2019: My Year in Books

2019: My Year in Books



Farewell to 2019 and welcome to 2020!

Wow, how quickly did this year go?! How is it 2020 already?

How has your year been?

What have been your highlights?

Which books have been your favourites?

This year I have been terrible at updating my Goodreads regularly, meaning that I am sure that there are books missing from this list…but, either way, I really enjoy seeing this summary at the end of the year showing what kinds of books I have enjoyed.

In 2018 I managed to read 545 books ( see how I manage to read so many books!), but in 2019, I read fewer, but still very respectable total of 399! (by saying this I am not meaning to meet the empahasis on numbers of books read, as I honestly believe that any reading is great and no matter how many or few books you read, the enjoyment of reading is the most important. Also, as you will see, I read a lot of picture books which makes the total look a lot higher!)

Let’s have a closer look:


My average rating is higher than it was last year, probably for two reasons: 1) I have been more selective in what I read 2) When it’s a half star rating I have been rounding up, rather than down.

I’m surprised that the Valeria Di Campo book is so highly rated on Goodreads, but not many people have read it and the illustrations are exquisite so that may explain it.19yearinbooks5

I unashamedly love this entire series and so has anyone to whom I have recommended it – great for age 7+!19yearinbooks619yearinbooks719yearinbooks819yearinbooks9

See my reviews for The Girl King, Romanov or Illegal


Sorcerer to the Crown fully deserves 5 stars so I may have to go back and change this! I often start the year feeling self-conscious about how generous I can be with rating books I love, but this is one I got wrong!

See my reviews of Mira’s Curly Hair or The Monkey King’s Daughter.19yearinbooks1319yearinbooks1419yearinbooks1519yearinbooks1619yearinbooks17

See my reviews of The AntidoteDragon Dancer or Summer Bird Blue.


See my reviews of Ayesha At Last, No Ballet Shows in Syria, The Longest Night of Charlie Noon, The Burning, or The Dictionary of Difficult Words.


See my reviews of Crown of Feathers, Stepsister or Perfectly Preventable Deaths.


See my reviews of The Wise and the Wicked or House Without Walls.


See my reviews of the McTavish series and Nocturna.



See my reviews of Season of the Witch, The Deepest Breath, Invisible Women, Spin the Dawn or Skyward.


See my reviews of Together We Can, The Switching Hour, Invisible in a Bright Light, Rebel Dogs or All The Things We Never Said.

Nearly 400 books read and so many great reads – looking back over 2019 has made me feel really happy to have had so many fantastic reads and visited so many different worlds through the magical portals of books. One thing that I definitely didn’t do, however, was stick to any kind of to-be-read list, so I will need to be a bit stricter in 2020, especially about reading books I already own instead of always borrowing from the library and buying new ones!

I’ve attempted to add up some numbers, but may have made a few mistakes along the way…

Picture books: 135

Middle-grade books: 110

Young-adult books: 88

Adult books: 34

Nonfiction books: 27

Poetry books: 7

Graphic novels: 5

Books by Asian authors: 33 (though I am sure that I missed a few for this!)


Did you spot any favourites above?

Or spot any books you might like to read?

What has been your favourite read of 2019?

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Thanks for reading!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Satou Johns says:

    Damn!! You read so many books!!! 😮

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! I read a lot in my job as a teacher 🙂


      1. Satou Johns says:

        Awwww yes that must help a lot xD

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  2. Hannah says:

    Wow! As a teacher maybe I should start adding picture books onto my GoodReads list? I’ve always been so unsure about this. How do you find adding them into yours? What are your reasons for adding children’s books onto your Goodreads? Just interested.

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    1. I don’t add any that I have read before, but I do add ones that are new to me – I find it really useful to keep track of what I’ve read and to be able to go back and find a particular book if it was good for a certain topic, etc. As a teacher and librarian, I also read a lot of children’s books for my own pleasure and knowledge, as I find that not only do I enjoy reading them but it helps me to give recommendations to children and parents. There are so many amazing books for children out there at the moment, so I would definitely recommend anyone working with children to read as widely as they can too! It also allows you to model reading for pleasure and talk with genuine enthusiasm about books you have enjoyed. 🙂


  3. How did you like My Fate According to the Butterfly? I had it on my list of books to read but never got around to it in 2019.

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    1. I enjoyed it! It was one that I joined the blog tour for, otherwise I would probably not have come across it. It was quite a quick read, so hope you get to it this year!


  4. I wish I could read that many books lol. Hopefully this year is even better for you 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! Probably lots more picture books in my future as a parent and a teacher, but going to really try to read more non-fiction too.

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      1. I’m sure! I am wanting to try more graphic novels this year


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