Because I’m geeky like that.
2019 new-to-me authors
I read books by 37 new-to-me authors over 2019, down from last year but still pretty good going. The numbers were definitely helped by my Kindle Unlimited subscription and surprisingly, book subscription boxes. I don’t always buy the boxes (I have a major subscription box weakness and then give a lot of items away, so I try to refrain!) but they are great at bringing new names to my attention.
Of the 37 authors, here are the ones I’ll be keeping an eye out for in 2020.
Mary Burchell: Well, no surprise here. I’m hoping more of her backlist gets digitised, else I’m going to have to find a (cheap) way of tracking down the paperbacks.
Meg Pechenick: I said to Chachic on Twitter that I found Pechenick’s Vardeshi Saga books faintly reminiscent of Andrea K. Höst’s Touchstone trilogy. Expanding slightly more – it was the immersion-in-an-alien-culture angle, I think, coupled with the protagonist’s self-sufficient attitude.
Janet Edwards: I was on a bit of an SF kick, and raced through her incredibly readable Earth Girl trilogy. She has another series which I’m planning on reading this year.
Charlie Adhara: I’m late to the party on this, I think – her books were all over last year’s best-of lists. I finally got around to them in 2019 and thought each book in her Big Bad Wolf paranormal romance was better than the last, so looking forward to her 2020 release!
Elin Gregory: No wallpaper historicals here, the period details in Eleventh Hour made the setting come alive.
Author most glommed over 2019
Mary Burchell with 15 books (no surprise there), but Rachel Neumeier was a close second with 14.
Kindle Unlimited usage
I do find myself DNF’ing KU books quite often, but it’s an easy way to try new-to-me authors and I discovered 15 of my 2019 new-to-me authors via KU.
I finished 76 KU books over 2019, so averaging £1.26 a book (I’ve a £7.99/month subscription). Also ~40% were 4* reads, which is better than last year, so I think I’m getting KU to work for me!
I admit the stats were helped by Mary Burchell’s books being in KU (I feel like I’m mentioning her name all the time now), so it’ll be interesting to see how 2020 pans out.
The numbers and graphs
I read 172 books over 2019, which sounds great in theory but my reading really tailed off over the second half of the year. I blame spending too much time doing the mindless scrolling thing on my phone (I have a new phone which does pretty much everything for me, but is incredibly bad for my attention span). My 2020 resolution is to put my phone down. Seriously.
And compared to previous years – well, no substantial changes over the past couple of years.
And that’s it. As always, all books on my Goodreads shelf (actual reviews sadly lacking but I am always happy to talk about what worked and what didn’t, just ask!) and of course, the annual My Year in Books Goodreads infographic.