Number of books read: 200
I intentionally set my Goodreads overall goal low in 2019, at 52 books. I passed that up by summer, and didn't pay attention to it any longer. Then on Dec. 31st, I noticed I had read 199 books. Well. I pulled out one of the shorter books I'd brought home to read over break and powered through it. For the record, I don't count picture books towards my total, but I do count graphic novels, re-reads, audiobooks, and read alouds. Then again, there's an 8 book discrepancy between my Goodreads and personal records, which doesn't bother me enough to spend the time figuring it out.
Average rating: 3.98 or 4.1
My personal rating average is a bit lower than my Goodreads rating average, since I use half points for 3 and above on my own scale, and round up for Goodreads. But yes, I read books I like, and I like books I read.
and because I know you want to know...
Titles I gave "all the stars" to:
This is very subjective. If I feel, in the first moments after reading the book, that five stars is just not enough, then I toss this rating at it. Looking back at all the books I've read, I can see some that now seem like they were as meaningful and wonderful, or even more so, then these, but this was my first reaction. Maybe that means these all have unusually satisfying endings!
The Toll by Neal Shusterman. An amazing finale to a world-class series. Just wow.
Seraphina and Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman. I can't believe I've never read this fantasy author before. I love her world building, her protagonists, and the complications of dragon-human relationships.
Redwood and Ponytail by K. A. Holt is a novel in verse that really engages the emotions fully.
Here is a graphic novel unlike anything I've read before. It shows one location over thousands of years, winding back and forth in time with very little context.
Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee is another middle grade novel that blew me away. I even got it for my daughter for Christmas, despite knowing her love of horror.
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt is simply one of my lifetime favorites, and re-reading it to another class this year had as much of an impact as it always has.
About 1/3 new, another 1/3 a year old, and the remaining 1/3 backlist. This looks a lot like last year's data, but nothing at all like before I started blogging, when it would have been 90% backlist.
This is not a very exciting graph, so I'll just tell you. Half from the public library, 40% from my classroom, and the remaining 10% either owned, borrowed, gifted, or won. Again, this is quite comparable to previous years.
Me and my white American women authors. Sheesh.
Third year in a row when around 65% of my authors were women, 74% of my authors were white, and 82% of my authors were American.
I tracked my familiarity with authors this year, and it looks like it's about half and half familiar and new authors.
And while I need to read a wider range of authors, I do have some diversity represented in my reading. "POV character who is a member of an under-represented group" is a catch-all. Ignore the percentages here, since it's just out of the books I answered this question for, not all the ones I read.
Genres, formats, audience
The numbers add up to more than the books read, because I chose multiple genres when applicable. I've decided to not do that in 2020, which may make me crazy when I read historical mysteries.These stats also don't change much year to year. A little more sci fi and a little less fantasy this year; a little more mystery and a little less contemporary, but my overall preferences remain steady. Within that, I read a lot of YA and an impressive (for me) amount of MG.
Modality UsedJust for fun, here are my 2020 and 2019 pie charts for each of these. That's...pretty dang consistent.
I'll be back soon (well, before the end of January!) with a list of top picks in various categories.
and in case you were lured here on false pretenses, here's another pie and bar.