My 2019 Reading Year

I had a pretty good reading year in 2019. I discovered a new favorite in January and ended the year with a slump. So my reading was all over the place last year, but overall still pretty good.

In 2019, I set my Goodreads goal to 50 books and I read 52 books. My total pages read came to 14, 874.

Longest book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

I had started rereading the Harry Potter series by listening to the audio books for the first time. I finished the series in 2019. The audio books are so good. Especially this one. I was crying. I didn’t have a physical reaction to any of the other books (except Prisoner of Azkaban because it makes me really mad), but this one had me crying because it’s such a huge emotional roller coaster. I died. Just a little.

Shortest book: The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

I borrowed this little book from the library as an e-book. It’s The Cruel Prince but from Taryn’s perspective. Except it’s much shorter because mostly it’s her explanation of why she did what she did. I think. I read this a while ago, so I don’t remember all of it.

Favorite Book of 2019! (and the books at the bottom lol)

My average rating for 2019 was 3.9 stars and the highest rated book (on Goodreads) that I read last year was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I had some real gems in there last year, but I’m not going to lie, there were also a lot of books that were Not That Great.

I think my favorite book was Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. I didn’t have any expectations going into this book. I believe this was the author’s debut novel and, while I’ll admit there were a few things that could’ve been better, I absolutely loved it. It’s a viking type novel about two clans that fight each other every five years in the name of their gods. It’s about family and features a super strong, bad ass female main character. And! It has one of my favorite tropes…enemies to lovers.

I can’t choose my least favorite book, so I decided to name a few that I just really didn’t like. Atomic Marriage by Curtis Sittenfeld. I will read anything from this author because I fell in love with their modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, titled Eligible. But this was a no for me. It’s only available in audio format on Audible and it’s performed by Diane Lane, one of my favorite actresses. The actual content isn’t something that really attracted me, but I thought that I would at least enjoy it. No. I did not. I don’t think I’m the targeted audience for this, so that might be a factor. Though, I don’t think that should affect my opinion of a book this much.

Josie and the Pussycats, Volume 1 by Marguerite Bennett was a complete disappointment. How to Walk Away by Katherine Center just didn’t vibe well with me. I’m not someone who typically reads adult romance like this and I feel like the genre isn’t for me.

I was really happy with how my year went in terms of reading. (If you want to see how the rest of my year went, you can check out my look back on 2019 here!) I started some series, I finished some series, I even had time to reread some books. I had some periods where I wasn’t really reading anything and times when I couldn’t stop. So very hectic lol. But still great!

I’m very excited for all the books in 2020! I’m excited to read new books and old books and pretty much all the ones on my shelves! yes. very very excited.

thanks for reading friends!

love, lece


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