Happy New Year! I hope 2020 is a great year for you all. I want to thank you all for reading and interacting with my blog, despite the multiple periods of silence from me. I’m aiming to write a lot more this year, and read more blogs this year. I want to stay caught up all year around, and I want to document my thoughts on the books I read. I’m not going to write reviews for every single book I read, but I want to write more reviews throughout the year than I did this year.
2019 was a good reading year for me. I read 63 books in total, and only reread 15 books (7 of which were Harry Potter books). I listened to a lot of audiobooks, and bought so many books throughout the year, most of which are still on my tbr…oops!
My 5 favourite reads of the year were (not in order):
- This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Lido by Libby Page
- Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
According to my Goodreads stats, I read just over 26,000 pages last year! That’s an insane amount. Seeing it in pages, not just books, is incredible. My shortest book was The Lost Sisters by Holly Black, which is a novella set in The Folk of the Air world/series. I enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy so I was looking forward to the novella, and I’m now looking forward to reading the third and final book, Queen of Nothing, next year. The longest book I read was a reread of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I decided to reread this series (again) this year but this time I chose to listen to the audiobooks. This was the first time listening to the audiobooks, read by Stephen Fry, and I loved hearing the stories. It reminded me of having the books read to me as a child. I realised that there were actually a few small moments I’d forgotten about in each book, and I loved rereading parts I loved.
It seems that this year I read a lot of excellent books. My average rating was 4.6 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I think that my rereads had a lot to do with this, but I also feel like my choice of books was quite good. I didn’t read anything that I wasn’t really excited about reading, and only stopped reading one book (Golden Son by Pierce Brown) for now as I didn’t feel like reading it at the time, but I have every intention of reading the whole series!
For genres, there’s no surprise that the genre I’ve read the most of is fantasy! I read a total of 35 fantasy books in 2019, that’s a whopping 56% of the books I read this year!
I actually had loads of fun making this pie chart, so I think I might try and use more graphs/charts in future wrap up posts. What do you think?
2020 Reading Goals:
- For this year, I’ve set my reading goal to 50 books. This is a lot, but seeing as I set my goal last year to 30 and read 63, I thought I’d challenge myself this year and aim for a higher amount initially.
- I have so many books on my tbr list that I want to read, so I’m aiming to read at least or 6 from my physical tbr before I even think about buying any more books.
- I want to continue to listen to audiobooks.
- Lastly, I want to take part in the OWLs and NEWTS Readathons again this year. I had so much fun participating this year, that I’m definitely going to attempt them again this year.
That was my 2019 wrap up and my goals for 2020. There are so many books that I can’t wait to read this year, and I’m looking forward to sharing another bookish year with you all!
Have you set any reading goals for 2020? Let me know!