In 2018, I read 28 books. My goal for the year was 50 books. How did I miss my goal so badly?
As you can see in November I didn’t read any books and there were 6 months were I only completed one book.
Obviously, we can see where I went wrong here. Pretty plain and simple, I had a few months where I really drove my reading and finished some books. Especially, March, May and June.
I just didn’t do a good job here. But let’s take a look at the data from a different direction. I have been making note of the nationality of the author, in an effort to try to read books from people outside of the US. I did not do well on this either. Only 21% of the books I read this year where from outside the US.
Okay, but how about gender. Did I read more books from female authors? Slightly better here. 32% of the books I read this year were written by a female author. A good improvement over last year at 24%.
What is my binding of choice? What format do I prefer to read in. E-books was the clear winner here with 10 (36%) e-books written. I think this makes sense considering that I was challenged to find time to read this year. By making it easier for me to read anywhere, I was able to squeeze in more reading.
Now for the big numbers. I read 5,724 pages. I also listened to 2,914 minutes or 48.5 hours (just over 2 days) of audio.
I spent $24.30 on books this year. The library saved me $225.36! Use your local library!
For the last 4 years my reading has taken a plunge! This is a trend that I don’t want to continue. I really need to do better in 2019. That is one of my New Years resolutions. Wish me luck! I will set my Goodreads goal at 45 books in 2019 and do my best to hit that number.
Lastly, I will leave you with a list of the books that earned 5 stars from me in 2018:
- Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom by Ken Ilgunas
- Take Risks: One Couple’s Journey to Quit Their Jobs and Hit the Open Road by Joe Russo
- Ready Player One by Earnest Cline
- It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by D. Michael Abrashoff
- The Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga: 8 Weeks to Strength, Awareness, and Flexibility by Marilynn Wei
- The Passion by Jeanette Winterson