2019 Reading Goals Wrap Up

Good evening everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful beginning to the new year. Well, since we’re here, let’s shame me! Aka let’s talk about my 2019 Reading Goals, how I did, and what I learned.

Now, disclaimer, I am not ashamed of how I did last year with my reading. I had a lot of crap going on in my life and I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked. I’m okay with that. But I did learn from these goals and that’s what I’d like to focus on.

I’m not going to go in depth with every challenge and how I did in detail. It’s going to be just if I completed it or not, why not if I didn’t, and, again, what I learned.

Read 10 Series

This is a challenge I didn’t complete. I chose 10 specific series and wanted to read them by the end of the year. But I don’t count this as a fail. I either DNFed the series or finished it. Or made decent progress in it. Either way, it put my attention on the series and I was “forced” to make a choice about reading it.

I ended up DNFing Throne of Glass and deciding I didn’t care about The Remnant Chronicles. I started The Selection, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and The Infernal Devices.

I prioritized and finished Percy Jackson and Saga. I made progress. That’s what mattered to me.

Wrapped Books

This one I did really well in during 2018, but failed in 2019. I decided that wrapping the books was a waste of paper and choosing one every month wasn’t making me want to read them.

I changed it up this year to give me more time for each selection and reuse old book boxes instead of new wrapping paper.

Read 50 TBR Books

For this, I wanted to focus on reading books I already owned. This was going great until the last half of the year. I was depressed and slumpy so I wasn’t reading as much. My focus was on ARCs and that’s it. So I didn’t get the chance to read a lot of books from my own TBR.

But I’m doing this challenge again and hope that this year will go better.

Read All ARCs

I didn’t do this one either. I wanted to focus on backlist arcs, but I just didn’t end up doing that. I kept up with ones I got, but I didn’t read, like, any backlist. I’m hoping to get to them this year. Either reading them or DNFing them. Either way, my NetGalley is at 82% currently, so I’m not counting this as a fail.

A to Z Challenge

So, I’m sure if I go through all my reads, I would have completed this one. Either way, I do this one for fun, not as a strict goal.

Finish All Currently Reading

Yup, nope. That didn’t happen. But I am going to try to prioritize this in 2020. I want to either finish or DNF the books.

Read 150 Books, 100 Novels

I got really close, but my depression and slump ruined that one. Oops. I cut it back to 100 on GoodReads, but I would like to subconsciously try to hit 150 again. The 150 is counting manga and such. The 100 is specifically novels.

And that’s it! Those were all my goals for 2019. As you can tell, I didn’t do great. But I wouldn’t count 2019 as a flop. I learned, I grew, etc etc. I’m excited for what 2020 has in store for my reading.

Check out my last post to see what books I am going to start out the year with!

Thanks for joining me and I’ll see you all in my next post for a First Lines Friday! Enjoy the rest of your evening!

See you all soon! Bye!

Last Reads of the Year | The One Where I Start Poetry Collections

Good morning everyone! Time to wrap up December’s reading!

As of writing this, I have read 8 books in December! You’d think with that reading I will have hit my GoodReads goal. Maybe I did. Maybe I didn’t. Wait for later this week to find out!

But of those 8 books, my lowest rating was 3 stars so tthat’s good! I gave really high ratings and in 2020 my wrap ups will be more organized and have more stats. So look forward to that!

Let’s just get into the books I’ve read. And sorry if there are random periods everywhere, my keyboard is messed up again. These aren’t in any particular order.

Merry Me, Mistletoe Magic, and Christmas Wish by Amanda Siegrist

I got all of these books from Give Me Books Promotions as a part of a promotion for the release of Snowed in Love, the fourth book in this series. They can be read as standalones, but I highly recommend reading them in order if you care about the other relationships because they are huge parts of the stories following.

I rated these books 5, 4, and then 3 stars in that order. I am gradually losing interest for the relationships because of the characters they are following. The first book I was really into. The second book, again, really into. The third book introduced a new female character that kinda drove me insane and the fourth book is about a character that I don’t care about and his romance with a character I almost cared about.

These are all christmas romances and I’m hoping to finish the year with 9 books in December by finishing. Snowed in Love before midnight. Then cracking right into Queen of Nothing to kick of NewYearsathon (please join, announcement here)

The She Book by Tanya Markul

I gave this poetry collection 4 stars. It was very focused on women and not letting anything bring the woman down and loving herself despite everything. I loved it, but it also got really repetitive.

I read this as a part of my “getting to know my reading preferences” aka “A Court of Tropes and Genres” aka I can’t think of a better name so that may stick aka let me know your thoughts on the name. All the poetry collections I read this month are a part of that.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Lols. 4 books (hopefully 5) written by Amandas. I didn’t even do it on purpose! But I gave this 5 stars. I loved it. It was dark, gritty, and motivating all in one. I fell in love with Amanda Lovelace’s poetry in this and I can’t wait to read more.

The Dark Between Stars by Atticus

Now, I’ve read. Atticus before so I knew I’d love this one and I did! I gave it 5 stars. It follows a relationship and I just adored it. It was bare and beautiful. I’m becoming a huge fan of poetry.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

4 stars. Solid finale to the Arc of Scythe series and Neal Shusterman did it again. He made me question all of my morals and my life. It was wonderful. I look forward to reading more Neal Shusterman aftter this.

Can’t get into what this book is about, but the series follows a world where we’ve evolved and created an AI that made it so humans can’t die and nothing bad happens to them, no sickness, nothing. So humans can live forever. To counter this, scythes were created. The AI can’t interfere witht the Scythedom and the Scythedom can’t ask for help from the AI. So we follow two people who are chosen to apprentice as scythes.

PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Another sequel. I wanted something quick and easy to listen to so this won out. I enjoyed it enough, but it wasn’t great. I don’t see the love for Peter. Now John Ambrose, on the other hand, is a cinnamon bun. So there’s that. 3 stars, don’t support the direction it’s taking but here we go onto book three.

General summary of book one with no spoilers, main character writes letters to get over her crushes and keeps them in a hat box, letters are mysteriously sent out to the boys, drama ensues.

That’s it! Those are the books I’ve read this month. I’m hoping to finish Christmas Wish before the end of the day (that gives me about 5 hours so. 100% doable).

Comment down below with what book you ended the year off with!

I’ll see you all tomorrow with my January TBR (which I’m going to write once I finish this so I can actually get it up on time). It’s also going to include my TBR for NewYearsathon so make sure you check it out.

Lastly, don’t forget that SelfLoveathon is happening in January. Read all the books that you feel you can connect to or will help you better understand yourself. ❤

See you all tomorrow! Bye!!!