2019 By the Book

I read 53 books in 2019.

So, I didn’t realize that I have this obsessive aspect of my personality- where I get to doing something and then convince myself that I need to keep doing it to get to some  magical number.

In 2018, I planned to read 25 books, but that went pretty quickly. So, I was like 50!! My goal is 50. And I got it. But then last year, I was like, 52 is nice because that is a book a week. 52 is the number!!!

Seventy-five percent of the authors I read were white, 13.21% were black, and 9.43% were asian.  I thought I started the year with a lot of diversity, but I somehow just did not keep that going.

Over 70% of the authors I read this year were female.  Compare this to 2018, when only 38% of the authors I read were.  Not bad.  I didn’t do this on purpose.  I am not sure how I managed this.

I read about the same propotion of American authors in 2019 as I did in 2018 (75%). Also, In 2019, about  63% of the books I read were non-fiction, which was slightly up from 2018, when only 54% were.

My favorite books this year were:

The Water Dancer (Ta-Nehisi Coates)

Writing Science in Plain English (Anne Green)

The Valedictorian of Being Dead (Heather Armstrong)

Becoming (Michelle Obama)

Educated (Tara Westover)

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Surival, Resilience, and Redemption (Lauren Hillenbrand)