2018 Reading Stats and Wrap Up

2018 is only the second year I’ve tracked my reading since I was a preteen. I used to strive to read 100 books a year when I still lived at home and would make a grid to color in whenever I finished a book that I would keep in the front of my current journal. But I never thought to track more than the number and I hadn’t tracked even that since I was about 12.

In 2017 I discovered GoodReads and I tracked the number of books I read (63). Because I hadn’t tracked in years I had no idea how much I would read. I set my goal that year to read 17 books in 2017. I obviously did way better than that so I set my 2018 goal to read one book a week. 52 books in 2018. That was the only goal I set and the only stat I tracked.

At the end of this year though I discovered how much more information I wanted about my reading. How many ebooks had I actually read? How many five star reads did I have? Some of that information I could get easily from GoodReads, but other things I had to go through my bookish bullet journal and count up. That is something I don’t want to have to do again. I’ll show you the trackers I made in my bookish bullet journal for 2019 at the end of this post.

Here are the stats I gathered:

Books I read: 135

78 from the library

39 that I bought in 2018

18 that I owned before 2018

I read 32 ebooks and 103 physical books.

Star ratings

✰5✰ 26 books

✰4✰ 53 books

✰3✰ 41 books

✰2✰ 15 books

✰1✰ 0 books

Average rating ✰3.6✰

The longest book I read was The Stand by Stephen King ✰4✰ at 1153 pages

The shortest book I read was Omega’s Fate by Wolf Specter✰3✰ at 47 pages

There were 9 books that I read that had no page count given on Goodreads.

I acquired 122 physical books and by the end of the year have only read 39 of them.

As far as my long term reading projects go I have made some progress in nearly all of them, but not as much as I would like to.

I read 4 more Newberry winners, 3 more books by Lois Lowry, 3 more books about writing, 1 new dystopian, 1 new Fredrik Backman, and 3 new Seanan McGuire.



In 2019 my reading goal is to read 1.5 books a week. That’s 78 books in a year and should certainly be doable. My only other reading related goal is to read at least one book about writing each month. It’s my favorite thing to read about, even when I’m not writing myself.

I’m also hoping to not have to scroll through my Goodreads shelf for hours at the end of next year to find the stats I listed above. I made two spread in my bookish bullet journal to help me track those things ahead of time in 2019. I’ll be tracking:

  1. The title, author, star rating, when I finished it, and what number read it was for me that year
  2. overall number of books read
  3. how many of each star rating
  4. how many DNFs
  5. physical or ebook
  6. library, book purchased during 2019 or books purchased before 2019
  7. how many physical books were acquired in 2019
  8. whether each book was fiction, non-fiction, graphic novel, poetry, etc.






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I can not wait to start using my new trackers and see how they work for me.

And another random stat is that this is my 100th blog post. Hooray!


Do you track anything in terms of your reading?

What are your reading goals for 2019?

See you in the new year


October, November, December Book Haul

In the fourth quarter I acquired 30 books. I’ve only read 1 of these books so far and have started 2 others. Seven of them I received for Christmas, just a few days ago and four others arrived the day after Christmas.

  1. A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson
  2. In the Blink of an Eye by Jesse Blackadder
  3. How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
  4. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  5. The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
  6. Secret Sister by Cherry Durbin
  7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  8. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  9. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. This is the only book from this quarter that I’ve read and I gave it 5 stars, but I’m worried that is only because of how much I loved the characters in the first book and not because the second book deserved 5 stars. I’ll do a reread when my excitement dies down a bit and reevaluate my rating.
  10. Raising my Rainbow by Lori Duron
  11. Spellbound by Christopher Pike
  12. Be Your Own #Goals by Kristen Martin
  13. Tangerine by Christine Managan
  14. Rules for the Dance by Mary Oliver
  15. A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons
  16. Weekly Strategies for Writers by Linda A. Lavid
  17. Self-Editing Fiction for Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
  18. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  19. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  20. On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
  21. An Adventure…That’s for Sure by Donna Wood
  22. My Brother, My Sister: Story of a Transformation by Molly Haskell
  23. Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson
  24. Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
  25. Sane New World by Ruby Wax
  26. The Made Up Words Project by Rinee Shah
  27. Monsterland by Michael Okon
  28. Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon
  29. Pokergeist by Michael Phillip Cash
  30. The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash

So many books that look fantastic in this list. I can’t wait to read them in the new year. What book did you get this quarter that you are still waiting to read?

