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My 2018 in Books

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Happy 2019 everyone! I’m jumping on the 2018 stats post bandwagon today mostly because I love reading stats. Do you track your reading stats? I would love to get more detailed info on my reading so please let me know how to do it below.

I set a goal of 100 books at the start of the year and read 110 which is pretty good. It’s a lot of books to talk about in a single post though so I’m just going to list them at the bottom and share my top and bottom 5 books and some stats. I LOVE stats!!! Bring on the charts!


Stats from Goodreads

(some books are missing because I don’t set them to read until after I review them)

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Started the year with a 3 star review and ended with a 3 star review. What does that say about my reading year…


Format

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Formats

  • Print – 14 books
  • eBook – 36 books
  • Audiobook – 60 books

Ownership

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Ownership

  • Own – 51 books
  • Borrow: Scribd – 41 books
  • Borrow: Library – 10 books
  • Borrow: NetGalley – 8 books

Top 3 Authors

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Top 3 Authors

  1. Kresley Cole – 10 books
  2. Seanan McGuire – 10 books
  3. Laurell K. Hamilton – 8 books

Male vs Female Authors

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Author Gender

  • Female – 86 books
  • Male – 21 books
  • N/A – 3 books

Top 5 Books


Bottom 5 Books

  • Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major ★★☆☆☆
  • RoomHate by Penelope Ward ★★☆☆☆
  • Nightlife by Rob Thurman ★★☆☆☆
  • Devil to Pay by Jeaniene Frost ★★☆☆☆
  • Dad Jokes? I Think You Mean Rad Jokes! by Elias Hill ★★☆☆☆

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The Book List 2018 Reading List and Stats Elaine Howlin Blog

The list is arranged as book title, author, date finished, genre, format, rating.

  1. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawernce – January 2nd, Classics, Paperback ★★★★☆
  2. Sunglasses After Dark by Nancy A. Collins – January 12th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★☆☆
  3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – January 16th, YA Dystopia, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – January 25th, Fantasy, Paperback ★★★★★

  5. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire – January 27th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  6. Nightlife by Rob Thurman – January 28th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★☆☆☆
  7. MacRieve by Kresley Cole – January 28th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander – February 7th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  9. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – February 15th, Science Fiction, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  10. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – February 17th, Nonfiction, Audiobook ★★★★★
  11. Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou – February 17th, Memoir, Audiobook ★★★★★
  12. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire – February 17th, YA Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  13. Dark Skye by Kresley Cole – February 19th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  14. The Hound of Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – February 21t, Classic Mystery, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  15. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde – February 21st, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  16. The Head That Wears a Crown: Speeches for Royal Men by William Shakespeare – February 25th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  17. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – February 25th, Literary, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  18. The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole – Paranormal Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  19. Black Friday by Karen Chance – February 26th, Urban Fantasy, Online Short Story ★★★★☆
  20. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – February 26th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  21. Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance – March 3rd, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  22. Wild Fire by Christine Feehan – March 4th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  23. Salomé by Oscar Wilde – March 5th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  24. She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith – March 5th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★★
  25. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire – March 5th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★

  26. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire – March 6th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  27. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire – March 7th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  28. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire – March 8th, Urban Fantasy ★★★★★
  29. Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family by Marian Keyes – March 10th, Humour, Audiobook ★★★★★
  30. Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson – March 14th, Comic Humour, eBook ★★★★★
  31. Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire – March 17th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  32. Tall, Dark & Hungry by Lynsay Sands – March 18th, Paranormal Romance ★★★☆☆
  33. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – March 27th, YA Contemporary, Paperback ★★★★★
  34. The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness by David & Stephen Flynn – April 4th, Cook Book, Hardback ★★★★★
  35. Room Hate by Penelope Ward – April 4th, Contemporary Romance, Audiobook  ★★☆☆
  36. Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright – April 5th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  37. Dad Jokes? I Think You Mean Rad Jokes by Elias Hill – April 5th, Comic Humour, eBooks ★★★☆☆
  38. Vegan 100 by Gaz Oakley – April 10th, Cook Book, eBook ★★★★★
  39. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – April 10th, Contemporary, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  40. Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major – April 11th, Comic Humour, eBook ★★☆☆☆
  41. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire – April 11th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  42. Braving the Elements by K.F. Breene – April 13th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  43. Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell – April 13, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  44. Veggie Burger Atelier by Nina Olsson – April 15th, Cook Book, eBook ★★★★★
  45. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews – April 18th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  46. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon – April 28th, Comic Urban Fantasy, Paperback ★★★★☆
  47. Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd – May 7th, Comic Humour, eBook ★★★★★
  48. My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran – May 7th, Historical Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  49. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better by Hilary Campbell – May 7th, Comic Nonfiction, eBook ★★★☆☆
  50. Rockabilly/Psychobilly: An Art Anthology by Jamie Kendall – May 8th, Art, eBook ★★★★★

