A Look At my 2019 in Books…

2019 Was certainly an interesting year for me regarding reading and general life. I am exactly where I want to be. I am working at a zoo that I never knew I would actually enjoy. Yes every work place has it’s politics, but as long as I keep my head straight I should not be too negatively affected by it. I have completed a whole year of living with Milou in The Netherlands, my Dutch has slightly improved from when I got here in 2018 and we are both happy. My goal for 2019 regarding books was set at 30. 30 Is a total I still feel can be a challenge for myself as I tend to think that I do not read that fast. I have dipped my toes into audio books, it has been a fun thing to do and I enjoy listening to some one else read while I cycle to and from work everyday as well as in the morning when there is no one at the zoo and I am busy preparing the park for the day’s operations. I have set my goal for this year at 30 books again and I am positive that I could probably easy make that number seeing as I finished 2019 on 60 books…

There are a few things that are going to happen this year that might hinder or influence my reading habits, but I will be touching down on them in a later post. I came here today do brag at my 60 books… I also decided to just copy and paste my stats from Good Reads as that is the only place I keep track of my books. I find it at times to be a bit inconsistent regarding the editions that they show case as well as the page totals that differ enormously at times as to the physical copy I might have. At times I feel I am lying when I add the page total to my reviews, I only started doing the new way of reviewing books half way through the year though so I have not been lying too much I think?

Lets take a look at my 2019…20192
It is funny that the shortest book I read ended up not even making it onto WP as I DNF’ed it at the first “story” already. People thought it would be funny to poke fun at Poe and make him out to be a drunk who retells some of his famous works, but it was done in such a distasteful way, I am kind of sad that Salty Mc Dave was not around at the time to take the reigns on this one. It was a Net Galley book so I at least saved myself around 20 dollars for a crock of actual fecal matter. I did give the publishers an earful over there though. Do not mess with people who are dead and do it in such vulgar way…

My longest book for 2019 was also a very difficult review for me to write as I was completely at war with myself afterwards. Big part of me wants to praise the land Weeks walks on, a different part of me wants to punch him the penis for his incessant use of people thinking about sex when there is war on all fronts going on. Then again that whole part is what made the characters even more human so it was a good thing? See what I mean with at war with myself?

As for popular and least popular I can totally see why Sherlock Holmes is so loved. 2019 also saw me finally starting Arthur “Doyle’s Sherlock series, I do not know why it has taken me nearly 35 years to seek the man out, I have a lot of catching up to do… Toy Story was only read by 12 people on GR? Something clearly went wrong with the promotion of this. I had fun reading the Manga version of Toy Story 2, but its probably best to just go see the original Pixar film as this manga just sums up what happens with key moments from the film.

2019 high
I gave this the highest rating than any one else on GR? I did like this as I have now read the first two volumes as well. The art is amazing… Let me give an example:

Not all the pages have colour tho, but the adventures of the people on Aqua are just interesting to follow. If Net Galley end up putting Vol. 4 out I will not hesitate to request.

Talking about Net Galley, 2019 was an exeptional year for me there in regards to requested books being approved. Among them I had nearly 30 books set in Warhammer territory, every one that follows this blog should by now have had the notion that I am a total fanboy of the WH universe. I do not own any of the plastic armies nor am I familiar with the board game side of this vast beast, yet I am totally invested in the lore and bookish side of it as it was the books that first drew me in before I knew about the games. I was going to put this part in a highlights post later this week, but thought I might as well do it now as NG is part of most of the books I read in 2019 and will be continuing to read going into 2020.

I seem to have become quite stingy with my book ratings throughout the year it seems. I have a total of 8 books that I gave 5 out of 5 in 2019. Yeah I guess some books could have been definite 5’s, yet there was some stuff that either pissed me off or totally took my enjoyment out of it. I did have a lot of 4 star ratings so it was not all bad. I think I am going to pick 1 favorite out of each category and link the post for those interested in having a glimpse back with me…

5 Star
42944439Konrad Curze: The Night Haunter- Guy Haley

This was dificult as I had to choose between Curze and Angron, I managed to get both these from NG and loved them both a lot. Not so much an origin story as it is a jumble of glimpses into the life of the Primarch, it was the best edgy Batman in space novel though. Haley had my interest from the start though.

