My 2019 Reading Stats

I was aware during 2019 that my reading experiences weren’t reaching the highs that other years have. I put it down to me being disgruntled about things in general, but mainly the news in the UK and elsewhere. I read fewer books than I had since joining Goodreads, but still more than my Goodreads Challenge which was 100, I read 111. I thought that maybe I had actually read more pages as quite a lot of my reading seems to have been of chunksters, but no – I read fewer pages than ever before, but that was still 32,492 pages. Oh well, who cares, it isn’t a race! If you’re interested you can look at the books I read here.

I read 39 books by male authors and 72 by female authors (unusual for me as it usually inadvertently ends up being a fairly even score.)

Books by Scottish authors – 22 (must do better)

Books supposedly for children
– 14

Vintage crime – 8 (must be the lowest ever and could be the source of my reading woes)

classics – 21

contemporary crime – 6

non-fiction – 14

books in translation – 8

historical fiction
– 14

The book that most disappointed me was (it might be a shock to some) One Hundred Years of Solitude. It’s a complete mystery to me why that book is so popular.

Despite moaning about it being a bad year reading wise for me there were several that I felt really lucky to have found.

I loved Hilary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety.

Also Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses series.

I read some Edna O’Brien books and wondered why I left off reading her for about 30 years.

I loved reading Lucy Mangan’s Bookworm

Hmm, maybe it wasn’t such a bad year for books after all. How was your reading year?

10 thoughts on “My 2019 Reading Stats

  1. I am curious as to how many hours a day you spend reading.

    Despite being retired now for a couple of years I cannot happily settle down with a book for more than an hour. Somehow reading does not count as a productive use of life! Don’t misunderstand, I think that logically it is a form of relaxation and thus useful. It is me who is at fault and cannot relax. Work made me like that unfortunately.

    Now, how to get over the illogical guilt….

    • Hamish,
      I usually read for an hour in the morning and maybe a couple of hours in bed – or even more if it’s an unputdownable book. But it really depends on the weather, if it’s snowy I’ll read a lot more as there’s not much else I could be doing. I read if I can’t do anything in the garden due to the weather. I suspect that you are suffering from a surfeit of Calvinism/Presbyterian upbringing! I used to be awful, but I got over it. I still feel really guilty if I come out of seeing a film and it’s still daylight outside, even with our long summer evenings in Scotland.

      • You hit the nail on the head. My wife and I bemoan the different work ethics between the generations (a huge generalisation, I know).

        I am forcing my way through Lord of the Rings at about half an hour a day average. But on the exercise bike, weekdays, I get half an hour of audiobook, currently The Singing Sands by Josehine Tey. I gave up on the previous one, The Daughter of Time.

        • Hamish,
          Josephine Tey isn’t one of my favourites but I did like The Daughter of Time which is so unlike her others. I have a nasty feeling that I gave up on The Singing Sands, and I rarely give up on books.

          I think that a better work/life balance is needed for some people. My brother is coming up to retiring age but he is bored to death during holidays and is now thinking he won’t retire, which seems crazy to me.

          • Finally catching up with this end of year post! I wish I could find that many hours to read in a day. Most days I’m lucky to read for an hour. I thought that when I retired I’d read more but somehow other jobs and activities fill up the time. I don’t think my Presbyterian upbringing is part of it, because I don’t feel guilty about going to the movies during the day, nor about wasting a lot of time on my computer – reading blogs, reading emails, seems OK too!! I really need to get over this.

            As for the younger generation. I know many young people born in the 1980s who work very hard, including my daughter who struggles to keep her hours down. I seem to remember the older generation speaking about my 50s-born generation in the same way – those hippy, flower-power dole-bludging people, etc etc.

            Anyhow, that’s a great reading achievement for the year.

          • Whispering Gums,
            We don’t know where the time goes and like many retired people just don’t know how we managed to fit in work.
            An old friend of mine recently had a good old moan about the young people of today – but as I pointed out to her, the Greeks and Romans were moaning about their younger generations in ancient times. It probably says more about the moaners than anything else!

  2. That doesn’t sound like such a bad year reading-wise. Maybe all the other things going on cast a shadow over your books? Whatever the case, I hope 2020 is off to a good start!

    • Stefanie,
      I’m reading three books at the same time, something I never do and won’t do again. Part of me thinks I should avoid the news as it never seems to be good, but the other half of me is quite addicted to knowing what’s going on. I don’t believe in astrology – but I am a gemini – twins!

  3. Thanks for letting us peep at your list.
    I read 88 this year. Lowish for me, but as you say, it’s not a race, even with myself. :^)
    As usual, 1 out of 3 were rereads. 61 authors. 24 new-to-me authors.
    essay collections 2
    memoirs/bios/journals 20
    mystery 36
    novel 19
    play 2
    poetry 1
    romance 4
    other non-fiction 4

    • Susan D,
      I don’t do many rereads, except if it has been decades since I read it and I don’t remember the details. That’s a nice balance of reads in your year though. I don’t think I read so many new-to-me authors, but I never thought of counting them, and I should have.

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