2019 Mid-Year Update

2019 Mid-Year Update

Since we are halfway into 2019, I thought it was a good time to evaluate my reading goals. I have met some goals and am lagging on others, but, overall, I’m happy with how my reading has gone this year.


MID-YEAR STATS

BOOKS READ
Includes adult and YA books.
· print – 43
· ebooks – 72
· audiobooks – 102

READING CHALLENGES
· Goodreads 217/350
· Audiobook 49/60
· Colors 18/18 – Completed in June 2019.
· Genre Bingo 23/24
· Library Love 20/60
· Modern Mrs. Darcy 10/10 – Completed in May 2019.
· Netgalley & Edelweiss 40/50
· Popsugar 40/50
· Read Harder 11/24

YEARLY GOALS
1. Read more print books that I own. – 14. I should focus more on this goal.
2. Read 350 books this year. – So far, so good. 217/350
3. Participate in reading challenges. – I’ve finished 2 challenges. Making headway on the others.
4. Finish more book series. – 15 series caught up or completed.
5. Post 5 days a week on the blog. – I missed a few weekdays this year, but I’ve mostly been meeting this goal.

BLOG POSTS
I’ve been consistent with posts this year. Each week I’ve participated in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and posted a weekly wrap-up on Friday. I’ve been posting reviews on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The monthly recaps are posted on the last day of the month.
· Book Reviews – 96
· Top Ten Tuesdays – 26
· Weekly Wrap-Ups – 26
· Monthly Recaps – 6
· Other – 2


TOP 10 BOOKS READ AND REVIEWED IN FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR

1. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

3. A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

4. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

5. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

6. Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

7. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

8. Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

9. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

10. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine


Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!


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Reading Goals for 2019

2019 Reading Goals

New year. New reading goals. I’m listing five bookish goals I’m working toward in 2019. Basically, I want to read a lot of books.

Read more books that I own.
My main goal for this year is to read what I already own. Of course, I will continue to read new releases and ARCs, but I own hundreds of books I haven’t read *hangs head in shame*, and I want to significantly reduce that number.

Read 350 books this year.
I want to read at least 350 books this year. That number includes adult and young adult print books, ebooks, and audiobooks. It does not include children’s, middle grade, graphic novels, or novellas.

Participate in reading challenges.
I’m participating in 9 reading challenges this year. The Goodreads challenge includes the total number of books I hope to read in 2019, but the other challenges will not have any crossover. Meaning, if I listen to an audiobook for the PopSugar challenge, I’ll count it for the PopSugar and Goodreads challenges but not the Audiobook Challenge.
· Goodreads – 350 books
· Audiobook – 50 books
· Colors – 18 books
· Genre Bingo – 24 books
· Library Love – 60 books
· Modern Mrs. Darcy – 10 books
· Netgalley & Edelweiss – 50 books
· PopSugar 50 books
· Read Harder – 24 books

Finish more book series.
Two things here:
1. Series that have ended and I want to finish.
2. Ongoing series that I want to get caught up on.

Post 5 days a week on the blog.
As for blogging goals, I’m going back to only posting Monday-Friday. I had started posting on weekends, but it became too time consuming. For the most part, my posts will be book reviews (Mon, Wed, Thu), Top Ten Tuesdays (Tue), and Weekly Wrap-Ups (Fri).

Cheers to the New Year! Wishing you a year of good books and success with your reading goals. Happy reading!

2018 Reading Wrap-Up

2018 Reading Wrap-Up

I had a fantastic bookish year! I started this blog and got more involved with the online book community. It’s been great connecting with other readers and book bloggers.

This year, I read more than expected… this was mainly due to a big jump in the number of audiobooks I listened to. According to Goodreads, my average rating was 3.6, so it looks like I enjoyed most of what I read. Tomorrow I will post my top ten books read in 2018. The breakdown of my other reading stats is below.

