2019 was a year of great expectations and sullied by the biggest reading slump I’ve had since I got back into actively reading 2 years ago. My original goal for the year was 150 books, but about halfway I switched to a more reasonable goal of 100, which I just barely passed with a total read count of 118. But!!! I did make this blog, switching over from my Blogspot one, and I’m honestly really happy with it. Besides that, I’ve managed to make a TON of progress on my WIP, so this year wasn’t a total bust.
I’m going to use my base template for the End of [insert season here] Recap Tag but with some tweaks.
What book can you not stop thinking about?
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer f’d me up, if I’m entirely honest. It made me realize the terrible awesomeness of body horror and also made me realize that I genuinely enjoy spooky stuff, I just can’t handle jump scares in films. But I haven’t been able to get Annihilation out of my head, and it’s definitely due for a reread (and maybe I’ll finally continue the series)
And I made a by-month chart to figure out the best book of the year, and Annihilation won!
What book would you rather not have read?
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ruined the Illuminae Files for me and I’ll never forgive it for that. What had been a truly fantastic sci-fi series (rare to come by since YA thinks sci-fi doesn’t sell so they don’t sell it) became a largely generic space conspiracy in which nothing happened and no one died. I’m mad tbh
Also, because I’m a spiteful person, I made a worst book of the year chart as well, and Obsidio won that honor lol
What genre did you read the most?
I’m fantasy trash so that’s the answer, though I did get in a greater variety of formats this year; more graphic novels and webcomics than ever before (though I’m still mostly unimpressed with those that I’ve read)
What book surprised you the most?
Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson was a huge surprise for me. I’ve never read anything Nancy Drew before and, as previously stated, comics are usually kinda bad in my experience, but I absolutely loved this one and I wasn’t expecting to at all.
What book disappointed you the most?
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan was so disappointing, I honestly forgot that I read it.
What was your favorite cover?
What was your favorite 2019 release?
Probably either Nancy Drew or Wilder Girls by Rory Power, as pictured above. Both were awesome, and while I recognize that they have issues (more so with Wilder Girls than Nancy Drew) I still love them both
What books did you plan on reading, but never got around to?
Oh boy this is a long list. I was hopeful that my slump was over around November but (surprise!) it wasn’t. Basically half my ARCs and the vast majority of my planned TBR never happened, whether they were DNFs or I just never picked them up. I was surprised to find out that I’d originally planned on rereading about 30 books this year, and I ended up rereading only 17. I won’t go into specifics because it makes me sad, but suffice it to say that I planned a lot of books I never got to.
What books do you plan on reading in 2020?
I have a whole shelf on Goodreads that you can check out and judge me in 5 months when I’ve read absolutely none of them. But to name a few from my TBR:
- The Toll by Neal Shusterman (honestly, I’m hate-reading this series now)
- The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
- Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk (take 2 because I utterly failed in 2019)
- Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan
- Below by Alexandria Warwick
- A Flight of Broken Wings by Nupur Chowdhury
- The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
And so on…
Some stats I wanted to share
- In 2019, I read 118 books
- 31,172 pages!
- The month I read the most pages was February, which made up 5480 pages out of my total
- The longest book I read that month (and all year) was Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas at 984 pages
- I rated an average of 3.8 stars
- The oldest book I read (most ancient publication date lol) was The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which was published in 1831
Conclusion & Tags
2019 was a weird year for me, and I’m honestly still kind of in a slump, but hopefully by giving myself a more manageable goal of 70 books for 2020, I can feel better about myself when I surpass it. Or I’ll just do what I did last year and read a million webcomics to catch up. We’ll see what happens.
I tag Laurel from The Suspected Bibliophile, Emma from Never Judge a Book by its Cover, Scorpio Book Dreams, and Jenaca from Jenacidebybibliophile! Feel free to pass on this if you don’t want to do it / already did something similar. Anyone else who wants to do it, go ahead! The more, the merrier! 😅