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2019 Wrap-Up, #YARC2019 Results & 2020 Goals

Happy New Year! 2019 is over, and what a wrap-up I’ve got in store for you. There is so much to talk about because so much happened this year. I graduated from university and somehow managed to read 55 books, on and off keep blogging and do so much more – so here is my 2019 wrap-up.

My Reading in 2019

It was definitely hard to keep myself reading this year. I was struggling with mental health and really didn’t feel like it much for like 80% of the year. The fact that I achieved my goal of 50 books is kind of amazing to me and I’m so proud of myself for that. Compared to other readers who read 100 to 250 books a year it may be nothing but 50 is a lot, it’s worth about a quarter of my physical books across 3 shelves.

My Goodreads ‘Year in Books’ kind of summarises how great that is too and makes this wrap-up a lot neater:

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Blog Statistics

Another awesome thing about this year is that despite all the hardships, I kept at it, I kept blogging and I tried my best. And my blog stats show that although I took like 3 or 4 hiatus throughout the year that I did even better than the last.

Despite the fact that statistics aren’t the best way to judge my content, I do have to say that these numbers give me great gratitude that people are out there reading what I’m putting out from my small corner of the world. So, thank you for reading and sticking around – I really appreciate it and can’t wait to continue blogging tomorrow and in 2020.

I also wholeheartedly believe in transparency when it comes to statistics so here are my blog statistics for 2019:

6,134 views | 2,659 visitors | 789 likes | 196 comments | Over 82 countries

25 Book Reviews | 5 Discussion Posts
3 Book Tags | 2 BookTuber Interviews
4 Author Interviews

Discussion Posts

I am actually really proud of all the discussion posts I wrote up this year. I feel like activism has become more popular with social media nowadays but there are still so many topics regarding the book community that should be shared more.

I tried to really put down my thoughts on those topics to raise awareness so here they all are if you’d like to check them out.

How To Read More: Being A Busy Reader & Making Time To Read

Discussion: Are You Privileged? | Illiteracy In Our Digital Age

The Art of Blog Monetisation: Making Money From Blogging, Affiliate Links & More

The Science Behind: Impulse Book Buying (We Have ALL Been There)

The Need for Speed // Why Does Reading Speed Affect Us?

Book Reviews

To celebrate all the reviews I wrote this year, here are my favourite reviews of 2019:

Oasis by Katya de Becerra

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019

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I have to admit that I worried I wouldn’t complete this but low and behold, I completed the challenge (just in time) yesterday with my 10th book from an Asian author.

I loved most of the books I read even if they weren’t on my initial YARC2019 TBR and I definitely think that I’ll be keeping in mind of trying to read more diversely next year even though I don’t think I’ll participate in this challenge again. Not because I don’t like a challenge (because I’m way too ambitious and definitely do), but because in 2020, I’ll be concentrating on reading my physical TBR and spending less on books.

More Bookish & Bloggy Milestones

So much happened in 2019 that I’m also proud of!

I co-hosted the very first Blogiful series with Kat from Novels & Waffles

I participated in 3 readathons (mostly failed but it’s the thought that counts lol)

I opened my very own Design Shop (open for commissions).

I revamped my Blog Header (with more to come!)

I got to interview authors and amazing BookTubers I’ve been watching for years.

& I starting posting on Instagram (semi-consistently) again.

My 2020 Bookish Goals

I feel like many of my goals are similar to last years but consistency is something that’s hard for me to achieve so it’s natural that I’m still working at it pretty hard. Here are my goals:

Blog consistently with about two posts per week

Post on Instagram consistently, about once a week

Revamp my blog (again) with a new more functional theme – I know that my current theme has had so many issues and is no longer how I want it to look so that’s a project I’m working on ASAP.

Focus on reading my physical TBR & spending less on books

Achieve my Goodreads Challenge of reading 50 books again.

And with that, my 2019 wrap-up is over.

I can’t believe it’s already 2020. Gosh, I’m turning 22 next year! A big thank you to all you readers out there who silently support my rambles by just being there. Thank you to all my bookish friends local, far away and in-between and I hope we all have a great year!

What are your 2019 milestones and/or bookish goals for 2020?

Happy New Year!

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