Wednesday, January 8, 2020

My Year in Books 2019

I had a goal of 150 books in 2019 and read 152. I have kept the same goal of 150 for this year.

The Numbers:
Pages: 39,272 (approximately)
E-books: 22
Print books:  6
Audiobooks:  124

This year’s favorite “The Way of Kings”, the first book in the Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson. I am definitely going to read all the books in this series in the coming year. On Good Reads, it was the highest rated book I read also. Very well deserved. Another new series for me, “The Blade Itself” by Joe Abercrombie, was another favorite of mine that I intend to continue this year.

Favorite Reads of 2019:

I continued reading new books from several of my favorite series. “The Cat in the Stack” series by Miranda James, “Library Lovers” series by Jenn McKinlay, “Agatha Raisin” by MC Beaton, and “The Puzzle Lady” by Parnell Hall, are a few. Of course, I continued the “Mystic Bayou” and “Southern Eclectic” series by Molly Harper.

I listened to the first book in the “Super Powereds” series by Drew Hayes in 2018 and continued with books two and three in 2019. I am currently listening to book four – it is over 60 hours long – wish me luck!

New Series:
The “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy by Kevin Kwan was a great series. I don’t know if more are planned, but I will continue reading them if they are written.

One of my favorite authors, Molly Harper, started a new series this year, “Sorcery & Society”. There are two books so far and I read them both.

Another of my favorite authors, Marissa Meyer, began the “Renegades” series. I have read the first two books and will read the third this year.

Stand-Alone Books (or at least so far, they are stand-alone):
“Circe” by Madeline Miller
“Fuzzy Nation” by John Scalzi

Non-Fiction favorites:
“Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by Irin Cameron & Shana Knizhnik
“Chasing New Horizons” by Alan Stern & David Grinspoon

Thumbs Down:
Nothing stands out as being a totally bad read in 2019.