#AMonthofFaves This Is How I Read & Blog

December 28, 2018


#AMonthofFaves This Is How We Read and Blogged This Year – eg. Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least). Plus tell us how you blogged – most popular blog posts, you faves, did you try anything new on your blog this year, did you make blogging goals – how did you do, essential programs, apps, plugins, websites and / or your blogging routine, blogs on blogging that you follow, blog tips you learned and used this year.

Okay, this year I kept better track of how many books I read per month so here are those totals:

  • January – 8
  • February – 10
  • March – 7
  • April – 3
  • May – 2
  • June – 5
  • July – 8
  • August – 6
  • September – 5
  • October – 5
  • November – 5
  • December – 9 (so far–I plan to finish at least one more)

I started but didn’t finish 12 throughout the year. Some of them I got farther into than others, of course.

I was going through a reading slump in the summer, but somehow still managed to read 18 books. Go figure. As usual, the months with the fewest number of books completed were heavy grading months. Next year, I’ll make sure I focus on graphic novels and picture books during those times. I need fewer words!

At some point during the summer, I gave up on audiobooks, so only 7 of the books I completed were in that format, though I attempted 10 altogether.

I think I read more self-help books this year than I have in a while because of the work I’m doing in therapy. As usual, children’s lit (YA and middle grade included) made up the bulk of my reading. That’s about as deep as my analysis goes. As I commented elsewhere, I always want to do a more thorough job tracking my reading (this Book Riot spreadsheet, though) but then it’s just enough that I put them into Goodreads. Maybe this will be the year? We’ll see.

As for blogging, this was all pretty much the same. I stuck as much as possible to my once a week posting schedule, though I didn’t often link up with the actual It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? group because my posts were just…whenever. I participated in Slice of Life again as well as, of course, A Month of Faves. I migrated a Twitter meme from there to here since each of my responses was practically a blog post anyway.

In my dream world, I would like to participate in both the weekly Slice of Life and IMWAYR link ups, but the reality is  I combine the two, so never feel entirely comfortable posting to both. There’s gotta be some kind of in-between, yeah? I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

I just try to keep things as low pressure as possible here, so I’ll actually keep up with this thing.

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  1. A.M.B.

    Congrats on a great year of reading! Mine wasn’t so successful. I haven’t been keeping track of my reading, but I’m not even in the middle of anything right now (too many deadlines at the moment). Hopefully, 2019 will be better for me. Happy New Year!

    • Akilah

      Deadlines (and moving) ruin everything that are not directly related. But you also won NaNoWriMo, which I didn’t get past the second week of, so I’d say you’re still winning.

      • A.M.B.

        I’m lucky that NaNoWriMo fell during a relatively quiet month for me. My policy work was on hold while the lawmakers I deal with were out campaigning, and the major litigation deadline I was supposed to have in November got continued (the other party filed for an extension). So, I didn’t have to take much work home with me. It was wonderful! :-)

  2. hmsgofita

    Goodreads is the only way I track what I read and I love the end of year stats on most pages and least pages read, etc. Plus Goodreads allows me to track how many I read each month. Looks like you had a successful year! Good luck with your reading and blogging goals in the year to come!

  3. Elisabeth Ellington

    I try to track my reading with Goodreads, but there are always a few titles I forget to add. I’ve kept a paper record in a notebook since I was 16 and quit keeping that this year. I’m actually planning to go through and fill in the months after I quit writing stuff down because even though I don’t really want to keep a paper record anymore, I also think it would suck to keep a notebook since age 16 and then abandon it for no good reason!


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