READING CHALLENGES

Goodreads – Read 467/450. For this challenge, I counted adult and YA books, ebooks, and audiobooks.
Popsugar – Read 50/50. Finished in October.
A – Z – Read 26/26. Finished in in May.
Colors – Read 15/15. Finished in October.
Genre Bingo – Read 24/24. Finished in June.
Modern Mrs. Darcy – Read 12/12. Finished in July.
Read Harder – Read 24/24. Finished in July.
Gilmore Girls – I finally finished reading the books in this challenge. I’ve now read all the books mentioned in seasons 1-7 of Gilmore Girls. Maybe next year I can finish reading the books from the miniseries.
Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books – My goal was to read 35 books from this list, and that didn’t happen. I ended up reading 20 books. I stopped working on this goal during the year, so I’m not too upset that I didn’t read as many as planned.
Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters – Like the above mentioned list, I had hoped to read 35 books. Again, that didn’t happen. I read 21 books from this list. And, again, I had stopped working toward this goal during in the year.

NETGALLEY & EDELWEISS

I joined Netgalley in 2017, but I signed up for Edelweiss in 2018. My goal for 2018 was to get my number of books reviewed on Netgalley up to 100, and I just barely made that happen. As for Edelweiss, I just wanted to sign up and read a few books. I plan to start reading more ARCs from there next year.

Netgalley
Books Approved: 107
Books Reviewed: 100
Feedback Ratio: 93%

Edelweiss
Books Approved: 12
Books Reviewed: 6
Feedback Ratio: 50%

STATS

Below is a breakdown of my reading habits in 2018:

· adult books: 391
· young adult books: 76
· children’s books: 242
· middle grade books: 50
· graphic novels: 35
· novellas: 55

For the stats below, I’m only looking at the 467 books that fell into the adult and young adult categories.

I primarily read fiction: 10% nonfiction and 90% fiction. I read 48 nonfiction books. Of those, most were biographies and memoirs (20 books), self-help (11 books), and history (8 books). I read 419 fiction books, and I favored adult novels (345 books) over young adult novels (74 books). For adult fiction, I heavily favored mysteries and thrillers (219 books). Other adult genres I read included contemporary (35 books), sci-fi and fantasy (27 books), horror (25 books), and historical fiction (15 books). For young adult fiction, I favored sci-fi and fantasy (51 books), and most of that was fantasy (40 books).

I mostly read books written by authors from the US: 77% US and 23% other countries. I read 109 books by authors from other countries, most were from the UK (82 books). Since most books were originally written in English, only 14 (3%) of the books I read were translated from another language.

I preferred books written by female authors: 61% female and 39% male.

I don’t really prefer one book format over the others: 31% print, 34% ebooks, and 35% audiobooks. I do prefer reading over listening though.

Books less than 150 pages were included under novellas and not counted here. I mostly read books less than 400 pages in length.
· 150-299 pages: 140 (30%)
· 300-399 pages: 225 (48%)
· 400-499 pages: 67 (14%)
· > 500 pages: 35 (7%)

Most books I read were published after 2000:
· before 1800: 4 (1%)
· 1800-1899: 6 (1%)
· 1900-1999: 75 (16%)
· 2000-2019: 382 (82%)

Of the 382 books published after 2000, 142 of those were published in 2018 or will be published in 2019. Clearly I focused on reading new releases.

My greatest sources for books were Netgalley/Edelweiss (17%), the library (26%), and overdrive (36%). The remaining books were received from authors or publishers (4%), purchased (9%), or received from other sources (8%). The other sources were mainly Amazon’s First Reads, Kindle Unlimited, Goodread’s Giveaways, and Penguin’s First to Read.

That wraps up my reading habits for 2018. I plan to do more reading challenges in 2019. I enjoy the challenges, and I’m super competitive, so I feel the need to finish all the challenges I start… which results in a lot of books being read. My reading goals for 2019 will be posted on Wednesday, January 2.

Reading Goals: 2018 Semi-Annual Update

Books on bookshelf

Since we are halfway into 2018, I thought it was a good time to evaluate my reading goals. I set several reading goals for 2018, and have made some headway toward those goals. I have added reading goals and delayed other goals, but, overall, I’m happy with how my reading has gone for this year.

