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?
- 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.
- Participate in at least two challenges. I participated in three challenges, recapped below!
- Read at least 12 nonfiction books. I ended up reading 27 nonfiction books during the year - pass!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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?
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?