  51. Afterburn & Aftershock by Sylvia Day – June 4th, Contemporary Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  52. Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare – June 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  53. Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews – June 4th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  54. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – June 4th, Contemporary Romance, eBook ★★★★★
  55. Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare – June 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  56. Falling for a Dancer by Deirdre Purcell – June 17th, Historical, Paperback ★★★★★
  57. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – June 17th, Self Help, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  58. The Virgin and the Gypsy and Other Stories by D.H. Lawrence – June 17th, Classic Short Stories, Hardcover ★★★☆☆
  59. Nadiya’s Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain – June 24th, Cook Book, Hardcover ★★★★★
  60. Only for the Weekend by Ella Sheridan – June 29th, Erotica, eBook ★★★☆☆
  61. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 7th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  62. The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne by Margery Brady – July 9th, Nonfiction, Hardcover ★★★★☆
  63. The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 17th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  64. Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 18th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  65. The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 18th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  66. Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 19th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  67. The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 25th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  68. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene – July 26th, Classics, eBook ★★★★☆
  69. Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 29th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  70. Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton – August 1st, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  71. The Professional by Kresley Cole – August 2nd, Erotica, eBook ★★★★☆
  72. The Second Sex (extracts) by Simone de Beauvoir – August 2nd, Feminism, Paperback ★★★★☆

  73. Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole – August 5th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  74. Lover’s Knot by Karen Chance – August 6th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  75. Shadow’s Bane by Karen Chance – August 13th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  76. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews – August 17th. Science Fiction, eBook ★★★★★
  77. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews – August 19th, Science Fiction, eBook ★★★★★
  78. Devil to Pay by Jeaniene Frost – August 20th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★☆☆☆
  79. Shadow’s Seduction by Kresley Cole – August 28th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  80. Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher – August 31st, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★☆
  81. The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken – September 1st, Contemporary Romance, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  82. The Princess Bride by William Goldman – September 4th, Fantasy, Paperback ★★★☆☆
  83. Dragon’s Claw by Karen Chance – September 27th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  84. The Price of Pleasure by Kresley Cole – October 10th, Historical Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  85. I Am Heathcliff by Kate Mosse – October 11th, Short Stories, Audiobook ★★★★★
  86. How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb – October 18th, Memoir, Audiobook ★★★★★
  87. A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde – October 26th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  88. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell – October 31st, Classic Romance, Paperback ★★★★☆
  89. Red Queen by Elizabeth Aveyard – November 3rd, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★☆
  90. When a Scot Ties the Know by Tessa Dare – November 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  91. Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – November 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  92. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole – November 7th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★☆
  93. Racing Hearts: First Heat by Ruth Gowan – November 9th, Contemporary Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  94. Endless Knight by Kresley Cole – November 9th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★★
  95. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – November 10th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  96. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole – November 12th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★★
  97. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare – November 14th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  98. Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire – November 20th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  99. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – November 24th, Classic, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  100. The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire – November 25th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★

  101. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – November 29th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★☆☆
  102. Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt – November 29th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  103. The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands & Jeaniene Frost – November 26th, Paranormal Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  104. Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb – November 30th, Historical Fiction, Audiobook ★★★★★
  105. I Thee Wed by Amanda Quick – December 1st, Historical Romance, Mystery, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  106. Wicked Widow by Amanda Quick – December 2nd, Historical Romance, Mystery, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  107. Voyeur by Fiona Cole – December 3rd, Contemporary Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  108. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood – December 13th, Cosy Mystery, Historical, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  109. Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen – December 15th, Cosy Mystery, Historical, Audiobook  ★★★★☆
  110. Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen – December 21st, Cosy Mystery, Historical, Audiobook ★★★★☆

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How was your reading year?

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Organise Your Library with these 4 Websites

With a book buying addiction and all the different deals out there on various sites and in different formats, I have a messy collection of books. I wanted something to list everything (ebooks, audiobooks, and print) together and be able to tag each item with searchable information.

