2019 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

I began the year well, reading-wise. I read 18 books and enjoyed/liked the majority of them. There were only three that I didn’t like, and only one of the three that I hated — The Stand. But read on to see my stats for this year’s first quarter.

Books | Audio Books | Comics

Books by month


City of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wild Chronicles, book 3) ★★★★☆ ½

The Stand by Stephen King ★☆☆☆☆ ½ [DNF]

Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce (The Immortals, book 2) ★★★☆☆ [reread]

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou ★★★★☆ ½


Comet Rising by MarcyKate Connolly (Shadow Weaver, book 2) ★★☆☆☆ ½

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb (Rain Wild Chronicles, book 4) ★★★★☆

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor, book 1) ★★★★☆

Behind the Canvas by Alexander Vance ★★☆☆☆ ½

The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais (illus.) ★★★★☆ ½

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey ★★★★★


To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer ★★★★☆

Audio books by month


Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy (narr.) ★★★★★


Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris (narr.) ★★★★☆


The Alienist by Caleb Carr, narr. by Edward Herrman (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, book 1) ★★★☆☆ ½

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, narr. by Alan Sklar (Hannibal Lecter, book 1) ★★★☆☆

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen, narr. by Saskia Maarleveld (Steampunk Proper Romance, book 1) ★★★★☆

Comics & graphic novels by month



Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola, illus. by Emily Carroll ★★★☆☆

The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness by Robert Kondo (illus.) & Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi (illus.) ★★☆☆☆


Favorites of the bunch

The Little Red Wolf
To Night Owl from Dogfish
Bad Blood

Least liked

The Stand
Behind the Canvas
The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness

Did Not Finish

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Best stories

City of Dragons
To Night Owl from Dogfish
The Alienist

Best writing

The Snow Child
Bad Blood

Best narration (audio books)

Holidays on Ice

Best illustrations (illustrated books & comics/graphic novels)

The Little Red Wolf

Most fitting book title

To Night Owl from Dogfish

Most unique/impactful story

Dopesick (impactful)

Cover love

Reading challenges hits ‘n’ misses

Goodreads Challenge

books read = 18/50

Books I must read this year

books read = 0 | total so far = 0/8

Read some comics/graphic novels

comics read = 2 | total so far = 2/10

Baba Yaga’s Assistant
The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness

2019 TBR Pile Challenge

books read = 0 | total so far = 0/12

Classics Club Reading Challenge

books read = 0 | total so far = 0/2

Read some horror

books read = 1 | total so far = 1/4

The Stand

Reading stats

Longest book

The Stand = approx. 960 pages (DNF last hundred or so pages)

Shortest book

The Little Red Wolf = approx. 80 pages


Physical = 12
Audio = 5
E-book = 1


Fantasy = 9
Nonfiction = 2
Contemporary = 1
Historical = 1
Horror = 1
Humor = 1
Mystery = 1
Supernatural = 1
Thriller = 1

Age group

Adult = 10
Middle grade = 6
Children = 1
YA = 1

Protagonist gender

Ensemble = 7
Female = 7
Male = 4

Author gender

Female = 11
Male = 7


Mine (bought before 2018) = 2
New (bought in/after 2018) = 2
Friends/Family = 0
Library = 14
ARC = 0

Currently reading

19 thoughts on “2019 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

  1. I love that you’re keeping track of your stats quarterly. Which reminds me that I need to update my spreadsheet for this year! Looks like you’re having a pretty good year so far, hope it continues!


  2. Your reading is so diverse! Is there a genre that you don’t read? And you did so well with The Stand. Why did you DNF it so close to the finish? That’s a humongous book though.


    1. Thank you! ☺️
      Gurl that Stand book was frustrating to read. To me, it seemed that the story kept restarting until I was about 600 or so pages in. I didn’t like the majority of characters or how women are protrayed. It was horrible. I don’t like that book. It’s a miracle I made it that far in. And the end sucks (I looked it up on Wikipedia). Have you ever read it?


      1. Nope. I have only read Carrie and 11/23/69 by King. I tried reading Green Mile but couldn’t get into it. The Stand sounds insane. First of all, that number of pages already scare me lol then it just sounds terrible esp with what you mentioned about the portrayal of women. Have you read any of his other stuff? I’ve watched Mr. Mercedes but never read it.


        1. His books tend to run long. I’m attempting to read his books in publication order. I read Carrie as well but didn’t like it. ‘Salem’s Lot was good and I consider The Shining a favorite.
          Yea, skip the Stand. It’s not worth it.


  3. I loved reading this post! It’s great to look back through your stats and see how your reading is going. I’m obsessed with my reading stats. It sounds like you’re having a good reading year, I hope the next quarter is as good (if not even better!). x


    1. Thanks! It’s great so far. I hope it is going well for you too and will continue.
      I like the stats for tracking what I’m doing. It’s great to look back on them at the end of the year.


  4. Every time I read your posts, I kick myself for being behind on Robin Hobb. I was thinking about it just yesterday and how I need to get back to her books again – I’m taking this as a sign I definitely should! I got through the Queen of the Tearling but was really disappointed by the entire trilogy, so don’t blame you on that one. You’ve had a really good start to the year!


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