CHRISTMAS- Some Books I Read in 2018

Today I am not really talking about books. It just ended up being a list of some books I read this year. I chose books whose titles spell out the word Christmas in honor of the holiday today. A simple title, author, and rating. When I looked at Goodreads though I ended up choosing a book that began with each letter without looking at rating or anything else and when I began to enter them in to my blog post found every book was rated either 4 or 5 stars. I must have had a good reading year. I’ll have a post up soon with all of my 2018 reading stats. I hope you are enjoying your holiday!

C- The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer ✰4✰

H- How I Became a Writer by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor ✰4✰

R- Real Friends by Shannon Hale ✰4✰

I- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ✰5✰

S- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel ✰5✰

T- Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie ✰4✰

M- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman ✰4✰

A- Agent Empowered by  Dale Ivan Smith ✰4✰

S- Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer ✰5✰

2019 Goals-Reading and Other

I love to make new goals, at the beginning of a year, at the beginning of a month, at the beginning of a week. I love to try and stretch myself just beyond what I think I can manage. Sometimes I fail and I feel bad for a while before I make new goals to try for. But sometimes I succeed and I see just how much I can actually accomplish when I push myself.

I have made New Year’s Goals for as long as I can remember and there is always a mix of things to strive for when I pick up my pen and begin to write them down. I also, nearly always, end up with 12 goals. It happens unconsciously. I write until I feel done and then I count and, more often than not, I have twelve items.

This year is no exception. I have 12 items on my 2019 Goals list, that I keep in the back of my planner.

Six of these goals are reading or writing related.

  1. Read 75 books. I’m upping my Goodreads reading goal from 1 book a week to 1.5 books a week. I will have read about 130 books this year by the time the year ends so this should be doable.
  2. Read my NaNoWriMo 2010 rough draft.
  3. Read my NaNoWriMo 2012 rough draft.
  4. Keep up on my blog posts. I post Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and have since the end of June 2018.
  5. Complete 2 of the 3 NaNoWriMo events in 2019.
  6. Finish my One Year Adventure Novel lessons.

The other six goals are varied:

  1. Having a monthly date night with my husband.
  2. Getting the spare room cleared out to have a functional playroom for my three year old.
  3. Improving my typing speed.
  4. Losing 25 pounds.
  5. Growing our savings again.
  6. And taking my daughter to at least one new museum. She loves them!

Here’s to a successful 2019! What are some of your goals?

Recent Reads: December 20, 2018

Recent Reads is where I talk about the last five books I finished reading that were not part of a specific tbr.

My Weird Writing Tips by Dan Gutman

I am not the target audience of this book. I thought this was going to be a silly book about how to write creatively and have fun doing it. I was very wrong. I would have known that if I had read the inside flap before bringing it home from the library. But I didn’t so I was disappointed and it was my own fault. This is basically a book about basic grammar and spelling rules. I didn’t learn anything new, but that’s to be expected. It’s a book made for children. I can see my daughter finding it an amusing way to refresh or learn new grammar rules when she’s around seven or eight. I gave it ✰3✰

The Organized Homeschool Life: A Week-By-Week Guide to Homeschool Sanity by Dr. Melanie Wilson

This is a book that features 52 weekly challenges that help your homeschool, home, and life in general run smoothly. It helps you stay ahead on upcoming holidays or other deadlines that you could easily miss or procrastinate on until things are more stressful than they need to be. I found it very helpful though I didn’t get to all of the suggested challenges as I had planned. I will probably work my way through the challenges again year after year to try and keep ahead of life. It’s a great little reminder guide. It is very religion based though so if you’re an Atheist like I am that may be a big turn off for you. I simply skipped the weeks that didn’t pertain to me, while still taking out any of the suggestions that would still apply to my life. I gave this book ✰4✰

The Backstagers Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV

This is a book that has been on my to read list for a while. It really reminded me of the Lumberjanes before I read it and it absolutely still does after reading it. Each character from Lumberjanes has a counterpart here. It’s a story about five boys that work in the backstage portion of a high school theater, but it is filled with magic and chaos. The magic is just as strange and quirky as in the Lumberjanes. The colors are my favorite part though. It is so bright and fun! I gave this book ✰4✰ and plan to read the second volume soon.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

This is the first book in The Dresden Files. There are at least 17 books in the series with what look like a whole bunch of novellas listed on Goodreads. I’ve read the first several in the series years ago when I was working at a library. I thought my husband would like the series too so I ended up ordering the first seven at the end of 2017. This is when I’m finally finishing up my reread of the first book.

In this book Harry Dresden, a wizard who is also a detective, is helping the police with a very violent murder of two and then three people. It feels gritty and dirty and terrible throughout the book.  But there is also a lot of humor and fantastic characters and fun magical descriptions. I enjoyed this a lot when I finally focused on just this book for the Books of Years Past readathon at the beginning of December. I gave this book ✰4✰.