4 Star:
Sea-of-Rust-197x300Sea of Rust โ€“ C Robert Cargill
Another difficult choice as there was a lot of 4 star books I actually loved. This was a really good novel and I am not sure if I did the book any justice in my review. Does not matter though, it is my favorite 4 star of 2019.

3 Star:
legendI am Legend- Richard Matheson
My friends, this was the easiest choice by far to make. This book saw the emergence of Salty Mc Dave for the first time. I have had other persona’s do a book review from time to time, but from this specific review there was certainly enough substance to create a character completely at odds with who I am. Salty will probably make a return in 2020 and I hope he can make you chuckle as he has made me do in re-reading the review…

2 Stars:
cover164555-mediumAquaman: Unspoken Water Vol.1- Kelly De Connick
Certainly can’t say this was a favorite, but this was also the early stages of Salty taking hold. I have to mentionย Bookstooge as partly being the inspiration for Mc Dave taking form later on. Aquaman was read a lot earlier in the year than I am Legend…

1 Star:
relayRelay TP Vol. 1: Reality Denied โ€“ Zac Thompson
Seeing as this was the only review I gave 1 Star for, I still do not know what half of the stuf that happened here meant or what the plans or brains behind this was if there was any. 18 Dollars saved again thanks to NG.

That has been my little glimpse into 2019 friends. I am happy with my totals and reviews of last year. I do feel some reviews could have been written a whole lot better, but I will strive to do better in the coming year. I hope I will see you all there cheering me on in 2020. Hope you all good and safe. I plan on giving a Reading Plans as well as a year Plan later this week, keep your eyes open. January is going to be full of surprises I feel…

Cheers to the New Year!

27 thoughts on “A Look At my 2019 in Books…

  1. A 3.5 average for the year is pretty good in my opinion. Means you read a wide variety, and a wide variety ALWAYS means you get stinkers ๐Ÿ˜€

    I don’t use GR, but every time I see someone using their stats I am wicked jealous. It’s all so nice and easy and well laid out.

    Looking forward to your future posts…

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      1. Agree!

        And maybe he can still come out & review that horrible Poe ‘parody’? ๐Ÿ™‚

        60 books is great!! I guess cycling to work is not as boring if you can listen to audiobooks! I always tell myself to listen to more books when I’m driving but I mostly just feel like music..

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      2. Cant remember too much of the Poe parody to do a post on it… it was just really distasteful… nothing wrong with music while driving๐Ÿ™‚.


  2. Some nice stats ๐Ÿ™‚

    3.5 average… it seems I have a 4.3 one (3.89 all-time). I choose to believe it’s because I’ve been really good at choosing only the best stuff in 2019 ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Also – thanks again for keeping Akira high on my TBR, one day I’ll go back and finally read more than just chapter one ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. It sounds like you had a great reading year, plus on a personal level with living overseas and improving your language skills. Working in a zoo sounds fascinating! Hope that 2020 is another good reading year.

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  4. We finished on about the same. I managed 61 this year. Just squeezed an extra review out in between Xmas and New Year.

    Think I’ll set my goal at 50 again. Roughly 1 a week with 2 weeks slack time sounds doable with audio books helping. There’s always graphic novels if I struggle ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Yea, you must have a fair few Black Library ones to look forward to in the coming months ๐Ÿ™‚

        I want to get through a few 500+ page ones this year. There’s at least one 700+ book I need to slog through.

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  5. It’s nice to hear about how much you were able to achieve in terms of reading, especially when it’s double what you expected of yourself! I’m also glad that you are at a happy place right now in your life and I hope things will continue to get better for you, sir. Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Happy new year! And I love seeing Goodreads statistics/graphics on blogs, they really break it down nicely. I had to chuckle at your thoughts on Weeks’ book though – it’s been a while since I read that one, and I totally forgot about all the characters’ fixation on sex!

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    1. When i reaf that i made some one chuckle, my day is made๐Ÿ™‚. Weeks is a good writer, but the sex couldve stayed some where else. This aint no Mills and Boone… happy new year to you too๐Ÿพ


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