My 2019 in Books

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It’s that time of the year again: the time when I like to look back and reflect on the previous year.  This is always the simplest of the reviews that I do because Goodreads does most of the work for me.

I acquired 28 books this year that I did not begin to read. I acquired two more that I am currently reading. One of those 28 was the first book that I finished in 2020.

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This is the second year that I have done only one story time per week and the first year that I have led the YA book club that our company started—though that’s a generous description as though we have done six such events, only one person has ever shown up and then only to the first such event. I have stopped being as diligent about reading the books that I acquire for these events; the company is kind enough to provide the questions and a fairly detailed summary of each book, which I do still read in the event that anyone ever should come.

The longest book that I read was a novel that was chosen for that book club, but it is the shortest longest book that I have read in four years—which I find a tad ironic because it is the first that has been a book for teens instead of for middle-grade readers.  J. K. Rowling really did change the publishing world’s expectations about the length of book that a kid could handle.

I read 49 novels including graphic novels and audiobooks.  Because I borrowed several this year and have already given away some that I didn’t love as much, not all of them are pictured here.  25 of those 49 were new to me.  My favorite new-to-me novel was I think Mackenzi Lee’s The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, followed by in no particular order Akwaeke Emezi’s Pet, Jerry Craft’s New Kid, and Ru Xu’s NewsPrints (I owe you a review for that one and its sequel too).

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The book with the highest rating is rated on Goodreads only by me. I gave it five stars out of five. Only one other person has yet told Goodreads that they have read it. Y’all, it’s a great read for pirate lovers, and it comes with a craft. Check it out. Our Barnes & Noble currently has it for $5 on discount.

For the 4th year, my average rating has remained the same, so I can at least say that I am consistent there.

This is the highest my average length per book has been in these four year.

I read eight novels by Rick Riordan and four picture books by Mo Willems. I re-read three novels by Sharon Shinn (and I’m hankering to do another re-read now, though I know I should read some new books) and re-read three by Diane Duane (two of those I owe you reviews for). I read three picture books by John Jory and Pete Oswald three by Norman Bridwell (all of Bridwell’s probably re-reads but from my childhood, though two I had read as recently as 2017). I read two graphic novels by Jen Wang (I owe you both reviews) and listened to two audiobooks by Liz Kessler (I owe you a book review for the second). I read two picture books by Jon Stone, two by Dr. Seuss (the two that I read every year, The Grinch and Oh! The Places You’ll Go), two by Craig Manning (one of those, Kindness Makes the World Go Round, I read multiple times), two by Naomi Kleinberg (both Sesame Street books), two by Ryan T. Higgins (both re-reads), two by James Dean (one a re-read), and two by Aaron Blabey (one a re-read).

I’m only 18 reviews behind this year, and several of those are prepped and just awaiting me to proofread and publish. I have started reviews for many of the novels, and I am considering now perhaps doing a quick wrap up, shorter reviews of each of them, just to get the word out about them. What do you all think of the idea?

I have added a tag to each year that I have done these reviews.  Use it to take a look through my books for the past four years.

About Kathryn

My love of books has been carefully cultivated by the adults who raised me and also by the friends who love to share. My life has led me down long library shelves, to online forums, fanfiction sites, the front of a lecture hall, and into the desks of college classrooms. With an English degree and a couple master’s classes in Children’s Literature, I am now a bookseller for Barnes & Noble. I have been an editor for Wizarding Life Networks (the people who brought you Wizarding Life, Panem October, and MyHogwarts now HogwartsIsHere).

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