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#AMonthofFaves This Is How We Read This Year

How has your reading year been? What types of books have you read? How much? Join #AMonthofFaves to show how your reading year unfolded.

This Is How We Read This Year

# of Books Read (… so far)

KIM ✩ – 40 books so far. My goal was 50. I doubt I’ll finish anymore but I’m pretty happy with my 40.

✤ TANYA ✤ 51 books so far (hoping for 55 by the end of the year). Last year I read 51 books. My goal is usually 52.

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

KIM ✩ Shortest: All Systems Red, Martha Wells (144 pgs) – and Longest – Obsidio, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (615 pgs) 

TANYA ✤ Shortest: Binti, Nnedi Okorafor – and Longest – The Outsider, Stephen King.

Year in Books 2018 Tanya Patrice

(Source: Goodreads Year in Books)

Genre That Got the Most Love

KIM ✩ Contemporary / Literary Fiction – 12 – tied with Mystery – 12. Following closely behind was Fantasy/Magical Realism – 9. I’m surprised that Contemporary rated so high this year. I normally avoid that genre. I thought I read more Sci-fi but only counted 5.

TANYA ✤ Contemporary / Literary Fiction – 19 – followed by Fantasy / Magical Realism / Mythology – all taken together – and then mystery / thrillers. I normally don’t read a lot of contemporary novels … but I think I’m going back to my genre loving self next year.

How We Read

KIM ✩ 13 Audiobooks | 27 physical books – no eBooks. I was really loving reading physical books from the library this year but I realize that I’d have a higher book total if I’d utilized audiobooks more.

TANYA ✤ 35 Audiobooks | 16 physical books – no eBooks. While I love audiobooks, towards the end of the year I was way more into reading physical books, and I hope this continues into next year.

Books We DNF’d (Did Not Finish)

KIM ✩ There were a ton of books I started and put down after the first chapter this year – too many to even remember.

TANYA ✤ – Only 1 – The Book of M, Peng Shepard. I finished about 50% of it before it was time to return it to the library … and I just wasn’t into it enough to return it. I’ve slogged through worse … but I just wasn’t in the mood to spend time on a book I wasn’t feeling.

Month We Read the Least & the Most

KIM ✩ I read something every month but I read the most in January. This is pretty typical for me as I always start off the year pretty strong. I read the least amount of books in August, only finishing 1 book.

TANYA ✤ I read something every month unlike last year, but in April was my slowest reading month, with only 2 books finished. December is, as usual, the month I read the most, with 7 books finished so far.

When We Read

KIM ✩ In the ten minutes here and there that the kids are happily playing on their own or in the evening after I’ve put them to bed. I’d really like to carve out some early morning reading time again this year but that all depends on my youngest sleeping better.

TANYA ✤ I traveled about the same amount as last year, 30+ trips, so that’s when I do a fair chunk of reading (most of which were audiobooks), but I also spent a significant amount of time waiting … waiting at airports and hospital / doctor’s offices … so this has also been prime reading time. I’m hoping to eliminate that part of it next year … but should travel about the same amount.

Most Memorable Character(s)

KIM ✩ Miryem in Spinning Silver, Naomi Novak. A badass female of her time- clever and tough as nails.
TANYA ✤ Eleanor Oliphant in Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman. That character was unforgettable, and one of my favorites of all time.

Fave Books of the Year (Just a Hint)

KIM ✩ It’s the second in a series by a well-known YA author. The author has hinted that there will be a third book “many years down the line.”

TANYA ✤ Hint … it’s written by a “new to me” author, an author of color, published in 2016 and was an Oprah Book Club selection.


So tell us about the highlight of your reading year. And if you’re participating in #AMonthofFaves, add your post to the linky below.

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Kim and Tanya
Kim is a librarian | life hacker | ancient history nerd | mom to 2 little boys | Utah native | digital archivist | British comedy/British detective show junkie | outdoor lover. Tanya is a digital lifehacker | Food Science guru | teenage boy wrangler | husband tamer | adventure seeker | avid reader.
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