Halfway There: A 2019 Reading Check-in!

I can’t believe we’re approaching the halfway point for the year!  I thought it would be fun to take the time and check-in on some stats and favorites for the year so far.  What are some of your favorite reads or surprising revelations from your own 2019? Share in the comments!

Shout out to Kaleena at Reader Voracious for her fantastic Book Blogger Spreadsheet!  It’s been a great resource as I track my reads and many of the graphics below were generated by her document!

Goodreads Challenge: 34/50 Books Read
Considering last year I read 43 books for the full year, I am HIGHLY pleased with this number being so high at only halfway through the year. Blogging has been motivating, if nothing else!

Favorite 2019 Release: SEVEN BLADES IN BLACK by Sam Sykes AND SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson
I couldn’t choose, I love them both for totally different reasons!

Favorite Backlist Read: FOUNDRYSIDE by Robert Jackson Bennett
This was a competitive category, but I had to choose FOUNDRYSIDE for the magic system alone, it is just too much fun.

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Look at how beautiful that is!  Completely unintentionally, I have managed to keep my reading to a 50/50 split on Backlist vs. New Releases.  That’s 17 books released pre-2019 and 17 books that are 2019 releases.

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I was a bit surprised at first HOW hard my genre skewed fantasy, though upon reflection, it does make sense, especially given that my YA reads tend to be fantasy.  Final numbers breakdown: 22 Fantasy, 9 Sci-Fi, 2 Contemporary, and 1 “other” which I think was a thriller read.

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Over half my reads (20) have clocked in at 4 stars or above!  I’m sure some of that has to do with backlist catch ups that I’ve seen other people raving about, but it’s good that I haven’t been disappointed!

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But how are those ARC reads going? Liiiittle more of a mixed bag. The above encompasses all books I’ve ever requested from NetGalley and Edelweiss (and doesn’t include ARCs from cons or directly from publishers). Edelweiss may look bad, but the reality is that I was approved for several books that have fall release dates, so they haven’t made it to the top of the stack yet. NetGalley is far more reasonable, in my opinion, and I’m perfectly content with my progress.

And that’s a peek into my 2019!

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  1. I’m really impressed by your backlist reading, what is your secret?? That’s something I need to work on. Obviously it involves requesting less books😁

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    1. *glances at ARC list* Yes…requesting less books, that’s the key….

      Actually getting ARCs for sequels releasing this year has been helpful in motivating to read the first book that’s been on my list forever!

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  2. Wow this was such a fun post to read! Good for you, 34 books is really good!! I’ve only read 17 books so far this year…. but I have the summer to catch up to my goal of 50! Good luck for the second half of the year!! 🙂

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    1. I DON’T KNOW HOW I DO IT!! It honestly isn’t anything I calculate, I’m just desperately trying to stay on top of my review obligations and sliding in backlist reads when I can and somehow I’ve ended up dead even!

      It’s been a lot of fun playing with your spreadsheet, I’ve used it as the base for an ARC read tracker that I might share in the near future once I’ve finished working out the kinks.

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  3. Looks like a fantastic year so far! I have my mid year post coming soon but I didn’t do any fancy graphs. Also, I think I skew waaaaay heavier on new releases, I’ve been terrible with backlist this year lol!

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  4. Those stats are so cool! I need to learn how to do that. But especially how your backlist books and new releases are perfectly split. I need to start making an effort on…both of those categories. 😛

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