My 2018 Reading Stats
255 books across 75,094 pages. Of the 255, 39 were re-reads. A disconcerting number were set in the regency era. (That kind of defined my reading this year. At this rate, I could get into a time machine to 1815 and probably survive quite nicely.)
Average rating: 3.4 stars
Average Book Length: 294 pages
Achievements: I got my to-read list under 900. For like, a day there. Currently at 901.
My Favorite Book This Year: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Read my Mind Blown post tomorrow for why!
Most disappointing book: Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
Since this book received 2 stars, it does not come up again in my posts, so here is the brief version: YA novel with a K pop star love interest? Um, yes. Sign me up! But unfortunately, it was terrible. The end.
Best Re-Read: The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
This was such a hard category. I re-read several books this year that pleasantly surprised me or delighted me as old favorites. However, in the end, this one wins because it wasn’t actually an old favorite. I originally gave it 4 stars but kind of forgot about it. This time through, though, I loved it and won’t soon forget it. I ran through the gamut of emotions reading it. Jaclyn Moriarty really is a fantastic author. Her strength lies in her unique way of telling a story – in this case, through letters between pen pals at two different high schools. Warning: some language.
Best Author: Georgette Heyer
Hands down. She ties with C.S. Lewis for my Favorite Author of All Time, but I did not re-read any Lewis this year. Just Heyer. All the Heyer. (Actually, only 19 Heyer. But still. I re-read 19 of her books this year.)
Best middle school read: All Rise For the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
You’ll find a full review somewhere in my 5 Star reads posts.
Longest Read: Process of Constitutional Decisionmaking: Cases and Materials by Paul Brest at 1,856 pages
A decent textbook but heavy on history over caselaw.
Shortest Read: Thief! by Megan Whalen Turner at 8 pages
But since it was Megan Whalen Turner, those were probably the best 8 pages I read this year. If you haven’t read her Queen’s Thief series yet…go and do.