Mid-Year Review| I’m Doing Better Than I Expected!

Oh hello.

I thought it was about the right time of year to take a look at all the books I’ve read so far this year, different stats about them, and see if they fit into my reading goals for the year. I already know somethings but I think this should be interesting to take a look at!

!! For some reason this first part with all the books looks v not cute unless you actually go to my blog site, sorry about that I don’t really know why it’s doing that or how to fix it !!

Here are all the books I’ve read so far this year:

Books with a * link to my review

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THAT’S SO MUCH!!! Guys, this is the most I’ve read in years. I’m actually amazed. I’m now going to go over some statistics that I think are interesting.

Books Read: 49

Number of Pages Read: 18,942

Average Length: 386 pages

Average Rating: 4 stars

Shortest Book: 94 pages (Road to Winter)

Longest Book: 850 pages (Outlander)

Most Read: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Least Read: Anonymous Noise

So those are some stats that I was able to get through Goodreads. But, I was also interested in things like which author gender do I read more, which ethnicity do I read more, which genre I read more. Things like that.

Author Gender Graph
Author Ethnicity Graph
Book Genre Graph
Book Type Graph

Most of these statistics don’t surprise me too much. Something that I noticed, and didn’t exactly realize before I started looking at all the books I read, is that I mostly read books written by female authors. I don’t know if it’s because I am attracted to those books because I’m female, or if I prefer their portrayal of female characters better, I’m not entirely sure. It’s probably both of those things plus a bunch of other things combined. I do want to start reading more books written by men, because I know there are a lot of good ones out there. For some reason though I never reach for one.

Some things I do want to work on, based on these stats, is:

1- Read more books written by PoC. It sucks that I have to go out of my way to recognize that I’m not reading enough books written by PoC and to read more. If you have any favorite PoC authors please let me know!!!

2- Read more physical books. Now, I am in school right now so it’s just easier for me to pop on an audiobook while I’m at my internship, or driving around, or walking to and around campus. But because of that it’s gotten soooooo damn hard for me to find the motivation or desire to pick up a physical book.

3- Read stuff other than fantasy!! Let’s face it. I’m not going to start reading less fantasy. I don’t think I could do that to myself without making reading something that isn’t as enjoyable. BUT. I could more consciously pick up books from different genres. I want to read more historical fiction and mystery books in general so hopefully that won’t be too hard.

Speaking of what I want to work on, let’s look at my reading goals for 2019 and see how I’ve been doing.  

Reach my Goodreads reading goal. Considering I’ve read 49 books so far this year, and I ended up extending the Goodreads goal to 75 books, I’m doing pretty damn well! Go me!

Read more:

            Mystery – I’ve read none.

            Thriller – I’ve read none.

            Historical Fiction – As you can see from the graph, I’ve read 2.

                        Outlander

                        Olivia Twist

            Science-Fiction – I’ve read a couple!

                        Renegades

                        Ruby Red (fantasy/scifi)

                        Sapphire Blue (fantasy/scifi)

                        Wildcard

            Non-Fiction – I’m currently working my way through Becoming! It takes me a lot longer to read non-fiction than it does fiction though.

Participate in more reading challenges and readathons. I did the OWLs readathon! The thing with being in school is that I don’t have the time to dedicate to reading a bunch of books in a week or two. It stresses me out to have a large-ish TBR that I know I can’t get through. ALSO! The day I’m posting this I’ll be doing a 24-hour readathon. I might even write a blog post on it!

Finish series. I think this is what I’ve done the most successfully so far this year! Here are all the series I’ve finished:

            Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor (duology)

            A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah Mass (trilogy)

            The Belles – Dhonielle Clayton (duology)

            Warcross – Marie Lu (duology)

            Seven Realms – Cinda Williams Chima (4 books)

            Red Winter Trilogy – Annette Marie

So, there are clearly some things that I need to work on. These mostly have to do with the types of books I am reading and the authors I am choosing to read. Other than that I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job on my reading goals so far this year!

How have you been doing on your reading goals?

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