Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 Reading & Blogging Goals Wrap-Up


Every year I say this, but it's still true - this year just flew by!  I read more books than I ever thought possible and had a great reading year - here's some stats and highlights:

  • I read 191 books this year! (At the time I'm writing this post - I will probably finish one more!)
  • 59 of those were 2019 releases.
  •  I listened to 26 audiobooks for a total of 294 hours.
  • My average rating this year was 3.8.
  • I read my first ebook and also started using the Libby app to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from my library.

And how did I do on my goals?
  1. Keep track of where I'm finding books. I think I did a pretty good job of doing shoutouts, either in a review or a monthly recap, when I read a book that I've added because of someone else.
  2. Participate in at least two challenges.  I participated in three challenges, recapped below!
  3. Read at least 12 nonfiction books.  I ended up reading 27 nonfiction books during the year - pass!
  4. Bring back my "Try It, You Might Like It" feature.  I did two Try It posts this year, so not a ton, but I have an idea for at least one more in the coming months.
  5. Host a giveaway.  I did it!  I celebrated my blog's third blogoversary by hosting a giveaway.  Thanks, everyone, for your tips and advice when I first announced this goal.
  6. Read the unread physical books on my shelves. I definitely read a lot of the unread books from my shelves, but I also acquired/borrowed a lot of books this year, so this is a goal that will always be ongoing!
  7. Reorganize my book shelves. I was able to purge 70 books from my shelves and reorganize a little.  However, #bookstagram really did a number on my shelves!  Pulling books for pictures, rearranging to take some snaps - they are a mess right now.  So, kinda pass-ish? 
As for the challenges I participated in...


For Beat the Backlist, hosted by Austine at NovelKnight, I chose 24 backlist books and I ended up reading 19 of those (and DNFing one).  However, I read a total of 118 backlist books during the year (over 60% of my reading total), so I don't feel too bad about not finishing my initial TBR!


The 2019 Retellings Reading Challenge was hosted by Tracy at Cornerfolds.  I read 8 of the 9 books I originally chose, and 18 retellings in all.  I loved this challenge and have so many more retellings I'd like to get to for next year's!  Here's my final BINGO board:



The last challenge I did was the Royal Reading Challenge hosted by Adriana at She's Got Books on Her Mind.  I read 9 of the 10 books I originally chose and ended up reading 14 royal-related books in all.

How did you do on your 2019 reading goals?
 

40 comments:

  1. I actually only participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I challenged myself to read 75 books and made it to 80 :)!

    I hope 2020 brings you nothing but good.

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    1. Thanks, Esther! That's awesome that you beat your goal!

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  2. 191 books is awesome, well done. Bookstagram photos always leave my shelves a mess too, haha!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  3. Oh my word you read 191 books?! That is incredible. Seriously, how?! I just managed a measly 83, haha ;)

    All the best for 2020!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Haha, a lot of audiobooks and reading during my lunchbreak really helped!

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  4. Wow, 191 books? That's amazing! I didn't do all that well with my initial backlist TBR either but did read 36 backlist books that were sitting on my shelves so I definitely want to do that challenge again in 2020. And I hear you on Bookstagram leaving your shelves a mess. I'm right there with you, haha. Happy New Year, Angela!

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    1. Yeah, a high percentage of what I read is backlist, so I wasn't worried about not doing well on that challenge!

      Happy New Year, Suzanne!

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  5. Wow what a great job on all of your goals!! And an amazing number of books too! I do such an awful job of remembering where I get books from - I should try to keep track.

    Happy New Year!

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  6. Wow, congrats on reading 191 books and hitting your goals! I wish I could read that much. I think I’m the slowest reader ever.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks, Aj! I think I read too fast, I don't retain much of what I read, unfortunately! Writing reviews helps, though!

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  7. I didn't blog much in 2019 so I didn't do any challenges. But for 2020 I have 3 challenges so far that I joined and hope to complete. They're all fun in different ways. Good job on your goals! But oh, one more book to say Bingo! Oh well :)

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    1. Thanks, Cleo! I know, I only got Bingo the one way, just a couple more books and I would have had more!

      Good luck on your 2020 challenges!

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  8. You did great with your goals! And 191 books... wow! You either have a lot of time to read or you’re a very fast reader! :)

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  9. You did great on all your goals and especially reading 191 books this year! Congrats!

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  10. Wow! I'm so impressed with all you accomplished this year. 191 books! I just finished my year-end wrap up and it's not nearly as stellar. Can you believe I've actually never done a challenge? It's crazy, but i just don't want the added pressure. Maybe someday? Have a wonderful New Year, Angela.

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    1. Thanks, Susie! Haha, I'm sure your year in reading was fantastic!

      I try to pick challenges that are low-stress and won't add too many books to my TBR!

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  11. You did great! And I love that you read so many backlisted books!

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  12. Im intrigued by that Try It You Might Like It topic idea. Sounds a great way to nudge you to read outside the comfort zone

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  13. 191 books is so great! I want to read more backlist books and listen to more audiobooks in 2020.

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  14. Congrats!! You had a great year!

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  15. You did amazing with your goals, and looking at you filling up that retelling board. I know I wouldn't be able to tick that many boxes. Bravo!

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    1. Haha, thanks, Sam! The Bingo board for next year looks significantly harder!

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  16. Good for you! Sounds like you met and surpassed plenty of goals. Bravo! :)

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  17. Awesome goals! I love this one: Keep track of where I'm finding books. That's something I need to keep better track of too!

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    1. I always love when people read a book because I recommended it, and I figured other people would feel the same way!

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  18. Wow, well done on all of your goals, Angela and I am amazed by how much you've read last year, WOW! This is incredible. I wish you all the best for your 2020 goals! <3

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  19. The amount of books you read in 2019 is so impressive! I'm hoping to read 100 for the first time in 2020! Any tips for increasing reading?

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    1. Multitasking is so helpful! If you're into audiobooks, that really upped my total - listening during my commute or while I'm doing chores on the weekend!

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  20. Wow, you read so many books this year! It sounds like you did a fantastic job clearing your shelves too. And yay for lots of nonfiction reading - awesome.

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    1. Yes, it was a really good year for nonfiction!

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