Monthly Wrap Up

2018 Wrap Up

Hey frands, we’ve started a new year, so of course it’s time to post my 2018 wrap up! For those of you who dgaf about my entire breakdown, here’s the TL;DR: I read a 134 books for a total of 33,711 pages and an average of 92 pages per day! Continue on if you’re ready for more stats!

My overall goal was to read 125 books and I’m glad I was able to surpass that. We won’t talk about how many books I acquired this year though – because sadly my reading progress isn’t nearly enough to keep up! BUT WHATEVER! Let’s get into the review!

Gimme da staaaats:
Average pages per book: 252
Average books per month: 11
Average pages per month: 2,809
Most books and pages read in: October
DNF: 7

Here’s some stuff Goodreads told me:
Most popular book I read: The Hobbit (tbh I’m pleasantly surprised it wasn’t a Harry Potter book) – 2,615,689 other people read it this year!
Least popular: Chronos: An Anthology of Time Drabbles – 10 other people read it
My average rating: 3.8
Highest rated on Goodreads: Obsidio (also surprised this isn’t Harry Potter)

Moar stats:

This year I decided to track my star ratings and whether the books I read were written by male or female authors. This was interesting, but also not something I enjoyed tracking, so I won’t be doing it again. But there are the results:

Male authors: 58
Female authors: 81
*note: some books get credit under both categories

5 star ratings: 44
4 star ratings: 45
3 star ratings: 26
2 star ratings: 14
1 star ratings: 5

This was a successful reading year in terms of enjoyment, as well as number of books read! I’ve mentioned this before, but I try to read books I enjoy, so I’m not surprised that most were 4 or 5 stars. I want to spend my time reading good books! Really, the star rating is something I just think of in terms of sites for Goodreads, Librarything, etc. because I really just care about whether or not I liked the book and what I liked about it.

Hey, Millie, did you meet your other goals?

BACK OFF!

Er, I mean…so the thing is….

One of my goals was to get my review pile under control. We’re just going to label that as a fail and move on!

I also did some substantial purging this year – I didn’t bother to keep track, but I did do 3 pretty extensive reviews of my shelves and I have some more books waiting to be sold to my local used bookstore.

Most importantly, my goal has been to focus on the books which have been gathering dust on my shelves for years. I’d like a majority of my reads to be part of this “dusty bookshelf” group. I’d be happy with 30-40%. Where did I land?

18 books on my dusty bookshelf. A whopping 13% of my overall books read.

-facepalm-

This is my lowest year yet! And the first year I attempted to better focus on it with the help of my TBR Tear Down challenge. But I enjoyed reading new releases and books that were newer to my shelves, so that’s good! But I pretty much failed my main goal.

TBR Tear Down results:

I’ll state the obvious (which you’ve probably guessed if you’ve read this far) – I didn’t do so hot here.

A quick refresher on the rules: Pick 3-5 books a month (anything that’s been on my shelves for 2 or more years) to read or discard by the end of the month. Buuuuut, there are some exceptions! I’m not going to unhaul any of Tim’s books, nor books that I’m collecting (like Tanith, or books I’ve bought mostly for looks).

In all, I ended up selecting 25 books – here’s the breakdown:

Read: 10 (ouch)
Reread for series: 2 (so that kind of makes my read 8, but I don’t want to admit that)
Unread: 15
Unhaul: 16 (this is good at least!)
Immediate Unhaul: 0 (this is if I know right away I’m not even going to try to read it that month, or ever)

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Here’s to a stronger focus in 2019 on the books I’ve been (mostly unintentionally) ignoring for years! How did you do with your goals? Feel free to leave a link to your post below.

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6 thoughts on “2018 Wrap Up”

  1. Wow that’s awesome how many books you gave 4 & 5 stars to! Honestly my NetGalley backlist is what is really bringing down my star rating lately. I’ve left all the slop books I no longer want to read until last, so many have been 2 star reads. Once I clear them out, I am going to be much more strict with the books I request.

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    1. Yeah I’ve mostly stopped requesting from NG. I’ve had 5 books waiting around forever. Even when they’re good I just tend not to read ebooks. Outta sight, outta mind! But being more selective has really paid off and I definitely think I know my tastes well lol.

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