At the beginning of the year I posted a list of reading goals. Those are listed below with my current reading status. In addition to those goals, I also wanted to finish reading a few series and improve my stats on Netgalley. As for the series, I have finished reading one series – Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone (alphabet) series. I am currently reading a few other series, and hope to finish them this year too. These sometimes get put on the back burner while I catch up on other reading goals, so we’ll see how that goes. With Netgalley, I have caught up on my reading and now have a 90% completion ratio.

2018 READING CHALLENGES

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge 250/250 completed in June

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge 23/50 in progress

A-Z Challenge 26/26 completed in May

Color Challenge 0/15 not yet started

Genre Bingo Challenge 24/24 completed in June

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge 10/12 in progress

Read Harder 17/24 in progress

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge
Season 5 – 25/25 completed in June
Season 6 – 17/25 in progress
Season 7 – 15/25 in progress
A Year in the Life – 12/20 in progress

Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books 49/100 in progress

Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters 39/100 in progress

Reading Goals: 2018

Reading Goals for 2018

Happy New Year!

I have several reading goals for 2018, but don’t plan on reading as much as last year. Of course, that could change.

READING CHALLENGES

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge
I plan to read 250 books total. That includes adult, young adult, and middle grade books, but does not include children’s books.

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge
I plan to do all 50 prompts that are on this year’s challenge.

A-Z Challenge
This is a new reading challenge for me. The idea is to read a book for each letter of the alphabet.

Color Challenge
This is another new reading challenge for me. This challenge has 15 prompts for reading books with different color covers.

Genre Bingo Challenge
Another new reading challenge for me. This idea of this one is to read the books on a book bingo card:
Genre Bingo

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge
I plan on reading books for all 12 prompts on this year’s challenge.

Read Harder
I haven’t done this reading challenge before, but it looked like a fun one. There are 24 prompts on this challenge.

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge
I hope to finish this reading challenge in 2018.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books
I want to continue reading books on this list. I don’t plan on finishing the list, but I would like to read at least 35 more books on this list.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters
Like the hilarious books, I plan to continue reading the books on this list. Again, I don’t plan on finishing the list, but another 35 books would be great.

That sums up my reading goals for 2018. It’s a lot, but I enjoy working on the different reading challenges, and since I tend to read a lot, I like to have a nice selection of challenges to choose from. I’ll be posting monthly updates on my reading, and I’ll do an individual post on each challenge to list all of the books that I’m reading. As usual, what I’ve read and what I’m currently reading can be found on Goodreads.

As a nice surprise, I started 2018 off as the #1 top reviewer on Goodreads. Yay!!

Top reviewer on Goodreads

Reading Update: 2017 Wrap-Up

Books and champagne

2017 was a great year for being bookish. I read more than expected, discovered new favorite authors, and read a more diverse selection of books. Basically, I read a lot this year… and the breakdown of what I read is below.

READING CHALLENGES

Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge
Read 362/350. My original goal was 300, but I upped it to 350 later in the year. For this challenge, I did not count children’s books, short stories, or poems.

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge
Read 52/52. This challenge consisted of 40 prompts, with an additional 12 advanced prompts for more hardcore readers. I finished this challenge in July.

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge
Read 26/26. This reading challenge was divided into two lists, each with 12 prompts. The lists were “Reading for Fun” and “Reading for Growth.” The “Growth” list had one prompt to read 3 books by the same author, meaning a total for 26 books to complete both lists. I finished this challenge in June.

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge
I’ve read books on this challenge for years, but never made much headway. This year I focused on this challenge and made a lot of progress. I created my own book lists based on each season, instead of one huge list of books. I have found it much easier to work on the smaller lists than working on one really long list. Based on my breakdown for the seven seasons plus the miniseries, there were 202 books mentioned or visibly read. So far, I have read 156 books. I met my goal for this year and hope to finish this challenge in 2018.

