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My Year in Books – 2019

I’m a list person – to do lists, to buy lists, to cook lists, to read lists … you name it, I’ll put it in a list. Which is why I absolutely love Goodreads and my “what I read” list for 2019.

I’ve been doing the Goodreads reading challenge for a few years, and each time I start off with a cautious but doable figure in mind. You might say it’s the easy option, and you’d be right … but I hate not meeting a challenge. Please, don’t mention NaNoWrimo this year! 😦 😦 😦

So, in January 2019 I set the challenge at 60 books, which I then extended to 75, then to 90 and finally to 100. Yep, I did write that with a smug grin on my face 😉


The results are now in …

Don’t you just love numbers, and stats? Okay, it’s just me, isn’t it? 😀



So, how did I rate them?

I gave 34% of the books I read a fabulous 5 stars

56% got 4 stars from me

5% got 3 stars

1% got 2 stars

and 4% got only 1 star – don’t judge me, I’m giving my honest opinions here. Not every book suits everyone, and I will admit to being drawn in by a book’s description only to wonder if I’d been reading the same book!

All in all, I don’t reckon those stats are too shabby. In fact, I’d say I had a fabulous year of reading, because it’s true.

Talking of fabulous, here they are in all their bookerlicious glory ….


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My fist review was …

My last was …

All in all, an eclectic mix. From cosy mysteries and doggy tales, to historical fiction and time-slips; from rom-coms to feel-good fiction; from tense thrillers to conspiracy theories, and from satire to sarcasm. I even renewed my interest in audiobooks too.

I probably wouldn’t have read quite so many if I hadn’t signed up to review books for some fabulous book tours. I’ve discovered so many new (to me) authors and have stretched my TBR list for 2020 to beyond stupid. But, a book lover’s got to do what a book lover’s got to do. And what better way to spend the year than lost in a wonderful book.

I have to thank Rachel @rararesources and Shannon @RRbooktours1 for providing so many excellent tours. I’ve recently joined the Partners In Crime tours (@partnersincr1me) and audiobook tours came from @AnAudiobookworm, both of which have been amazing already with their offerings. Of course, NetGalley (@NetGalley) needs a mention too, as does my good friend and author buddy, Felicia (@MsFelicia) . Together these have sent my TBR list into overdrive and my Kindle into a happy state of overflowingness!

Thanks to everyone who’s read, liked and commented on my reviews. It’s great to hear that someone has picked up a book based on what I’ve written about it. Hope you all enjoyed the stories as much as I did.

Here’s to a marvellous 2020 in the world of books, and to those amazing authors out there …keep writing!

PS, keep an eye out for my Top Ten books of 2019 too. Bet you can’t guess which ones here made the the cut 😉

As always,