2. Here is a link to the "why I read this book" (and new this year, how I found out about its existence) list on Tumblr.
3. Before you do that (or after you take a break), I made a bunch of charts and things. They are hosted here on Tumblr, comparing 2018 to 2019 because I didn't have time to make charts last year, but this is the 2019-exclusive version with deluxe commentary.
Quick notes on the Goodreads chart: Honestly, Illuminae shouldn't really count as my longest because so many of its pages were drawings or otherwise not full text. Actual longest was Broadchurch, clocking in at 448.
Also, the book with the highest overall rating was Lost Masterworks of Young Adult Literature at a 5.0, which is not very helpful because it's based on 2 ratings. Second highest is Animals in Young Adult Fiction, which I rated 3 stars, with a 4.74 (based on 23 ratings, which is still better than the third, my beloved A Short Walk to the Bookshop). You have to go down to the 4th-highest for one with statistical significance, which is my other beloved From Sand and Ash at 4.39.
The book with the worst overall average is The Astor Orphan: A Memoir at 2.85, which I think is super rude; I gave it a solid 4.
edit: EXCUSE ME, WHAT. Either someone has been messing with book data or I changed an edition and forgot, because Goodreads now says I read 37,512 pages, upping my average page count to 297. THIS IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.
Oldest book: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Winnifred Watson (1938)
Newest book: This Is How You Lose the Time War - El-Mohtar Amal & Max Gladstone (July 2019)
a. 5 Most Popular (w/ my star ratings added for quick reference):[click to reveal, along with my 5 least popular]
- Misery - Stephen King * * * *
- Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz * * *
- Iluminae - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoffer * * *
- Still Missing - Chevy Stevens * * * 1/2
- Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan * * *
5 Least Popular:
- The Last Gift of the Magi - Michael Lorinser * * *
- Lost Masterworks of Young Adult Literature - ed. Connie Zitlow * * * * *
- The Leaving - Lynn Hall * * * * *
- Hitchhike - Isabelle Holland * * * 1/2
- A Short Walk to the Bookshop - Aleksandra Drake * * * * *
b. This would take a lot of work, but I'm totally tempted to make an entire decade (2 decades even!)'s worth of charts and turn it into a gif so you can physically watch the percentage of books from the current decade increase over time. I imagine it would be very fun to see. Meanwhile, the poor 1950s got NO love from me this year, and in fact, the pre-80s got very little of it at all -- I read a higher percantage than last year from both decades in the 21st century instead.
Total books read from 2019: 7
c. I already knew I found books everywhere all the time, but I can't believe how many different sources there are (though I'm glad that the library still remains on top -- weirdly, the percentages for both it and Goodreads are EXACTLY the same as last year). Top Ten Tuesday (book blogs) has also made a surprising inroad of influence this year. And WOW do I clearly not actually read the many awesome books I discover and trot home from used book sales.
Lastly, I can't believe how reliant I've become on deciding I Need a book version of that awesome TV show plot or ship/character dynamic I just saw, and googling until I dig something out that matches. I'm not sure if that's a fair thing to consider a source, since Google results merely link me to sources, but I don't keep track of the actual links that are hits and it is true that I only found the books because I specifically went looking for them, so I'm leaving it.
d. I was a pretty consistent reader this year! Nailed my target average every month to hit 100, with no slumps, and a few spikes to put me over the top.
5. Finally, here is The Quilt of Many Covers! Sorry if it's too big. It's hard to tell. I reduced the size by 25% (click for full size) but Tumblr resized it decidedly too small, so. (I love how dark it suddenly gets after Appaloosa Summer: the day Indian Summer left and the weather got cold, until it brightens up a bit near the end)
[open for WALL OF PICTURES]