December is A Month of Favorites, hosted by Estella’s Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T. Today’s reflection comes in the form of a timeline… and you just might get a few more hints about those potential favorite books of the year I mentioned in Monday’s introduction.
A Year in Books Timeline
Which month did you… read the most, the least, read the book you liked LEAST for the year, read your longest book, tried a new genre, fell hard for a book boyfriend, re-read a favorite, finished an epic series, read something you’ve been wanting to read for a long time, etc.
I started the year with a bang, thanks to Bout of Books 9.0. However, I also had my first DNF of the year early.
In February I read the fewest books… and not just because it’s the shortest month. Even with another two or three days I wouldn’t have caught up to my usual. However, partly thanks to the Dubuque Tournament of Books (which was in March but I started reading for in February), most of the books I did read were really good.
In March I got to judge the Dubuque Tournament of Books, which was a really fun experience, even if the ultimate winner was – to me – a confusingly popular disappointment. I also read my first ever comics this month.
In April I participated in my first Dewey Read-a-Thon, and discovered the joy of re-reading childhood favorites. I also read my only 1-star book of the year this month, which prompted me to re-read some of my adult favorites as well. Overall it was a great month for re-reading… but it also holds the first of my potential favorites (hint: this one involves a time-jumping dual narrative).
With the exception of Bout of Books 10, May was a pretty average reading month.
In June I found another potential favorite for the year (hint: this one inspired me to re-read one of my all-time favorites, on a similar theme).
In July I read yet another potential favorite for the year (hint: this was one of the new-to-me authors, one whom I’d been meaning to read for a while). This was also the month that I found out I was pregnant… and started thinking about how that’s going to affect – among other things in my life – my reading in the future.
August was a good month for series. I read a long-awaited series finale, as well as the next installments in a couple of my favorite ongoing series. I also read my fourth potential favorite for the year (hint: in a month focused on series reads, this was a rare stand-alone). This was also Bout of Books 11, though my participation was quite limited since it was the same week as my brother’s wedding.
In September I finally finished a series I’d been slowly re-reading since Dewey’s in April. I also read one of the year’s most hyped books, one which is currently popping up on “best of” lists all over the place, and one which – for me – didn’t live up to the hype.
In October I read the most books, largely thanks to my ’90s Nostalgia Fright Fest Read-Along, which overlapped nicely with my second (much more low-key) Dewey Read-a-Thon.
In November I started working toward some of my pre-baby goals, including some focused re-reading and getting ahead on ITW titles. This was also the month I read my longest book of the year (and – hint! – my final contender for favorite book).
December… is still a work in progress. However, I can already tell you that it might end up beating February for “fewest books read.”
What were some of your reading highlights this year?