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
My favorite books as a kid were the Nancy Drew stories. I wanted to read them again, and started with the original mystery stories of 64 books. I finished this reading goal in October.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books
This was a book list posted on bookriot.com in September 2016. My goal is to eventually read all of the books on this list, but for 2017 I wanted to have read at least 25 books. I met my goal, and have read 35 books.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters
This was a book list posted on bookriot.com in September 2016. Like the hilarious books, my goal is to eventually read all 100 books and wanted to read at least 25 books in 2017. I met my goal, and have read 28 books.

STATS

According to Goodreads, I read 793 books in 2017. Below is a breakdown of my books:

– adult books: 240
– young adult books: 50
– middle grade books: 72
– children’s books: 312
– short stories/poems: 109
– other: 10

I don’t include children’s books, individual short stories, or individual poems in reading goals. So for the stats below, I’m only looking at the 362 books that fell into the adult, young adult, or middle grade categories.

I primarily read fiction: 86% fiction, 14% non-fiction

I primarily read books written by authors from the US: 83% US, 17% other countries

I read 62 books by authors from other countries, most were from England (22 books).

Since most books were originally written in English, only 7% of the books I read were translated from another language.

My preferred method of reading was physical books: 59% physical books, 35% ebooks, 6% audiobooks

For page length, 33 books (9%) were over 500 pages.

Most books I read were published after 2000:
– before 1800: 7 (2%)
– 1800-1899: 10 (3%)
– 1900-1999: 144 (40%)
– 2000-2017: 194 (54%)
– 2018 (not yet published): 7 (2%)

Most books I read came from the library (52%) and overdrive (19%).

I mostly read novels, but I tried to incorporate other writing forms:
– books of essays: 3 (0.83%)
– books of letters: 1 (0.28%)
– books of short stories: 9 (2.49%)
– books of poetry/books written in verse: 5 (1.38%)
– graphic novels: 12 (3.31%)
– novellas: 12 (3.31%)
– novels/books: 310 (86.19%)
– plays: 8 (2.21%)

A rough outline of my genre reading showed I read mainly mystery (15%), literary (14%), and horror (6%) in adult books. For young adult, I was split between fantasy and sci-fi dystopian reads (3% each). My middle grade mystery reads were high at 17%, but those were all Nancy Drew books. As for non-fiction, I favored biographies and memoirs (7%).

That sums up my reading habits for 2017. I plan to do more reading challenges in 2018. I’ve found that participating in the reading challenges helps keep my reading list a little more diverse. I have my favorite genres, but it’s nice to mix it up a little and add in new books I otherwise might not read.

Reading Update: 2017

Books & Coffee

Earlier in the year, I wrote about my reading goals for 2017. I thought it would be nice to do a mid-year recap and see how I’m doing toward my reading goals. I’ve done a lot of reading this year, so I’m a little ahead on my goals. I even decided to add one more goal since I’ve been reading so much. Listed below are my reading goals, and how I stood on each goal at the end of June. I know, I’m posting this in mid July, but I like the idea of looking at how I did in the first six months. That said, since I’ve been reading the last couple of weeks, I’ve read more than this post reflects. For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

1. Gilmore Girls Season 2 books
— Finished on March 29, 2017

2. Gilmore Girls Season 3 books
— I have 36 of the 47 books on this list. So, 11 more books to go!

3. The Twilight novels
— Finished on March 26, 2017

4. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
— I’ve read 51 of the 64 books on this list. I was hoping to finish this goal in July, but it’ll probably be August when I finish the Nancy Drew books.

5. Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
— I’ve read 48 of the 52 books on this list.

6. Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
— Finished on June 13, 2017

7. 25 books from Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books
—- I’ve read 18 books off this list. My goal is to read 25 books, but really, I’m hoping to read more.

8. 20 books from Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters list
—- I’ve read 9 books off this list. My goal was to read 20 books, but I’m upping it to 25. And really, I’d like to read more than that.

