I have read a lot this year. In the first 3 months of 2019, I have read a grand total of 59 books which is just wild to me. I have been in such a bad reading slump for the past few years but I’ve really gotten back into the habit this month. There are many things that are the cause of this but I might make a separate blog post about that, if you guys are interested. But in this blog post, I decided to make some really nerdy pie charts summing up my statistics for the first quarter of this year in different categories and finally give you a run down of my top 5 books that I’ve read this year so far. So buckle in for a long ride of pie charts, long winded explanations and a whole lot of books mentioned.
I thought it would be appropriate to start with the ratings that I have given so far this year.
As expected, the rating that I used the most frequently this quarter was 4 stars. I tend to give most books I read between 3 and 4 stars and that range certainly accounts for most of my ratings so far this year. I am shocked about just how many 5 star books I had this year because I usually don’t give a lot of books 5 stars. However, 18 out of the 59 books I read this quarter were 5 star reads which is surprising but I did have a number of rereads this year.
I then decided to break the books that I’ve read down into age range. However, I did decided to split UKYA and USYA here into two separate categories rather than making a whole new chart. I’m not 100% that all of the books I labelled as USYA are all by American authors so I probably should have just labelled it YA from other countries but still.
As per usual, I read a lot of YA, especially USYA. I am however shocked that I read more adult novels than UKYA novels as I usually focus more on UKYA. I really need to read more UKYA clearly and I definitely need to up my middle grade game.
The categorisation for genre here may seem really odd but its how my brain worked. I basically originally separated it into overall categories of contemporary, fantasy and non-fiction but then I decided to separate novellas into a separate category (I don’t know why). The contemporary and fantasy are very loose categories as many other categories went into them such as sci-fi and magical realism.
I wasn’t shocked that contemporary has been my main genre so far this year. I read a lot of contemporary as it is my favourite genre. I was really happy that I have read more non-fiction this year (2 in total) because I normall avoid non-fiction like the plague. I read a number of novellas but this was probably because I read the entirety of the Wayward Children novella series in this quarter.
This category has an odd name but I didn’t know how to categorise it. I basically wanted to figure out how many of my books were review copies, new releases that I bought, backlist titles from past years or re-reads so I just called it source as a general category.
I’m actually really happy with this breakdown. I have a lot of backlist titles that I own that I really want to try get through. I put any proof copies that I had from previous years under ARCs as well rather than backlist so some of the ARC books cover both categories. I had a good ratio of buying new releases versus reading older books that I’ve owned. I am also really happy with how many re-reads I have done this quarter. I had 4 in 3 months which doesn’t sound like a lot but I hardly ever re-read books so I’m really happy with it. I plan on re-reading a lot more this year.
This is a very basic pie chart but I wanted to look into how many books I already owned before this year that I’ve read so far this quarter.
I am kinda disappointed about this. I really need to tackle my physical TBR and read more books that I already own. However, one plus is that I have already read most of the new releases that I bought this year so I’m not adding that many books to my TBR.
This is quite simple as well. I wanted to see how many books I read in physical format, in ebook format or via audiobook.
As someone who usually tends to read mainly ebooks, I’m shocked at how many physical books I read this quarter, however I’m really about it. I am also really happy that I started listening to audiobooks this quarter as I’ve found them so useful, especially when I’m at the gym. In the first 3 months of 2019, I have listened to 5 audiobooks which I am so happy about.
The final graph is one that I could easily predict but it’s a breakdown of how many books by women I’ve read versus books by men. I also added a mixed category due to the fact that I read 3 anthologies this quarter.
As predicted, I read books mainly written by women. It’s not something that I actively always strive to do, but I just feel like most YA is written by women anyway. I am surprised that I read even 6 books by men this year because that’s quite unusual for me.
So that’s the end of the stats but it’s now time for my top 5 books of the first quarter of 2019 (excluding re-reads obviously).
Top 5 Books:
5. The Folk of The Air series by Holly Black
This was a very unexpected addition to this list. I was actually never planning on reading this series but since I was meeting Holly Black this year, I decided to pick the first book up to see what I think about her books. I became quickly addicted to this series. I acknowledge that this series is incredibly flawed but it’s just so fun and addictive that I can’t not love it. I can’t wait for the final book to come out next year.
4. Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
What favourite books list will it be without a Melinda Salisbury book? I am certified Melinda Salisbury trash who will love anything she writes. I absolutely adored this conclusion to the Sorrow duology and I even wrote a full review on it so go check that out if you want to know more of my thoughts.
3. It’s Not About the Burqa edited by Mariam Khan
An adult non-fiction book on my favourites list? Who am I? In all honesty, I was destined to love this book as soon as it was an idea in Mariam’s head. I love Mariam, she is one of my favourite people and the experience reading this book as a Muslim woman was just one of the best experiences ever. I also wrote a whole review where I went into my thoughts on each essay so check that out here if you want to learn more.
2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This was my first ever audiobook that I listened to whilst at the gym and I was sceptical at first because of all of the hype. However, this book was absolutely amazing. I didn’t realise quite how much I loved it until I finished it and craved more about these characters. You know it’s a good book when you have to stop in the middle of your workout just to sit there and listen to the emotional parts near the end of this book. I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone and everyone.
1. Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
I know, I know. I jumped on the Leigh Bardugo train this year for the first time and I’m super late to the game but the Six of Crows duology is one of my new favourite series of all time. I am so mad that I read it so late because it is ridiculously good. I would die for all of these characters and I want more. I’ve been itching to re-read it ever since I finished it in January and I might just give into that urge soon.
So that was my quarter 1 wrap up for 2019. I had so much fun working on these pie charts and all of these stats so I’m going to try and do it every quarter this year. Did you enjoy this post? How many books did you read in the first 3 months of 2019?