I literally slumped for around 80% of the year.
My goal at first was to read 100 (????) books, but then I lowered it down to fifty. Of course… as it turned out…. I didn’t actually meet my lowered goal either.
Clearly, I know what I’m doing. I’m a 10/10 book reader. I’m amazing at reading all of the books.
Also, not going to lie, but I’ve been avoiding writing this post because I’ve just felt uninspired to??? And I still feel uninspired but I mean… what can you do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- books read: 37
- pages read: 13,420*
- shortest book: The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista
- longest book: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
- most popular: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
- least popular: 500 Words or Less [review]
- average rating: 4.4 stars
If y’all want to see my Year in Review by Goodreads you can view it here! But anyways, apparently The Boyfriend Bracket was 240 pages and I lowkey completely forgot that I even read that book. To be honest, it was really mediocre and had the gay-best-friend trope that was unnecessary.
I LOVED SPINNING SILVER THOUGH. Naomi Novik, my queen. *sighs*
318,899 people also read To All the Boys I’ve Loved before and I feel like so many people read it because of the movie and THIS IS WHAT JENNY HAN DESERVES. (I’m still sad I didn’t like the movie. Noah Centimeter suuucks.)
416 people read 500 Words or Less and that’s kind of shocking?? Less than 500 people read that book?? I just checked its page and… so many of the reviews were 3-stars… that’s unfortunate, but I also rated it three stars lmao.
<span style=”font-size: 10pt;”>*nice.
I think I’m actually okay with this ratio! If you consider that I read 37 books, then that’s 7 books that I read without a diverse mc, and… those might be my school assigned books as well as any others. Soooooo while I’d prefer the ratio from diverse mc to non-diverse mc to be higher, I’m not too upset at myself?
Y’all, please notice that single “114 days” right there. Yes, that was… My So-Called Bollywood Life. Which is 296 pages. IT WASN’T EVEN A LONG BOOK. I just… stopped somewhere in the middle of it for like two months??
AND I ACTUALLY FIVE-STARRED THAT BOOK, SO. (Y’all should read it!!! It’s a cute book with an Indian protagonist and love interest and cast & has themes of Bollywood within it!!!)
Okay, this is like… really confusing tbh because there are so many book that overlap and I don’t even know how to properly organize this in a way that actually shows my statistics accurately, but,
When I put “romance” as a genre in this graph, I don’t mean NA romance books, but rather books that have romance as a central arc or part of the story.
Something that I’ve noticed about my own reading is that I’m less… choosy about which contemporaries I read?? EVEN THOUGH LIKE 99% OF THE TIME I’M IN THE MOOD FOR READING A FLUFFY CONTEMPORARY.
But I feel like I usually won’t read a contemporary unless it’s diverse in some way OR if it just has a really really good nice trope, like fake dating.
Honestly, this is just a weird comment, but I feel like I subconsciously avoid books with white boy protagonists, because… they all sound the SAME TO ME. I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY JUST DO.
Seriously, these stats are lowkey useless because of the tiny amount of books I read. IF I READ 100 BOOKS THE STATS WOULD BE MORE INTERESTING.
I only one-starred one book in 2018! And 62% were five-stars, which is over half, so that’s pretty chill.
I’ve only read one book with an enby author and main character, so I definitely want to increase that number this year. (The book was The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta, by the way and it was AMAZING.)
Also, I haven’t read many books by male authors or main characters compared to the amount of books by girl authors or main character, and I don’t plan on increasing that number, tbh. I’m perfectly content with this.
I feel like I haven’t read as many sequels as I should have?? So many of the books that I’ve read were either the first book in the series or standalones, and then what happens next? I HAVE NO IDEA because apparently I hardly read sequels.
Throwback to my childhood when I would just devour series one after the other :’)
It’s really uncommon for me to reread books, unless they were some of my FIRST FIRST young adult reads like the Hunger Games or The Winner’s Curse or something that I absolutelyyyyy loved, like Warcross!
I reread Warcross this year because I was just so hyped for the sequel :’) also I know so many people hated/were disappointed by Wildcard but LEAVE ME ALONE I LOVED IT OKAY. Marie Lu is like. someone sent from the heavens or something.
I definitely want to read more middle-grade this year!! I mean, these statistics are so easily changed because of my only having read 37 books, but still. Only 9% are not YA? I want to read more diversely across categories!
I’m not surprised that the majority of the books I read were from publishers because I honestly don’t buy a whole lot of books? (even though the second majority was me buying books that I bought. shhhhhh)
I was looking back at my mid-year bookish stats and y’all, I read 21 books the first half of the year. Which means… I read 16 books in the second half. #proudofmyself
As for my stats, I realized that in the other post I included prettiest covers, best sequels, forgettable books, best plot twists, etc etc, but… I mean, I only read 16 books in the second half what do I dooooooo.
Also! Even though I’m saying I “only” read 37 books in 2018, it’s totally valid to have read that many or less. I’m only saying this because I, personally, expected myself to have read more and therefore I was just not meeting my goal of 100 books originally.
For some of the statistics I had literally no idea what I should add on or comment on so… I just left it blank. Have fun looking at my statistics I guess???
I FEEL LIKE THIS POST WAS REALLY SHORT AND NOT INTERESTING. I’m sorry I don’t know what to say that’ll make this post of better than mediocre quality but let’s. move. on.