New goal:
9. Gilmore Girls Season 4 books
— I’ve made so much headway on the Gilmore Girls reading challenge, that I want to read even more than originally planned. So, I’m adding the Season 4 books to my reading goals. I’ve read 14 of the 22 books on this list, so I think it will be doable to check this season off my list too.

Reading Goals: 2017

Books & Wine

I’ve always been a big reader, but this year I’ve set a few reading goals for myself. Over the last couple of years, I’ve done different reading challenges and book lists. I usually randomly read throughout the year, without really having a plan of which books to read during the year. This year is different. I’ve made a list of the different challenges and book lists I want to read. I’ve also already chosen most of the books to read for the reading challenges. I have a lot of books on my to-read list, but I’ve been doing a ton of reading. I read fairly quickly, and pretty much always have a book handy. I keep multiple books around the house to read and I always have at least one ebook on my phone… usually three or four ebooks. Some of the books I read are really long and take me a little while to make it through, especially if they aren’t that interesting. But, a lot of books I read aren’t very long and I can read in a day or two. Since most of the books I read come from the library, either physical book or ebook format, I have a limited time to read them. This means that it usually doesn’t take me more than two weeks to finish a book, even if it’s an especially long or especially boring book. I’ve also been reading multiple books at a time, and I seem to be reading more books this way. If I’m actively reading 4 or 5 books at a time, then I’m always finishing books too. Reading multiple books also allows me to vary my interests, so I can be reading a classic, a mystery, a biography, and a young adult novel all at the same time. Basically, I just pick up and read whichever I happen to be in the mood for at the time. Instead of trying to finish a book I’m not really into, I just pick the book I actually want to read. I enjoy lots of different genres of books, and this helps me to constantly be reading a variety of books. I’ve found this helps keep my out of reading ruts.

My 2017 reading goals are:

1. Gilmore Girls Season 2 books
— I only have 5 books left to read on this list. I think my local library has one of the books, and I’ve requested one book through interlibrary loan. That just leaves three more… I think I can get them as ebooks on OpenLibrary, but if not, I’ll request them through interlibrary loan.

2. Gilmore Girls Season 3 books
— I have 23 books left to read on this list. My local library has at least 10 of them. The rest I’ll get through interlibrary loan or ebook if I can find it available online.

3. The Twilight novels
— I’ve read the first two books, but haven’t got around to reading the last two books. I can get these on Overdrive, and they’ll be quick reads. I’ll try to knock these two out soon.

4. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
— I loved the Nancy Drew books when I was young, so I though it would be fun to reread them. There are multiple series of Nancy Drew books, but I’m only concentrating on the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories this year. There are 64 books in the series, and I’m currently reading #18. I can get most of these from my local library, and I’ve found some others as ebooks, so hopefully I don’t have to interlibrary loan any of these books.

5. Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
— This reading challenge is 40 book prompts, plus an additional 12 book prompts for the “Advanced” list. So far, I’ve read 13 books for this challenge. I’m using a few of the books from the Gilmore Girls book lists toward this challenge. I’ve picked a book for most of the prompts, and most are available through my local library or Overdrive. I’ll do a separate blog post with the list of book prompts and which book I’ve read or plan on reading.

6. Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
— These two reading challenges, one with 12 book prompts for reading for growth and one with 12 book prompts for reading for fun, make a total of 26 books to read… The reading for growth challenge is for 14 books instead of 12 because one prompt is to read three books by the same author. I’ve read 4 of the books for the reading for fun challenge and 11 books for the reading for growth challenge. I’ll do a separate blog post with the list of book prompts and which book I’ve read or plan on reading.

7. 25 books from Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books list
—- I’ve read 14 books off this list. My goal is to have read 25 books off this list by the end of the year. I may end up reading more than that, but it’s too early in the year to say for sure if I’ll be able make that happen. I’ll do a separate blog post with this list of books and mark which books I’ve read.

8. 20 books from Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters list
—- I’ve read 3 books off this list. My goal is to have read 20 books off this list by the end of the year. I may read more than that, but it’s not a high priority on my list of current reading goals. I’ll do a separate blog post with this list of books and mark which books I’ve read.