My year in books

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read a massive amount of comics in 2019. One contributing factor was comiXology, the other one Kindle Unlimited. For Christmas this year I gifted myself with collected hardback editions of all volumes of Saga, Vol. 1 and Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, but I also very much enjoyed the Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars series by Lemire.

My most anticipated sequel to a series this year was Tiamat’s Wrath and it did not disappoint, 5 stars! Children of Ruin and Storm Cursed were fun sequels as well.

Favourite novels were A Memory Called Empire—looking forward to that sequel, sadly only in 2021–and The Raven Tower, an author that has become an instabuy for me. Also unexpectedly good was Afterparty.

Other honorable mentions for novels:

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1) by Mira Grant

Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle, #1) by C.L. Polk

Semiosis (Semiosis Duology, #1) by Sue Burke

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers

The Girl with All the Gifts (The Girl with All the Gifts, #1) by M.R. Carey

Best brain candy was The Cavern. Underwater horror stuff is my favourite!

My favourite novellas this year were Walking to Aldebaran and The Black Tides of Heaven—to be continued at some point.

Some excellent short stories were to be found in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories.

Honorable mentions for short stuff:

Emergency Skin (Forward collection) by N.K. Jemisin

Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 145 by Neil Clarke

Articulated Restraint by Mary Robinette Kowal

Lightspeed Magazine, February 2012 by John Joseph Adams

The Best We Can A Tor.com Original by Carrie Vaughn

Biggest disappointments of the year were Hollow Kingdom and Emily Eternal—this sounded so great, but was such a mess…

Also not for me were:

Inheritor (Foreigner, #3) by C.J. Cherryh

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander

Randomize by Andy Weir

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire, #1) by Grace Draven

All in all this was a good reading year. But I planned ahead a lot and committed to too many buddy reads. They were fun, but barely left me room for any mood reading. So the big plan for 2020: fewer buddy reads and a serious attempt at minimizing my TBR pile. Less planning, fewer statistics and more spontaneous choices…

Happy new year and lots of great books for all of us in 2020!

Authors stats 2019:

Male authors: 79
Female authors: 58
Non-binary authors: 4
Authors of color: 18

US-American author: 95
United Kingdom: 12
Canada: 6
Australia: 5
France: 4
Germany: 3
China: 2
India: 2

And the rest of the world:
Argentina: 1
Austria: 1
Belgium: 1
Chile: 1
Croatia: 1
Czech Republic: 1
Greece: 1
Grenada: 1
Malaysia: 1
Russia: 1
Singapore: 1
Unknown nationality: 2

Page Stats for 2019:

Total December: 2.281
Total November: 2.381
Total October: 2.662
Total September: 2.606
Total August: 1.855
Total July: 2.038
Total June: 1.797
Total May: 1.944
Total April: 2.530
Total March: 1.707
Total February: 2.389
Total January: 2.819

Monthly Average for 2019: 2.251 pages
Total page count for 2019: 27.009 pages

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