My love of nonfiction continues! This year saw many changes in my bookish life, below are some of the highlights!
This year I started a new book club! The bookstore I work at saw many new book clubs join the store – we went from 3 in January to 9 by December – we’ve tripled! And there’s room on the schedule for more next year! Of the 9 books we read for nonfiction book club, The Soul of an Octopus was definitely my favorite and I also featured it as a holiday gift recommendation at the store in December.
I finished my 52 books of the year! It seems weird to only have “officially” read 52 books this year, since I “blurb read” hundreds every year. So I use my Goodreads account and challenge for the books I actually sink my teeth into. It’s fun to look at the books that I cherished the experience of reading, and all of the notes that I kept for them in my ever evolving and improving book journal!
This is the cover for the newest iteration of my book journal that should be arriving any day now – it includes pages for ARC reviews and Edelweiss, blog planning pages, individual pages for every book I read, 50 fiction and 50 nonfiction, as well as all of the lists that I love to include as Bookish Tuesday features and can be found on the book journal page on here. It’s even been such a hit, each of my coworkers at the bookstore requested copies of their own and I’m thinking seriously about making and marketing it as the “Ultimate Book Journal” – or something like that. Stay tuned!
Books Read This Year
I made graphs this year! Surprisingly, fiction and nonfiction book numbers were the closest to 50/50 they’ve been in many years! I’m surprised I didn’t finish a single book in September… despite spending 5 days reading on the beach. I think I was reading too many different books, hence the higher October numbers.
Favorites & Goals of the Year
Reading all three books of the Nevernight Chronicle this year was a huge goal for me and while I still have about 20 pages left of Darkdawn, I’m considering it finished this year, whether I manage to stay up late and finish it or not! Range was another favorite nonfiction, but truth be told, after reading most books, I tend to forget them, so my book journal has been a constant companion in assembling this post! While I wanted to say I read and finished every book club book, Death in the Air is still sitting on my nightstand, 8 months after we discussed it, still waiting to be finished – but I think 8 out of the 9 isn’t bad.
I hope everyone had a happy reading year in 2019 and I look forward to continuing to talk about books and share recommendations in the new year – tomorrow will see my recommendations for books coming out in January!