2019, All Wrapped Up. 2020, Pages & Pages To Go.

08 Jan 2019, All Wrapped Up. 2020, Pages & Pages To Go.

Happy Tuesday.

One of the best things about keeping track of anything is seeing the results of your efforts. Even though I enjoy counting what I read each month, viewing my whole year in books is even better.

I’ve been keeping track of what I read since 2014. It’s interesting to see trends in particular months year after year, as well as remember certain events that resulted in either a surplus or deficit in monthly totals. If you’ve never tried keeping track of what you read, I highly recommend it. Even when you read a great book, life is so crazy that it’s easy to forget what you’ve read. Next thing you know, someone will ask you for a book recommendation and your mind goes blank. Writing stuff down tends to concrete things a bit more, plus I just like seeing a record of what I read.

So-on to the good stuff!

These books are in no particular order, just a compilation of what I found to be the best books read last year. All of these books were page turners or featured amazing writing or left me thinking about them long after I finished reading— or all three. These were all five star reads in my personal rating system.

L-R :

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Unsaid by Neil Abrahamson

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova


Red Notice by Bill Browder

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

A Theory of Love by Margaret Bradham Thornton

American Kingpin by Nick Bilton

This didn’t make the top ten, but it is definitely worthy. It’s a very good, but sad story. What stayed with me was the atmospheric quality of O’Callaghan’s writing.
I rated this book 2 stars. I normally would have stopped reading a book that wasn’t very good, however I had read Eileen by Moshfegh (and liked it) and knew her stories were a little “off the beaten track.” It was not the case with this book, imho, this one flat-out stinks.

First book read in 2019:

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

This is a book I had wanted to read for many years. I have read and enjoyed another book by Tan (The Bonesetter’s Daughter), but I didn’t care as much for TJLC, which really surprised me.

Last book read in 2019:

High Achiever by Tiffany Jenkins:

A good friend recommended this book. It was an interesting, fast read. I haven’t read many books about drug addiction, but I tend to have mixed feelings about wanting to read them. It’s hard to say why exactly, or maybe I’m just not good at putting in to words. That being said, I read two such books several years ago and both have stayed with me.

If you have an interest in this area, give either of these or High Achiever a try.

While most books fall in to the 300-400 page range, below are the shortest and longest book I read in 2019.

A few more stats:

So there you have it. I read 63 books from January 1- December 31, 2019. I have no idea how many books I started and didn’t finish, that is one area I’ve never been good at keeping up with. Although I refuse to finish a book I’m just not in to, it’s frustrating for the book counter inside my head that those pages fall by the wayside.

My goal for 2020? Just to beat last year. Nothing fancy, I just want to read more books.

That’s all.

PS. I’m thinking of participating in Popsugar’s reading challenge this year. I did so a few years back. I liked it, however there were a few categories that I really had no interest in. I like the idea of a challenge, but I don’t like when it starts to feel forced, ie. a dumb category. But that’s just me.

“A good book has no ending.” — R. D. Cumming

  • Carol
    Posted at 03:05h, 08 January Reply

    Great reading year! I love Wrap ups! 😍🙌

  • Isobel Necessary
    Posted at 08:18h, 08 January Reply

    I agree that keeping a reading record is really helpful. I only keep a record of the basics – the month and year I read the book in, title and author, and then a rating out of five. It doesn’t take long to fill in the entry when I finish a book, but I still have some data to play with at the end of the year, and more importantly, I can look back at what I enjoyed reading and how my reading tastes have changed. I haven’t set any numerical reading targets this year – I want to use my local library though!

    • themostconstant
      Posted at 17:41h, 08 January Reply

      It’s such a fun and interesting habit to keep track 🙂

  • Julie
    Posted at 19:27h, 08 January Reply

    Possibly my favorite post! Love this!

    • themostconstant
      Posted at 17:26h, 09 January Reply

      Aww, Really?! Thanks, friend 💙

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