Wow! 2019 has been a year* … It’s been hard and my mental health definitely got worse again but I also had some amazing moments and talked to some lovely people. A lot happened. Maybe I’ll go into more detail in my 2019 Reading Stats …
I just wanted to tell you all know how I actually did regarding my Reading Goals now! And tomorrow I’ll tell you my new ones for 2020!
So let’s see how I did!
* And yes, I know it’s already a bit late for all these ‘end of year – start of new year’ posts
but I wasn’t really in a place to write blog posts before now.
(And it’s my brand™ to be late)
1. Read 79 books
We’re starting off great because I totally smashed that! I read 138 books. I never thought I could read so much in a year. But honestly, Scribd is the reason why. I listen to so many audiobooks while I draw/paint, do chores, drive to Uni etc. It’s amazing how much more I can read like that and I loved it even more because I tried books that way I wouldn’t have read otherwise. I tend to only buy books I’m sure I’ll like … which translates to ‘almost exclusively fantasy’ and I listened to 10-20 contemporaries during the summer and loved it!
2. Read all the books I got as a gift before 2019
This was also a goal in 2018. And I failed. And I failed again this year! And spoiler alert … it’s a goal again this year ^^
I’m stubborn, okay? I want to reach this goal! And I’m gonna try until I finally do and if it’s the last thing I’ll evaaaa do!
3. Finish 9 Series
I came sooo close to this one! I finished 8 series. I also reread an entire series … but the goal was to finish series’ I had already started before the year and not reread some series.
I’ll do a 2019 Series Wrap Up in the next few weeks (hopefully) and tell you all about which ones I managed to finish. But spoiler alert again … I did not yet read Kingdom of Ash or Five Dark Fates. I know! Shame on me, my family and my cow!
4. Get my NetGalley Ratio up to 90%
I mean … no buuuut I got to 82%. The first time ever since I signed up for NetGalley that I was over 80% and I’m determined to not let it go below that again.
5. Read at least 43 backlist books
I did! I’m not gonna list them here because … well, 43 books. But I’ll put them on my Reading Goals page if you want to check them out.
I found some new favourites though. Like the Queens Thief books by Megan Whalen Turner. I LOVE them! So underrated! And to think I was this close to unhauling them unread 😱
6. Lower my physical TBR from 129 to 79
I … no … ahm … I don’t wanna talk about this!
I mean this was a ridiculous goal to begin with. But I have even more unread books now! I bought/got gifted 60 books in total in 2019. And I read 138 … one would think my tbr should at least be lower but noooo. It’s Scribd’s fault! So many cool audiobooks and I listened to so many amazing books in genres I don’t usually reach for which was great but … didn’t help reduce my tbr. At all.
7. Genre Goals
Ha! I got this one! This was my goal …
- 5 Classics
- 3 SciFi books
- 9 Crime/Thriller/Mystery/Horror books
- 3 Non-Fiction books
- 5 Historical Fiction books
- 9 Contemporaries
… and I completed each of these. Okay, I have to count Agatha Christie books as classics (which I didn’t wanna do originally because I listen to them all the time and I wanted to read more other classics … but, come on. I need to have some accomplishments! I read two other classics as well, so it’s not like I didn’t do anything.
And I easily read all the others. Which surprised me the most with SciFi because I read like 6 or so without even really noticing and I was most scared about those.
So, 3 out of 7. That’s not that bad. But let’s do even better this year!