These websites help to keep ALL of my books satisfyingly organised so I can view them based on genre, author, series, tags, collections, reading status and more.

Organise your Library with these websites Elaine Howlin Literary Blog


Image result for goodreads icon Goodreads

Goodreads is probably the most popular literary social media site. It’s formatted in a slightly similar way to FaceBook in that there is a newsfeed where you see updates and activity from your friends. You can also join groups focusing on many many different topics, share photos and follow authors.

Goodreads My Books Page Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Goodreads focuses more on the social aspects of reading and sharing books but there are a lot of organisational tools available as well. On the My Books page, you can organise your books into Bookshelves. You start with the basic All, Read, Currently Reading and Want to Read shelves but you can add more by clicking (Edit) next to the title Bookshelves at the top of the list. The shelves you create can be used in a similar way to tags and you can add a book to several shelves. You can also create more exclusive shelves like the Read and Currently Reading shelves at the top. When a book is on one of these shelves it cannot be on another exclusive shelf but can be added to any of the others.

Goodreads Edit Shelves Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

When adding your books you can set the format (paperback, ebook, etc.), ownership, where you purchased it, condition, recommend it to people, and the dates you read it.

Goodreads Shelf Settings Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Goodreads Reading Activity Elaine Howlin Literary BlogOne of my favourite features is the column settings on the shelves. You can have different settings for each shelf containing whatever information you want such as read count, dates, number of pages, etc.

At the lower part of your My Books page, you can view some limited stats about your reading such as most read authors, how many pages you’ve read this year (reading stats) and if you’ve synced your kindle you can view any notes you’ve made in your books.

 


Image result for librarything icon LibraryThing

LibraryThing has so many fields for metadata it makes me giddy at all the ways to organise my books. There is functionality for setting the format, condition (including weight!), tags, collections, and notes for your books. It is a must for any collectors. I’m dreaming of cataloguing Folio Society books… that I don’t have

LibraryThing Home Page Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

LibraryThing Stats/Memes Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

 

I have only skimmed the service of everything you can do with this site but my main love is the Stats/Memes section. Here you can view a tonne of information about your books. Which ones have won what awards, what lists they’re on, how many members read the same books as you, what books you’ve read set in certain places, major events that occur in your books, where the authors are from and so much more!

 

LibraryThing Stats Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

 


 

Image result for fictfact icon FictFact

FictFact is specifically designed to help you track your series. On your profile, you have a list of your series broken into Next Books, Coming Soon, To Be Read, Reading, and Read. Coming Soon lists the next releases in all the series you are following.

FictFact Profile Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Visiting the My Series page which is listed in the dropdown menu under Profile shows you the full list of series you’re reading, your progress and the next book you need to read.

FictFact Series Traacking Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Visiting a books page gives you details about that specific book, shows you all the books in the series and where you are in it. You can skip certain books, add information such as tags, ownership, format and a rating.

FictFact Book Page Series Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

I use FictFact to track my progress in a series including any short stories or novellas that have been released.


LibraryCat LibraryCat

I adore this site! LibraryCat uses the information from your LibraryThing account to create a catalogue of your books. It is so beautiful and streamlined I love looking through my books on it.

LibraryCat Elaine Howlin's Library Literary Blog

As with a real library, you can set patrons and mark books as available or checked out. I created a profile for myself and my husband (which he’ll never use) and marked my current read as checked out.

LibraryCat Book View checked out Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

LibraryCat’s format is very simple but gives you a more interesting way to browse your personal library. It’s free to join for personal use.

LibraryCat Contemporary Search Elaine Howlin Literary Blog


Do you use any of these websites to track your books? What’s your favourite function on them?

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Reading stats so far this year

Reading stats

91 books in 2016! I appear to be a reading machine this year! Truth be told, I haven’t really read that much. Just seems it since Goodreads counts short stories, novellas, and graphic novels as books too (although, what actually constitutes a book?…).

I read so little in 2015 and 2014 because our wedding was in August 2015 and it was completely DIY held in my parents front yard. I was spending every available moment making paper flowers, menus, favours, invitations, etc. etc. It was very time consuming and loads of fun! I loved every minute of it. I did miss reading, though.

I joined the site in 2011 and wasn’t very active until the following year. I’m on it every day now. Find so many books I want to read there and I love the groups.

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