Hey everyone! Today, I’m here to talk about my reading through the decade. I was originally going to post this in December, but I kind of lost steam towards the end of the year so I scrapped it because this post required too much research. I had to go through emails, my Nook, and old photos to compile this because I didn’t start tracking my reading until 2016. Hope you enjoy this though!
I was a junior in college and depressed. I didn’t have time to read because of school and other activities; however, my dad gifted me my first ereader (Barnes & Noble Nook) and my love for ebooks began.
I discovered The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson this year and my love for mystery novels. I devoured this entire trilogy on my ereader in a matter of days. I also read I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, 1st to Die by James Patterson, and lots of C.S. Lewis’s nonfiction books (Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, etc.). I tried to read a really popular Christian fiction novel, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, during that time and ended up DNFing it.
I also attempted to read classics this year so I bought a bunch of B&N edition classics (Madame Bovary, David Copperfield, Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities). Unfortunately, I never made significant progress on any of those books. I was DNFing books before I had language for it.
I graduated from college this year and got my first post-grad job. I read The Hunger Games trilogy (LOOOOOVE), the sequel to I Am Number Four (The Power of Six), and I was completely obsessed with fairy tales because of Once Upon A Time (tv show) so I read Grimm’s Fairy Tales. I also read other things that I can’t recall at the moment, but those were the highlights of that year.
I got into a really bad car accident a few days into 2012. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured, but my car was totaled. That accident put me in the market for a new car so half the year was spent car shopping and reading about car shopping. The book I specifically remember reading about this was Don’t Get Taken Every Time by Remar Sutton.
Once I got a car and things settled, I discovered Janet Evanovich and proceeded to read the first 13 books in her Stephanie Plum series. I also tried to read Wuthering Heights this year. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into that.
I relocated this year, but I had some difficulty adjusting to the new environment and new job so I spent a lot of time traveling back home and less time reading. However, I managed to read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, continued James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series, and started Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series. I DNFed a few books that year too. Also, I turned 25 at the end of this year! That was a lot of fun.
Moved into my first apartment. This was kind of a big deal so not a lot of reading this year. I tried to read The Giver by Lois Lowry and kind of DNFed it because I was really bored.
Started a new job and a personal blog because I wanted a place to share my thoughts. I was dealing with a lot. I mostly read fanfiction this year; however, I did manage to read Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, the first Percy Jackson book, and attempted my first audiobook (The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes). Also, my obsession with Hamilton started.
This was a great year personally. I started grad school that fall, traveled a lot, saw Beyonce and Adele in concert, and learned to love myself. My reading was minimal, but mostly school-related and non-fiction. I ended up reading 11 books leisure books, which included Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae, You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson, The Wrath & The Dawn, The Sun Is Also A Star and a few other books.
I discovered Bookstagram in November and started my account. I wasn’t active though.
This is the year I actually started reviewing books. Before then, I had no interest in writing reviews, but my best friend encouraged me to do it because I always had so much to say to her. Lol! So, I became more active on Bookstagram and started reviewing books on Tumblr. Eventually, I started what you now know as this blog in September. I read 43 books this year. Most of it was young adult because I discovered so many books through Bookstagram. I read and loved: Lady Midnight, Six of Crows duology, The Hate U Give, and lots of other books.
I graduated from my master’s program and started working in my field! I read 76 books this year and I started reviewing ARCs. I was lucky enough to get approved for an ARC of The Kingdom of Copper, aka my most anticipated book of 2019. I read so many good books this year. Some became my all-time favorites: The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty, The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Song of Achilles, The Poet X, and An Ember in the Ashes.
I surpassed last year’s stats and finished 100 books this year! Not quite as many standouts as 2018 so I was disappointed by that but still a good reading year. My favorites from this year were The Dragon Republic, Scythe, On the Come Up, and a few more (check out my best of 2019 post)
So there you have it! My reading through the decade. Here’s to more books in this new decade!