Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont (🆓): 4 stars
  • The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neil (📖, 🆓): 3.5 stars
  • The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (📖, 🆓): 4 stars
  • The Boy in the Suitcase by Agnete Friis and Lene Kaaberbøl (📖, 🆓): 3.5 stars
  • The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (📖, 🆓): 2.5 stars
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (🎶): 4.5 stars
  • The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson (📖): 4 stars
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (🎶): 4 stars
  • Columbine by Dave Cullen (📖, 🆓): 4 stars
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl (📖, 🆓): 3 stars
  • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney: 4 stars
  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See: 3.5 stars
  • This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (📖, 🆓): 3 stars
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch (📖, 🆓): 3.5 stars
  • Social Creatures by Tara Isabella Burton (📖, 🆓): 4 stars
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (🎶): 4.5 stars
  • Diva by Jillian Larkin (🆓): 2 stars
  • The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib (🆓): 4 stars
  • A Mind Spread on the Ground by Alicia Elliott: 5 stars
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (📚, 📖): 4 stars
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston (🆓): 4.5 stars
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers (📖): 4.5 stars
  • The Uninvited by Liz Jensen (📖, 🆓): 2 stars
  • Postcards From the Edge by Carrie Fisher (🎶, 🆓): 4 stars
  • The Downstairs Girl by Stacy Lee (🎶, 🆓): 3.5 stars
  • Not That Bad edited by Roxanne Gay (📖, 🎶, 🆓): 5 stars
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (📖, 🆓): 2 stars
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti (🎶, 🆓): 5 stars

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All my wrap-up posts are coming soon, so stay tuned for my favourites and most disappointing reads!

Overall, I’m super happy with how much I read, but was fairly underwhelmed by a lot of the books I read in 2019. Here’s to hoping 2020 is better!


Anyway, that’s my 2019 reading year! How was yours? Did you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Let me know!

Ally xx

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17 thoughts on “2019 reading wrap-up!

  1. I love the way you broke this down! I’m a total nerd too and I love categories so this spoke to me 😀 I used the OverDrive app a lot in 2018 and most of 2019, but lately I’ve switched over to Cloud Library because that’s the app my library has been using.

    If you’re looking for a good mystery/psychological thriller with a female lead, I would highly recommend Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson if you haven’t read it yet. It’s so good! I listened to it as an audiobook over the summer and I still think about it pretty regularly. Also, I had no idea Spotify had audiobooks! That’s so cool 🙂

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    1. Thank you! So glad you relate about the stats lol. The library apps are a lifesaver, honestly!

      Ooooh, thank you for the recommendation! I will definitely look into it! It sounds super interesting!

      And yes!! They have mainly YA and classics, but it’s pretty good for those titles!

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