January Reading Recap

Since publishing my list of favorite books read in 2019, nearly everywhere I go, people make comments about three things: the amount of books I finished last year, the quality of my selections, and how much they want me to write more.  “Amelia”, my friends say, “tell me what I should be reading.”

Well, friends, here I am… but I’m not going to tell you what to read.  Instead, I’m going to tell you what I’m reading and you can do with it as you chose.

Here’s what I’m thinking: Once or twice a month, I’ll do a book-related post.  I’ll list the books I’ve finished, mention what I’ve covered for book clubs that month, and share some casual reviews.  I’ll end the reviews with a recommended audience–that way, you can see if it’s something you’d like.  I’ll also include links to all the titles’ Goodreads pages so you can track things down on your own.

Sound like a plan?

Let’s go.

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Favorite Books Read in 2019

Hello, long-neglected blog.  I may not have been writing this year, but I’ve been reading and it’s time to look back and pick my favorites.

First, here are some big-picture statistics about my reading this year:

  • Total books finished: 140
  • Total number of rereads: 24
  • First time reads: 116
  • Total pages read: 42,329
  • Average rating: 3.79 stars
  • Most active month: June with 18 books and 5,291 pages
  • Least active month: November with 7 books and 2,729 pages

For a complete list of titles, ratings, and formats, download my Excel spreadsheet by following this link.  Or you can check out my 2019 shelf on Goodreads.

A few words about my reading habits… I’m an eccentric reader.  Driven by mood, I pick up whatever book catches my fancy and usually read 6-10 at once.  I have designated books for designated times or places, which helps me cover a wide variety of genres and titles without confusing them.  There’s always a book for reading after breakfast before I finish my coffee. I always have an e-book on my Kindle that I’m only allowed to read at the gym.  (Motivation for exercise that actually works!!).  I usually have an audiobook I play while driving and washing dishes. Then, there’s book clubs. I lead two and am a member of two more. My friends poke fun at me for being over-committed in this arena. (They’re not wrong.)

On to the books!  Many of the titles I’m about to talk about are worthy of critical acclaim, but they’re on this list for one main reason: I liked them.  These are the books that moved me this year.  They are the ones I’m still thinking about.  This isn’t necessarily a list of recommendations. Maybe you’ll like these titles. Maybe you won’t.  My tastes might not match yours and that’s okay.

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Reading Recap: August 2018

With August comes the end of summer reading.  In my last month’s recap, I mentioned a big stack of books in my room I hoped to cover before starting up grad school again.  I made it through everything in my pile except A Room of One’s Own.  After four years away from Virginia Woolf, I thought I was ready to return to her again.  (I even wrote her a break-up letter back in 2014).  Alas, I was wrong.  I guess our reunion will have to wait.

Something I noticed this month was a lack of quality YA and an increase in nonfiction.  Of the YA I read, none really captured my attention.  They all took longer For nonfiction, I read an in-depth analysis of Harry Potter, a book on the Enneagram, and made it halfway through an excellent collection of essays about walking.  (The walking book will have to wait until my next school break to finish.  It’s fascinating, but slow.)

After sitting on my to-read list for many years, I finally got to read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern!  I was so excited about this one, it was my book club pick for the month.  I absolutely loved it.

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Overall Statistics:

  • Number of books read: 10
  • Number of pages read: 3,127
  • Number of audiobooks listened to: 2
  • Number of rereads: 2
  • Longest book: Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  • Shortest book: Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
  • Highest rating: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (4.5 stars)
  • Lowest rating: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastain

Some notes on my stats:

  • Audiobooks are included in total page count.  It takes me longer to listen to a book than read it, so I count them
  • My ratings are on a 5-star system and are ridiculously subjective

If you want more information about each book, follow the links embedded in the titles.  That will bring you to the book’s Goodreads page.


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