Y: The Last Man, Volume 3: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan

This is book three in the Y: The Last Man series. I gave ✰5✰ to book one and ✰4✰ to book two. We end the second book with two more male earthlings. They are in outer space though and about to land back on Earth. I couldn’t wait to see if they would be killed by the plague too. I enjoy reading about all of the characters in this series and I can’t wait to see what it going on with Yorick’s mother and sister in the next edition. I gave this volume ✰5✰


What have you read recently?

Book Buying Tag

The tag I am answering questions for today is the Book Buying Tag. I found this tag on Maija Reads, but she says it was created by Megan Olivier over on Youtube. There are 12 questions.

1. Where do you buy your books from?

I usually buy my books from Amazon or Thriftbooks.com if I’m shopping online. I pick up books from my library’s small booksale room or Salvation Army on occasion. And we have one small bookstore in town that we go to very rarely, even though I always mean to go more often.

2. Do you ever pre-order books, and if so do you do it in-store or online?

I’ve only pre-ordered one book before. It was Obsidio that came out this year. I pre-ordered it from Amazon.

3. On average, how many books do you buy a month?

It only have data from the past 13 months. Counting them up and finding the average says I’ve bought 10 books each month on average. My highest amount purchased in one of these months was 31 and my lowest number purchased was 3. The 31 book month was when I placed an order from Bookoutlet for the first and only time. I went a little too crazy with the low cost of the books and just bought too many at once. And I’ve only read 2 of those 31 books so far.

4. Do you use your local library?

Always. We’re there at least twice and sometimes three times a week.

5. If so, how many books can you/do you borrow at a time?

The only checkout limit I know of is in the digital catalog. For ebooks we can check out five books at a time and have five more on hold. I don’t know of a limit to the physical books. We tend to hover between 80 and 100 items checked out at once between my husband, my daughter, and I.

6. What is your opinion on library books?

I love them! Especially for kids books. My daughter usually has at least 50 checked out at once and picture books are so expensive. There is no way I could keep up with her reading wishes if I had to buy everything she consumes.

I love the library for myself too, but I like to underline and highlight in my books these days and I obviously can’t do that with a library book. I do read whatever I can get from the library first though and try to only order what is not in the system or books that I want to own to read again.

7. How do you feel about charity shop/second hand books?

I love these too! We don’t have many in the area these days, but our library has a very small room with a few bookshelves of books for sale. If I just want to fill a retail therapy need that’s the place to go. Hardcover are 2 for $1 and paper back are 3 for $1. If I’m not looking for something specific I can usually find something that interests me and the price can’t be beat.

8. Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same book shelf or separate?

Sort of. Whatever I’m currently reading is in a basket on my desk. The things I’m hoping to read very soon are in a pile under my desk. Everything else is on the bookshelf. One shelf on the bookshelf, so far, is for books that I’ve read and plan to keep to reread again at some point.

9. Do you plan to read all of the books that you own?

I plan to, but it will take many years.

10. Have you ever donated books?

I have in the past. There is one library in the area that takes donations year round. It’s out of the way though so we don’t make it there often. I end up putting books I don’t want any more in a box and then the box gets put in the closet and forgotten about for years before we finally do something about it. That happens with everything we plan to donate though.

11. Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

No. We don’t have much in the budget for anything extra right now, so when I can manage to squeeze a few dollars out for buying books I do so with glee. I can’t take that small joy from myself.

12. Do you feel that you buy too many books?

Probably. I bought 121 books in the past 12 months. I’ve finished 127 books so far this year. That sounds great. Except a large portion of those books I read were from the library and some were from my backlog of owned books. I’ll never catch up if I keep buying books at the same rate. I’ll have some more stats about my 2018 reading at the of the month, or maybe the beginning of January.

What about you? Do you buy too many books?

Color Coded TBR (red)

This is an ongoing project to clear my backlog of books on my bookshelves. I’ll show you the list of books I chose today and after I’ve read them, I’ll come back and tell you what they are about and what I thought about them. This time I will be reading books that are red.


The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Dark Inheritance by Chris D’Lacey

How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson


A Dark Inheritance and How to Buy a Love of Reading  were purchased in 2018 but the rest were purchased years ago. The Secret Garden  is a book I enjoyed as a child, but haven’t read in at least two decades at this point. The Number Devil  is a book I read once several years ago at the request of my husband who is a fan of numbers and this book.

I’ll be back with my thoughts on these five books once I’ve finished them all.

Have you read any of these books before?