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2019 Reading Challenge

I read a lot of books last year! 319, to be exact. Over the next two weeks, this blog is going to be all books all the time as I review the best–and worst–reads of 2019. I have posted my favorite and least favorite reads for six years now, but this year broke a lot of records. So, to help make it more manageable, tomorrow I will post a schedule with what to expect over the next few days. 

Until then, here is a recap of my year!

My 2019 Reading Stats

319 books spanning 91,483 pages. Of the 319, 58 were re-reads

Average rating: 3.3 stars.

Average Book Length: 286 pages.

To Read List: Jumped from 901 to 979. Whoops.

My Favorite Book This Year: Probably Sanditon by Jane Austen and Anne Telscombe but I will have an entire post listing my favorites. 

Most disappointing book: The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich 

Best Re-Read: Either Bargain Bride by Evelyn Sibley Lampman or The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis 

Most Read Author: Georgette Heyer (27 different books!)

Best New-To-Me Author: Mary Stewart   

Best Middle School Read: The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty

Longest Read: Understanding Immigration Law and Practice by Ayodele Gansallo at 736 pages (and yes, it is a textbook, but I read it!)

Shortest Read: On Fairy-Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien at a whopping 27 pages

Most Popular Read: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (a re-read) 

Least Popular Read: Mae Om Ki: The Life of the Forest and Ideals of the Justice System by Laofang Bundidterdsakul (I will never again complain when people misspell my last name.)


10 Years on Goodreads!

10 years ago, my sister got a Goodreads and recommended I make an account too. My reading has never been the same. 

For those of you who don’t know, goodreads.com is basically social media for books. You can add books you’ve read, mark books want to read, write reviews, read others’ reviews, find books like the books you love, stalk authors…etc. I love how it allows me to categorize books and neatly keep track of things. It also helps me discover new books or shy away from a book based on a negative review from someone I trust.

If you have an account, be sure to friend or follow me

In honor of 10 years, I thought it might be fun to run through a few stats. Over the last decade I have:

  • Added 3,057 books to my read, to read, currently reading, or not going to finish shelves 
  • Marked 2,097 books as read (most of them read over the last 10 years but not all since I did add some books from my grade and middle school years) 
  • Wrote 1,619 reviews of those books
  • Rated 1,849 books (average rating 3.33/5 stars)
  • Made 858 friends 
  • Created over 124 ‘shelves’ to categorize my books
  • Designated 81 “favorite” authors 
  • Spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours happily content in my little book themed world

Yay 10 years!


2018 Reading Stats

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.


Under 900. Ish.

For a glorious week or two, I kept my to-read list under 900 books. 

Then I looked today and somehow it reached 901 again. It keeps doing that. 

I think I just must accept the fact that while I am in law school, I am unable to keep my to-read list manageable. There are just too many good books. For every 1 book I read, I hear about 5 others worth reading. 

Some day, when I am out of law school (or maybe retired), I will have enough time to add all the books to my to-read list I want while still keeping the list manageable. It will be like eating all the chocolate cake you want because you also work out and calories don’t count.

But healthier, because books. 


Buy ALL THE BOOKS (just kidding, Mom. I didn’t buy any books. Today.)

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The To-Read List

I am soooooooooooo close to getting my to-read list under 900 (currently at 904!) that I have forbidden myself from adding books to it. 

However, this is me, and if I’m not collecting physical books I sure am collecting recommendations for books. I tell myself it doesn’t count if they don’t go on my to-read list. I’ve currently got a stack of sticky notes and 3×5 cards floating around my apartment with books I want to read but refuse to mark. 

This is, of course, not efficient. What is the plan once I’m under 900? To add them all at once and go up over 900 again? To add them slowly as I finish books and risk losing them? Does this hard commitment to 900 mean I will perpetually remain under 900, or will I be flexible and perpetually striving to keep it under? Am I striving for 900 or 899?

These are the things that keep me up at night.


Obscure Books

Bronze Age America
Humor: A Critical Analysis for Young People
Poems of Abraham Lincoln 

What do these three books have in common? They’ve been on my to-read list forever and I never thought they’d leave. Until today. 

Folks, I’ve made the most glorious discovery. Admittedly, it is one that should have occurred to me last year: I have access to multiple libraries through my university. Actually, not just my university, but all the libraries in all the state schools across my state. All mine! 

I started searching some of the more obscure tomes on my to-read list and I have been delighted by the results. This is dangerous, folks. This is power.