Goodreads has prepared their annual review of books read and rated by their users in 2019, and my reading list apparently went downhill in 2019, with an average book rating of 2.7. (Last year’s average book rating was 3.5.) I attribute this decline to a couple of factors:
- I only read a couple of Nero Wolfe books this year.
- I decided to eschew the “pick a random book” reading model I’ve been using for the past few years, and go with “read books in the order I acquired them” instead. This put me back at books I picked up starting in 2015, many of which were, I think, free books from the early days of my participation in the BookBub mailing list, and a lot of these were subpar YA offerings. (Interestingly, back in 2015 or 2016, I tried to get one of my books — Dragon Stones, of course — into a BookBub promotion, and they rejected it because it only had 20 or so reviews/ratings so they couldn’t be sure it was up to their standards. Hmm.)
Aside from the quality of my reading material, there were a few other, uh, issues that cropped up towards the end of 2019 which affected how much reading I got done. I’ll be getting into that soon. But for now, let’s just look at the books:
6 thoughts on “That Was The Year That Was (In Books): 2019 Edition”
Well, there’s your problem, not enough Nero Wolfe!
Do you always finish a book once you start reading it?
Almost! But if I find a book exceptionally dull or annoying, I’ll bail on it partway through. I did that a lot following “The Event” in November when I had not much to do except read and decided that life was too short to slog through bad books. (More on “The Event” will be coming in the next several weeks.)
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I feel the same way, but I leave all unfinished books with a good-sized load of guilt, lol. I’ll have to watch for “The Event” – sounds intriguing.