I spent so much time this month to get everything prepared for tomorrow that I can’t quite believe that I’m finally done with all the presents, wrapping, shopping, etc. I also can’t wait for my family to open their gifts, I think they will really love them and I honestly prefer giving presents more than receiving.
Tomorrow I will be worrying about cooking and setting the table, but today I thought I’d take a few hours off to look back at my 2019 Goals and see what worked for me, what didn’t and what goals will need to migrate to next year.
1 – Read for Fun
I don’t like putting too much pressure on myself when it comes to reading, that’s why one of the goals for 2019 was to Read for Fun and fall back in love with reading and blogging. I definitely accomplished that.
2019 was by far the most productive reading year. I read many amazing books. I read many amazing blog posts! I feel like I’m a part of a very friendly and loving community. And all of that thanks to you!
2 – Read 50 Books
The easiest goal of 2019 was to read 50 books. I knew I would be able to accomplish this goal, but I didn’t expect to get it done so early in the year. I hit my 50th book at the end of June! Which was very satisfying, especially because last year I definitely fell in a little bit of reading slump, when reading, reviewing, blogging became a chore and I had to push myself to do the things I ultimately love.
I’m writing this post on the 23rd of December and right now I have 89 read books. I’m sure I will be able to read a couple more books before the end of the year.
3 – Discover New Authors
I’m going to make a separate post about all of my new favorite authors of 2019. There are so many of them!
I finally read Brandon Sanderson. In my goal, I said I was going to start with «Mistborn» trilogy but I didn’t. Instead, I started and finished the Reckoners trilogy by him. I see why everyone loves his books so much, he is the master of big surprising endings, and I’m looking forward to reading «Mistborn» next year.
Other authors I loved this year were Ruta Sepetys, Madeleine Miller, Mark Lawrence, Tayari Jones, and many others!
4 – Rekindle my Love for ARCs
Last year I was constantly feeling close to or in a reading slump, so I didn’t request that many ARCs on NetGalley. And I wanted 2019 to be different.
ARCs are a great source of (1) new and exciting releases and (2) content for the blog, as reading books as they come out sparks more conversation around them. This year I’ve read tons of ARCs, and surprisingly there were only a few that I didn’t like. I’m preparing all my 2019 stats for the last post of this year, and I’m excited to see the percentages of ARCs and owned books that I read this year.
5 – Finish Book Series
Since this was such a vague reading goal, and I did finish some book series this year, I could count it as Achieved, but I didn’t focus on series this year as much as I wanted to. Just a couple of days ago I made a list of all book series I started, finished, and dnfed and the number is mind-blowing! You’ll see in my 2020 Goals post that one of the things I want to do next year is to finally organize my book series.
These were all of my 2019 reading goals. I think I did pretty well! They were definitely on the “chilled” side, and most of them I accomplished naturally without trying too hard or focusing too much on them. But that’s one of the reasons why 2019 was such a great reading year for me!
Have you done your 2019 Goals Wrap Up yet? Make sure to link it down below or let me know in the comments how you did this year!