I read 52 books in 2019 - stats, favourites and recommendations

Some or most of you may know that I became slightly obsessed with books and reading in general
last year. It started when I discovered booktube and fell in love with people such as Booksandlala
and BookswithChloe. I decided in March that I was going to start up my Goodreads account and set
myself a goal of 26 books, averaging out at 1 book every 2 weeks. I didn't want to set my goal too
high as this was the first time I was properly getting into reading, rather than just picking up a book
on holiday. I have no idea how I went so long without reading a lot, and definitely won't be looking
back. As I'm writing this I've already read 2 books and have started my third. Hitting that goal!

I completed the challenge of reading 26 books on July 22nd and I obviously wasn't going to stop
there. Since I managed to complete my goal in 4/5 months, and had 5/6 months left I decided my 
next goal was to double it and attempt to read 52 books. A lot of people don't like setting a high
number or any number as a goal, as it feels like too much pressure to hit it and it can often put a
damper on your reading as it starts to become a need rather than reading for fun. I like to set myself
goals because it gives me something to work towards and hit. Since I managed to double my goal 
last year, I've decided to set 2020's reading goal at 52 books. However I do have a secret number in
my head for the amount of books I want to read, but because it is so high I don't want to share it and
feel disappointed if I didn't reach it or pressured to read by other people. Reading is something I do
because I love it and it gives me a chance to escape from todays society. 

March - 2 books read (342 pages)
April  - 4 books read (996 pages)
May - 11 books read (1837 pages)
June - 5 books read (1170 pages)
July - 7 books read (1658 pages)
August - 5 books read (1567 pages)
September - 3 books read (905 pages)
October - 2 books read (592 pages)
November - 5 books read (615 pages)
December - 8 books read (2079 pages)

11,761 pages were read across 52 books. 
My shortest book was 40 pages and my longest book was 421 pages.

5* - 11 books
4* - 16 books
3* - 14 books
2* - 9 books
1* - 2 books

My overall average rating was 3.5*

50 pages or less - 4 books
Between 51-100 pages - 6 books
Between 101-200 pages - 14 books
Between 201-300 pages - 15 books 
Between 301-400 pages - 10 books
Between 401-500 pages - 3 books

I read from 39 female authors, 11 male authors and 2 co-authors. 47 of those books were fiction and 5 
were non fiction. Within those genres I read 15 poetry books, 13 romance books, 8 graphic noels, 6 
contemporary books, 5 non fiction books 3 feminist books, 1 middle grade book and 1 political book.
(This is based off the main shelf they've been placed on, within Goodreads)

Top 10 books of 2019
1 - The paper and hearts society (Lucy Powrie)
2 - Five feet apart (Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis)
3 - Doing it! (Hannah Witton)
5 - To all the boys trilogy (Jenny Han)
6 - Our stop (Laura Jane Williams)
7 - If you could go anywhere (Paige Toon)
8 - Heartstopper vol 1 and vol 2 (Alice Oseman)
10 - Adultolescence (Gabbie Hanna)

Since these are my favourites, is basically guarantees that I would recommend them to you. But I would also like to recommend some books that weren't in my top 10 such as; Orbiting Jupiter, Pumpkinheads, Christmas with Billy and me, No one is too small to make a difference, Frankly in love, The poet X, Our stop and Feminists don't wear pink and other lies.

Every book I read in 2019

What was your favourite book that you read in 2019?



  1. This is the coolest thing ever.. such a goal of mine! I've already read a full book this year and my aim is to read as many as possible in 2020! Absolutely adore this post!

  2. Wow 52 books!!!! That's amazing! I need to read more in 2020 because I feel like the more you read, the better you write, if that makes any sense at all

    1. I totally know what you mean! I just love escaping to that new world that books provide x

  3. Oh wow you read so many books! I only got to 24! I love reading and have set myself a challenge this year too, so will check some of these out for sure!
    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

    1. That's still a huge amount of books! So many amazing reads from last year x

  4. you are a reading LEGEND! I missed my goal of 50, only by a few, but life gets sooo in the way doesn't it haha x

    1. It really does. I had only just managed to do it. Finished my last book on New Years Eve x

  5. I find reading very hard with balancing a full time job which is very demanding, a relationship and then life outside of all of that. I did do well last year, I think I did 12 books which was a vast improvement to previous years. This year I have set a target of 20.

    Amy x
    The July Rose

    1. It's definitely hard to find the time, but as soon as you do you sit wondering what you did before! x