I can’t believe we’ve come to the end of 2019, and the end of a decade! This was the decade that I started my blog, got back into reading after falling out of love with it because of school, graduated university, and many, many more things!
I wanted to do a yearly wrap-up for my 2019, including my favourite books of the year, what I’m proud of, as well as my goals and plans for next year, this blog and my reading!
I’m super pleased that I reached, and surpassed (!) my reading goal for the year. At the beginning of the year, I said I wanted to read 40 books. I’ve actually ended up reading 60… I wasn’t expecting that and I think I’ve got re-reading Harry Potter to be thankful for that.
Some of the books that I gave 5 stars this year include:
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
- The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
- Another Night Before Christmas by Carol Ann Duffy
- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
- A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories by Georges Simenon
- The Distance of the Moon by Italo Calvino
- The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Paris by Julian Green
- Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell
- No Name by Wilkie Collins
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
That’s an amazing amount of 5 star reads this year!
Of all of these, I would have to say that my favourite book of 2019 goes to…. (drumroll please)
Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell
I also very much enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale and To Kill A Mockingbird but as these were re-reads I’ve decided to give the book of the year award to a new-to-me read.
My Goals for 2020
Although I surpassed my reading goal in 2019, my goal for 2020 is to read 50 books. I don’t want to raise that number so high above what I achieved this year because, although that might be a fun challenge, I don’t want the pressure of having to reach a goal that might be (or might not be!) unattainable to me. I’m happy to set my goal at reading 50 books for 2020, and if I go over that then that’s great!
I want to continue writing weekly blog posts on here, including wrap-up’s, favourite quotes, favourites of the month, as well as some other book-related and non-book related posts.
I want to cut down on the amount of hauls I do. In the second half of 2019, I did a haul nearly every month and some of those monthly hauls were huge. I’ve decided that this year, I won’t be doing as many hauls (and am aiming to not buy any books until at least April. Wish me luck!). I want to make better use of my local library and support it a lot more through my increased use of it, as well as reading the books I already own and put off reading because I buy new books and get distracted by them.
I really want to read more of Dickens’ works this year. Some of his books are quite long and I do, sub-consciously, put them off because of that.
What are some of your goals for 2020? How was your 2019?
Thank you for reading and thank you so much for all the support in 2019. I’m really looking forward to another year writing on this blog!
Happy new year! I hope 2020 brings you all the happiness, love and lots of books.
Love, Zoë xx