Reading Stats For the Year Thus Far . . .

Wow, can you believe it’s June already? We’ve officially arrived at the sixth month of the year. Seems a good and proper time to discuss how 2019 has been going so far in the realm of books.

At the beginning of the year I knew I wanted to shift my focus to writing, and so I set my reading goal much lower than usual. The ultimate goal was to restrain my inner book worm this year and finish the year off at just 25 books/graphic novels. Well, with over half the year to go I’m already at 20, so ya see how well THAT plan’s going. πŸ˜‰

So, let’s talk about the books/comics I’ve enjoyed (definitely some more than others) so far in 2019.

I’d say my favorite books I’ve read this year so far go as follows:

Favorite (Fiction) Novel So Far: Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

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I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars. I loved the whimsical and light feel to it, and although I don’t often re-read books, this is one I could see myself one day re-reading. I enjoyed the author’s writing style very much and the sass of the main character. Witches, wizards, fire demons, hat shops and more come together in this enchanting story about a girl who is forced out of her comfort zone by a witch’s curse.

Favorite (Nonfiction) Novel So Far: The Knife Man, by Wendy Moore

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I recently played hostess for the book club I’m in, so I brought a healthy dose of books about true crime, disturbing history and the like to the table to be voted on. The winning book was The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery and it was both informative and disgusting. You can definitely expect a review for this one in the near future. πŸ™‚

Favorite Graphic Novel So Far: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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I enjoyed volume 1 in the beginning of the year, but I just recently got to enjoy the collection of issues 6-8, “Monster-Sized” sort of mini-trade. (I guess there’s been some issues with getting the official second volume out according to my trusted comic book shop lady.) Expect an official review of it soon!

Books That Were Re-Reads: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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This one was a buddy re-read with Cupcakes and Machetes. Just as fun and enchanting the second time around. ❀

Some of my latest reading choices have come courtesy of recommendations by you guys, so I have to give some shout outs for great suggestions to the following blogging buddies:

Suggestion from Precinct1313:

The Coffin Hill series. Great recommendation! I heeded their advice and snagged all 3 volumes. It was a spooky good time with great artwork.

Suggestion from Virtuanaut:

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Rick Remender’s Deadly Class was another solid recommendation. πŸ™‚ I had found a copy at a re-sale book shop after discussing it briefly with Virtuanaut a while back so I made sure to pick it up. I waited until after I watched season 1 of the show and then gave it a read. I enjoyed it and would absolutely like to continue reading the series! πŸ˜€

Suggestion from Cupcakes and Machetes:

Both Moon Called and The Iron Druid Chronicles series came as recommendations from my #1 book pusher, C&M. This girl knows what I like, so if she says read it, I fully intend to do just that (even if it sometimes takes me forever to get around to finally doing it!) πŸ˜‰

Well, that’s it for my 2019 (so far) Reading Stats post. How’s your year in reading been going so far? What has been your top read so far this year? πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Reading Stats For the Year Thus Far . . .”

  1. I also tell you what NOT to read lol. But really, that just makes me all the more awesome since you don’t have to waste your time on garbage OR things that are just MEH.
    This is a good idea but I don’t know if I have the patience to pull off a 2019 reading review. *ponders*

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    1. Haha That you do! πŸ˜› Definitely nice being spared the trouble of wasting my time. πŸ™‚
      And thanks! πŸ™‚ It was kind of fun to look back on the things I’ve read so far this year, so if you do end up doing it hopefully you’ll enjoy it too. πŸ™‚

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    1. I hope you enjoy them both when you get the chance to check them out! πŸ˜€
      It’s been a good year in reading so far. I’ll probably keep at a slow but steady pace for the rest of the year since I have some illustrations and writing I really need to work on, but ya never know! πŸ˜› Hopefully the rest of the year will treat us both to some amazing new books and graphic novels! ^_^

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  2. I’m feeling like I should do a mid-year review myself lol. I also cut back on my reading challenge in order to work on more writing. Have I done that? Uhhhhhhh….lol. I think I’m halfway through, which is great for mid-year.

    I have Howl’s Moving Castle on my list, too! I had no idea it was written by DWJ. I read her Dogsbody back in high school and loved it/want to reread it. That’s something I haven’t really gotten to: my rereads. I had such big plans.

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