Instead of doing a mid year freak out tag, I have decided to do a mid year check in. For this, I will be including stats as well as my favorites and least favorites of the year so far.
In the first half of 2019, I have read 169 books. This puts me at 19 over where I hoped to be by the middle of the year. So far this year, I have only decided to not finish one book. That book was The Girl King and I actually hope to try to read it again at some point.
For the type of books I’ve been reading so far this year, 77 of the 169 have been standalone books and 92 of them have been part of a series.
Each year, I try to reread some of my favorite books. This year is no different. So far in 2019, I have reread 37 books. The other 132 books that I have read this year have been first time reads. Some of the 37 rereads are also books that I previously read earlier in 2019.
I have also been tracking the format of the books I have read this year. For this I have categories for physical, ebooks, audio, ebook ARCs, and physical ARCs. I used to read primarily ebooks, so it has been a little shocking that so far this year, the majority of what I have read has been physical books. Of the books I have read this year, 114 of them have been physical books. For the remaining categories, 5 of them have been physical ARCs, 30 of them have been ebook ARCs, 18 have been ebooks, and 2 have been audio books.
Intended audience for a book is another thing I have been tracking. For this section, I have read 126 Young Adult books, 23 Middle Grade, and 20 Adult books. This doesn’t surprise me as I read primarily Young Adult books in the previous year, but I do hope to read more Adult books during the rest of this year, but I also still enjoy Young Adult and don’t see myself not reading this age range.
The genres of the books I’ve been reading is something I’ve also been curious about. I’m not surprised at all that over half (91 of 169) of the books I’ve read this year are contemporary books. Contemporary is definitely my preferred genre and it shows. For the remaining 78 books I’ve read this year, the amount per genre is as follows:
- 1 anthology
- 4 dystopian
- 37 fantasy
- 20 graphic novels
- 1 horror
- 5 mystery
- 1 paranormal
- 1 poetry
- 8 scifi
Just from the genre chart alone, I have decided to change up how I will be tracking things next year. I found that I have not liked having graphic novels in the genre section. I believe it needs to be a format instead and this will definitely be a change for my spreadsheet for next year.
The last thing that I have been tracking that I will be sharing, is the amount of books I have read each month.
- January – 30 books read
- February – 23 books read and 1 DNF
- March – 29 books read
- April – 17 books read
- May – 26 books read
- June – 44 books read
Looking at the first half of the year, June has been my best reading month based on number of books and April was my worst. I think both of those make sense for what was going on in my life at the time.
I have been tracking one other thing this year, but as I changed how I have decided to rate things partially through the year, I don’t feel as though some ratings from books that were read prior to the change accurately reflect my new way of rating. This will definitely be something I will figure out prior to 2020 beginning and will be something I share next year.
This year has been amazing so far in regards to the books I’ve been reading! I have read some of my top favorite books so far this year and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has to offer. While I have definitely had more than one favorite book each month, if I had to pick just one each month, it would be these books:
- January – A Curse So Dark and Lonely
- February – The Wicker King
- March – Red, White, and Royal Blue
- April – Sky Without Stars
- May – Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow
- June – Fix Her Up
My most disappointing book of the first half is unfortunately King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. This honestly hurts so much to say, but it just didn’t live up to the hype I had for it. I adore all of the previous books from Leigh Bardugo in the Grishaverse, but this one just didn’t work for me as much as I thought it was going to. From reading the previous books from Leigh Bardugo, I knew I loved the characters that were a part of King of Scars. In my opinion, it was pitched as being a Nikolai story, but it didn’t feel like Nikolai’s story to me.
For a book that surprised me, I would choose You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn. I put this book off for the longest time and then kicked myself so much for it. You’d Be Mine features musicians, which is something I find myself leaning towards a lot in stories. I honestly went into it thinking it would be just a cutesy contemporary about musicians. While yes, it is that, this story has so much more to it. It surprised me a little that it deals with topics such as addiction and grief. I really enjoyed how hard hitting this book ended up being and can’t wait for more from Erin Hahn in the future.
How was the first half of 2019 for you?