I bit the bullet yesterday and added all the books I’ve read this year to Goodreads (if you follow my updates there, I apologize for flooding your feed!) Goodreads isn’t perfect, but it is for sure the easiest way to share what I’ve read and loved. and honestly, if I do what many of y’all suggested and just keep up, it wouldn’t even be hard. In addition to the simple count of of books, I really love favorites shelves. I always create one for each year and try to keep it to a dozen or so titles, with only one title per author. Here’s 2019.
I also have one lifetime favorites shelf. This year, I added a whopping five titles to that shelf.
Looking back over those 97 books (and likely a handful more that I’ll finish by next Tuesday to bring the total to a round 100), I feel good about this year of reading. Over 1/3 of the books were non-fiction, nearly 2/3 were “read with my eyes” and well over half were borrowed. The most surprising thing about this year has been rediscovering my love of reading with my eyes. I think this is partly because I like to highlight and make notes in the non-fiction books, especially the spiritual formation ones and it’s just easier to do that with written words. Also, I rediscovered podcasts and that meant less time available to read with my ears. And finally, I think I’m making peace with letting myself buy books again, even paper ones!
While I was sorting through all those virtual shelves, I made a few notes (the links are to my reviews):
Favorite fiction – The World That We Knew.
Favorite non-fiction that (re)shaped me – Falling Upward.
Favorite audio – The Dutch House.
Favorite new-to-me series – a tie between Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie and Ann Cleeves’ Shetland. I still have one more Shetland book to finish and maybe that will help me decide.
Favorite continuing series – Louise Penny’s Gamache (and Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs is a really close second).
Favorite re-read – Olive Kitteridge. I barely gave this book three stars when I first read it in 2016. This time through, I almost gave it five. I love that the book remains the same, but I was a different person reading it.
Favorite surprise – Jackson Brodie. My sister and I are huge Kate Atkinson fans (Life After Life is one of my all-time favorite books) and neither of us had any idea she’d written those books.
Favorite learning about listening – 1.25x speed actually makes the voices sound better.
Favorite new-to-me author(s) – Richard Rohr, Sarah Bessey and Beth Silvers & Sarah Holland (aka Pantsuit Politics).
One of my goals for this next year is to read better and 2019 might be a hard year to top!
…and wow, how did it get to be the last weekend of the year?! Wishing you a good one!