So long 2019

This year was mainly filled with procrastination (although I am well on the way to having two books to hand in this year & I did edit an anthology but that won’t be out until next year either) so my round up is on my reading:

So my goal was 5 books off the TBR per month – I totally failed to do it monthly, and it turns out failed to read 60 books off the TBF – in fact I only managed 43

So out of the 229 books I’ve tracked this year:

Added to the TBR 73
Read 132 (149 last year) not including the DNF (see below)

I read 10 books I received as presents – and this year I asked people to not give me books (I got 3 for Xmas – but expect will get a few for my birthday beginning of January)

I read 15 ARCs (some review copies, some for events where I was interviewing authors, some for the award I judged)

I have 34 DNF this year. I had 7 last year. So I’ve obviously been a lot less patient this year! 30 of the DNF I bought this year too – but at least they didn’t go onto the TBR I guess…

I had 2 “Brilliant” reads this year (absolute 5 stars) – there were 3 last year. The two are:

Ghosts of my life

ghosts of my life

This is how you lose the time war

this is how you lose

I read books from 19 different countries – but no surprise that UK & USA dominated

20 books bought or read by multiple authors
50 by women
159 by men

So I’m doing atrociously on gender balance

My 2019 report then is “must do better”

Happy New Year and see if I do better in 2020 by following this blog

Published by suttope

Pete Sutton has a not so secret lair in the wilds of Fishponds, Bristol and dreams up stories, many of which are about magpies. He's had stuff published, online and in book form, and currently has a pile of words that one day may possibly be a novel. He wrote all about Fishponds for the Naked Guide to Bristol and has made more money from non-fiction than he has from fiction and wonders if that means the gods of publishing are trying to tell him something. You can find him all over social media or worrying about events he’s organised at the Bristol Festival of Literature. On Twitter he’s @suttope and his Bristol Book Blog is here: He's contributing editor of Far Horizons e-magazine which can be found here:

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