This post is my follow up to my 2019 reading and includes numbers and some commentary, along with a relook at my goals for the year.
I will revisit goals in a while but I want to just get the numbers out there first. As to numbers, they are as accurate as possible within reason. There are also several issues as to why there may be a discrepancy of a book or two in assorted places, but they are mostly accurate.
Books Read in 2018 by the Numbers
- Finished 155
- Not finished 3
- On pause 2
- Gave up 3
OF THOSE FINISHED:
- Fiction 95
- Nonfiction 55
- Poetry 3
- Graphic novel 27
- Manga 0
- GN Fiction 24
- GN NF 3
- Ebook 98
- Audio 1
- Translation 6
- Together 4
- Re-read 28
- Not in Goodreads 1
Goodreads shows 154 books finished but there is 1 finished that is not entered in GR. Books not finished (on pause or given up) are also not counted in the GR numbers.
The 3 Not Finished books (means that I am currently reading them) are all nonfiction, 2 of which are ebooks.
The 2 On Pause are both nonfiction with one of them being a Together book that I may finish myself.
Of the 3 I Gave Up on 1 was nonfiction; 2 were fiction, both of which were graphic novels.
I also Skimmed one book cover-to-cover that I did not count.
This year’s Graphic Novel count was less than 10% of last year but then last year was a freaking anomaly! I had read a stupidly huge number of graphic novels, most via hoopla, but I read very few that way in 2019. Primarily because I entered the year re-reading so many Salvatore Drizzt novels so I could read the new one coming out (I was already 10 books in at the end of 2018) I read a lot fewer graphic novels.
The one audiobook was a Together book we were listening to (Landmarks by Mcfarlane) about words that precipitated us also getting the book in print, which I read along with as we continued listening to the audiobook. So many of those British pronunciations needed to be seen orthographically, which often led to even more wonderment. How did they get those sounds from those letters? Etc.
Of the 28 Re-reads, all but one were Salvatore’s Drizzt books; all novels except one collection of short stories. The one outlier was a Larson Far Side book. There was also 1 more Salvatore novel I did not count as a re-read as I was not sure if I had read it previously.
2019 Reading Goals
Last year’s reading goals were simple. Goodreads challenge of 100 books with a minimum of 12 translations and to try to keep the translations as a percentage of the total at or above 10%.
The overall goal was more than met. My Translations number totals are only 50% but I suspect I missed noting 1-3 translations. Either way I didn’t make it but then it was an aspirational goal, not a necessary one. Percentage is also low.
2020 Reading Goals
Now to turn to reading goals for this year.
I made my Goodreads challenge 150 books. Other than that I think I am not worrying about specifying any other issues.
Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon is the first book I read this year.
Sara and my first together book of 2020 is Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire, which is a re-read for me (One I have wanted to get back to since I first read it a long time ago.). Pollan is coming to town as a Deschutes Public Library Author! Author! author in early March.
John Buschman’s Dismantling the Public Sphere will be my first professional book for the year.
Other books I hope to start soon are:
Kaufman, Kaufman and Jurga’s The Medieval Fortress: Castles, Forts, And Walled Cities Of The Middle Ages
Douglas H. Chadwick’s The Wolverine Way
Zora Neale Hurston’s Of Mules and Men
And I think that sums it all up. I could babble about distribution of author’s gender or such but I have covered those issues in previous years.