Classics Club Spin Result and Some 2019 Bookish Stats

So the Classics Club folks chose number 13 as the Spin number, which means that my next CC pick is A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor. Here’s the Goodreads summary:

This now classic book revealed Flannery O’Connor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash, about to meet the final enemy.

Sounds like a cheerful way to start the year, ha ha!

And now, some of my reading stats to close out 2019.

Total books read (including middle-grade and chapter books read with my son:) 110

Fiction: 96


Middle Grade/Chapter Books: 36

Poetry: 4

Mysteries/Thrillers: 23

Romance: 3

Short Story Collections: 4

Audiobooks: 3.5 (had to return Ta-Nehisi Coates’s We Were Eight Years in Power midway through because it had a hold on it but I’m going to get it again.)

YA: 2

Rereads: 1 (Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh)

Classics: 12

Books I Owned: 16

Blog Happenings This Year:

Participated in Reading Ireland Month

Made progress on my Classics Club list (17 down, 34 to go!)

Participated in RIP XIV

Participated in #MARM

Participated in Jackie’s Thanksgiving Readathon

Thanks for reading my blog this year, writing such thoughtful comments, giving me such good recommendations, and just being an awesome bookish community in general. I hope you all had a great reading year and wish you the best for 2020!

21 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin Result and Some 2019 Bookish Stats

  1. I’ve never read anything by Flannery O’Connor so I can’t wait to hear what you think about this one.

    You’ve had an awesome reading year!! I’m so happy to read this post. And I’m happy to have spent 2019 with you! Here’s to 2020 🙂

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  2. I’m in awe of how good you are at participating in other blog challenges, it’s such a fun way to get involved and I’m TERRIBLE at doing this. I really enjoy reading along with you and your blog, here’s hoping we have lots of wonderful books ahead of us both in 2020. xo

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  3. Looks like you had a great year and well done on your challenges! I haven’t read any Flannery O’Connor but I’m sure one of her books is still languishing on my old Great American Novels list – I’ll be intrigued to hear what you think of her. Hope 2020 is a bookishly good new year!

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  4. Flannery O’connor is one of those authors that impress me so much I am scared to open their books! I look forward to hear what you think of this one. I love reading other people’s stats and making my own (in a few days). Happy new year to you!

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  5. Ohhh, I’ve had this one unread on my shelves for a couple of …decades? can it be? … are you starting straight away? I’ll go see if I can put hands on it. Should make for happy company with Mavis Gallant for me!

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  6. Wow! You had a great year! Did you re-read Harriet the Spy with your son? I wonder what he would think of it– that’s such a fun novel!

    How do you keep track of all your book stats? I love that you’ve broken these down by genre. Did you have any reading goals you met or didn’t quite? Haha — sorry for the 20 questions. I am so curious!

    Also, most important questions: What was your favorite book read in 2019? Least favorite?

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    1. I actually reread Harriet the Spy by myself! I think he’d like it , though, so perhaps we can try it together.

      I have been keeping stats in my book journal and on Goodreads. Mostly Goodreads, where I just do the old “look at the covers on my Reading Challenge” list and count them up! I’m toying with the idea of creating a spreadsheet but not sure.

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      1. I aspire to have a spreadsheet. I start every year with one, but I stop documenting it in fairly quickly. For some reason, I love working in OneNote and that’s just what I’ve got — sorry, stats. Wah wah.

        I hope that if you do start a spreadsheet, you’ll build wonderful habits easily around it.

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