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2019 Wrap Up

Another year is just about finished, amazing how quickly it goes as we get older! 2019 has been quite a year: my job changed enough that I had to reapply and interview; menopause is hitting hard; my dog had to be put to sleep; my daughter is in her second year of college; I took my first Viking river cruise; and we survived another fire. Whew!

Here's a wrap up of my reading in 2019:

This survey is put out by Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. I've done my best to answer her questions, but I skipped some and have also added in a few of my own.

Total books read: 128 (40,337 pages)
Number of re-reads: 1

Female authors: 85 (66%)
Male authors: 43 (34%)

Non-fiction: 28 (22%)
Fiction: 101 (78%)

Adult books: 69 (54%)
YA books: 59 (46%)

Shortest book: 72 pages 
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill
Longest book: 640 pages The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Countries visited through reading: 58. I did much better at reading books set in different countries this year than last. You can see where I read at my 2019 Google Map 
Afghanistan Australia Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominica, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany,, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, North Korea, Okinawa, Philippines, Poland, Russia,, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somlia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, and Vietnam.

US states visited through reading: 39. I did so much better at reading books set in different states this year than last. You can see where I read at my 2019 Google Map 
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut,, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.
Best book of 2018?
I have never been good at picking one favorite book so this year I choose my favorites in a few categories: 

Book you were excited about but didn't love as much as you expected?
I was really looking forward to reading An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green and just couldn't do it. That made me sad. The other one is Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-Four Books that can change lives by David Denby. It just wasn't what I thought it was going to be so I was disappointed.

Most surprising (in a good way) book of 2019?
I really enjoyed Casey McQuiston's Red, White, and Royal Blue, which I thought was just going to be fluff, but ended up being a romance and so much more.

Book you pushed most people to read in 2019?
I will admit that the books I read this year didn't live up to the amazingness of last year. But, the book I recommended most to people this year is probably The Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See. I am a real fan of her books.

Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
I didn't have an author this year that made me want to run out and read all of their books. But, maybe that's because many of them were debuts. Let's hope that in 2020 they come out with another book and I can gobble it right up.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2019?
Hmmm. This is a tough one. There were many books that kept me up past my bedtime this year: Faye Kellerman's Walking Shadows, Mark Oshiro's Anger is a Gift, and Alan Brennert's Daughter of Moloka'i, and The Toll by Neal Shusterman.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
I am all about covers and am definitely a visual person when it comes to choosing books. The covers I liked the most this year were...

Most thought provoking or life-changing book of 2019?
The books that got me thinking the most were the non-fiction books So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. They both got me thinking about my white privilege, how I speak to other people, etc. Still so much work to do.

Book that put a smile on your face?
I am going to put two books in this category and they are similar. I am not a huge romance fan, but both Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory and Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston were such fun to read. 

Book that made you cry in 2019?
It is not difficult to get me to cry while reading a book. And I usually cry about the good stuff, the touching stuff. This year the book that made me cry the most (and then promptly donate to the cause) was Hero Dogs by Wilma Melville.

New favorite book blog that you discovered in 2019?
I didn't discover many new blogs this year and that is by design. Though I'd love to read many more blogs, I just don't have the time. But, I've enjoyed reading posts by Shelleyrae at Book'd Out. And she's Australian so I get a new perspective on things.

Favorite post you wrote in 2019?
I did so well on my challenges this year, that I am going to choose my #MonthofFaves post about challenges and goals.

Best event you participated in?
I didn't go to any author readings, so I am going to go with participating as a round 2 judge for the CYBILS Awards (children's and YA graphic novels). I am really looking forward to doing that again this year in the YA fiction category.

Reading challenges completed in 2019? Here's a link to my challenges page.

  • A to Z Reading--I read books with titles for all 26 letters by the end of November so I did well on this one.
  • Literary Escapes--I read books set in 39 states and in 58 countries. I feel pretty good about the countries, but wish I had hit more US states.
  • Motif Reading Challenge--I read 10 of the 12 monthly motifs so I didn't complete it, but I came awfully close.
  • My Own Books--I read 21 books off my shelves from March 15 to May 15, 2019, the duration of the challenge. That felt super good to read so many that had been staring at me for so long.
  • Non-fiction
  • I read 27 nonfiction books this year, which is pretty good.
  • YA Award Winners--I read all 11 winners. This isn't a challenge put on by another blogger, but just something that I like to do each year.
  • Diversity Reading Challenge--I read 66 books this year that were "diverse," which means the author or characters were not like me (white, cisgender, heterosexual, female, middle-aged). 
  • Big Book Challenge--I read 8 books that were longer than 400 pages during the summer (this challenge runs between Memorial Day and Labor Day)
Book you feel you should read in 2020?
I definitely feel like I should read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.

Book you are most anticipating in 2020?
I don't have one particular book that I am anticipating the most for 2020. My shelves are filled with potentially wonderful books and I want to get a bunch of them read in 2020. But, I'll confess that I keep eyeing Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys since she is such an amazing author.

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