Reading Report 2019

Now in year three of what has become a yearly tradition here is the stats breakdown of the books I read in 2019. After reaching my reading goal of 40 books last year I missed my goal this year. I read 37 books out of my goal of 40. It would be easy to blame the shortfall on the disruptions in my lodgings but in reality I think I hit the same fall wall as I did the previous two years.

Last year I set myself two goals. First to read at least five new fiction authors. I blew through this goal reading 8 authors for the first time. This was greatly helped by my book club at work which is a great way to be forced to read things I might not otherwise find. The second goal was to write a blurb about each book. While I started strong I only did this for the first two months. I am going to resurrect both goals for 2020.

The reading challenge remains a motivation and my work flow for managing the reading list becomes more mature and robust. I’m going to keep the 40 books goal for 2020.

Here are the stats with the change from the previous year in parentheses.

  • Books Read: 37 (-3)
  • Fiction Books: 23 (-5)
  • Non-Fiction Books: 14 (+2)
  • Pages Read: 14,461 (-684)
  • Longest Book: 769 (The Core)
  • Shortest Book: 188 (The Outsiders)
  • Mean Book Length: 391 (+12)
  • Median Book Length: 364 (+18)
  • Month with most books read: February/March/June (5)
  • Month with fewest books read: January (1)

Book List

  • The Calculating Stars Kowal, Mary Robinette
  • Built Agrawal, Roma
  • City of Blades Bennett, Robert
  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes Fagone, Jason
  • Vicious Schwab V.E
  • Under the Dome - Part One King, Stephen
  • The Caledonian Gambit Moren, Dan
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Manson, Mark
  • The Daylight War Brett, Peter
  • Spies of No Country Friedman, Matti
  • Heads of the Colored People Thompson-Spires, Nafissa
  • Tiamat’s Wrath Corey, James S.A.
  • Ball Lightning Liu, Cixin
  • On Desperate Ground Sides, Hampton
  • Vengeful Schwab V.E
  • Sons and Soldiers Henderson, Bruce
  • Sparrow Hill Road McGuire, Seanan
  • Radicalized Doctorow, Cory
  • Under the Dome - Part Two King, Stephen
  • The Skull Throne Brett, Peter
  • Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization Baker, Nicholson
  • The Imortalists Benjamin, Chloe
  • Spies in Palestine: Sarah Aaronson Srodes, James
  • Triumph: the untold story of Jesse Owens Schaap, Jeremey
  • The Core Brett, Peter
  • The Outsiders Hinton, S.E.
  • The City in the Middle of the Night Anders, Charlie Jane
  • Married To The Mouse Foglesong, Richard
  • Fleishman is in Trouble Brodesser-Akner, Taffy
  • Ball Four Bouton, Jim
  • Seven Blades in Black Sykes, Sam
  • Gallieo’s Dream Robinson, Kim Stanley
  • How to Fight AntiSemitism Weiss, Bari
  • The Killing Light Cole, Myke
  • The Testaments Atwood, Margret
  • Guide for the Bedeviled Hecht, Ben
  • The Aftermath Bova, Ben