Welcome to my first yearly wrap up of my blog! Overall, I had a great reading year, despite a few slumps. I was finishing up my last year of grad school and still managed to read a lot, even though it felt like I wasn’t reading “enough.” This is a great example of how I can be unnecessarily hard on myself, because I ended up reading 78 books. I read some great ones, which is reflected in my 4.1 average star rating, and discovered some new favorites. As a lover of quantifiable progress, I made a few charts to help me recap my reading year.
A significant portion of my fantasy reading for last year was my Harry Potter re-read, but 2019 was also the year I discovered Brandon Sanderson and vowed to read everything he has ever written. I’m interested to see what the breakdown will look like next year. Also, I originally had general fiction separated into “contemporary” and “literary,” but that felt elitist and weird, so I ended up grouping them together. In general, if I had trouble determining what genre a book fell into, I checked Goodreads to see what it had been shelved as the most often. It’s probably not the most accurate approach, but otherwise I would have been forever paralyzed by indecision.
I’m wondering if I was too generous with my star ratings last year. I even went back and downgraded some five star books to four star books, and now I’m thinking I should have downgraded some four star books to three stars. Maybe the real problem is that my star rating system is wildly inconsistent and I need to establish a stricter rubric.
And finally, the graph that ignites the most angst inside me. September and October were such rough reading months for me. Not only was I working on classes, but I also transitioned to a new job with an unpredictable schedule, which totally disrupted any habits I had actually formed. I also blame the beginning of my reading slump on Stephen Chbosky’s Imaginary Friend. I was loving the book up until I figured out where Chbosky was taking the story, and then I started to get worried. By the last 200 pages or so (this is an absolute tome), I was clicking through on my Kindle faster than I could actually read the pages because I just wanted it to be over with.
Here’s to more reading in 2020!