2019 Wrap-Up and Reflection

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[Please appreciate all of my fun pie charts with inconsistent gaudy color combos]

In my newest tradition, this post is a bit over due, but hey, at least it’s still January? at least it’s still early February???

Compared with 2018, my reading year was about the same (I think I think read a few less in 2019, but it was pretty marginal: 74 books vs. 78 books). Writing-wise….2019 was a lot worse. The year started out strong and April & July were great due to Camp NaNo, but then the fall semester started and I completely fell off of writing. Lowkey still trying to find my way back to it.

Now, blog wise…2019 was mediocre? I posted less (68 posts compared with the 89 in 2018) and only marginally surpassed the number of total views I got in 2018. But the engagement on my blog improved! My average likes/comments per post shot up a bit, so I’m decently pleased with how the year went on my blog.

Overall, I would say that 2019 was decent? A lot of crappy things happened but also a lot of good things occurred. Even a month in, I still can’t believe it’s 2020.


Reading Stats:

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As a surprise to no one: I read a lot of YA in 2019. I was a bit surprised though that I read almost an equal amount of adult books. Definitely hoping to have a greater balance this year, especially with MG.

meta-chart(4)Another no brainer: I read a hecka lot of fantasy! I definitely explored more genres in 2019, but I think I actually had a worse balance of genres than I had the previous year.

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Another not-so-surprise: I began a lot of series and only followed through on a minimal amount! I really need to start continuing on with series…

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Lots of physical books! I’m not big on e-books and I just started trying audiobooks last fall! And look at that chunk of graphic novels! I finally got into them in 2019!

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Wow, until I created this graph I didn’t realize I acquired books from so many different places! I definitely didn’t realize I depended on the library so much! Hopefully for 2020 this chart will have a big chunk dedicated to “Bought” (I’m really hoping to get through my owned TBR!)

Other Reading Stats:

Total Pages Read: 21,411 pages
Average Pages Per Book: 289 pages
(Accurate) Average Rating Per Book: 3.81 stars

Best Reading Months: November (11 books) & December (12 books)
Worst Reading Months: March (3 books) & April (2 books)


Book Haul Stats:

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Physical Books Acquired: 75 books (I read 29 in 2019!)

Ebooks Acquired: 22 books (I read 8 in 2019!)

Audiobooks Acquired: 3 books (I listened to 1 in 2019!)

Wow, that’s a perfect 100 total. Personally, I’m not too worried about acquiring audiobooks/ebooks since 99% of the time I get them free (Netgalley, Amazon First Reads, a free trial of Audible) and they’re obviously digital, but the all the physical books I acquired…yikes, just YIKES. I DEFINITELY want this number to go down in 2020. This is why as a part of my 2020 Goals I’m hoping to focus a lot on reading books I already own.

So yeah, please call me out if I mention buying books or do any book haul posts on here!


Now let’s see how I did on my 2019 Goals:

Reading Goals:

  • Read 50 books
    • Yes, I read 74 books total!
  • Reread at least 5 books
    • No…I only reread 2 books and it only coincidentally happened because I had to read them for class…
  • Read at least 20 books that I own (acquired before 2019 and not including rereads)
    • Eeek, I only read 7?!?
  • Read at least 10 books published in 2019
    • HA, yes! I read 20 books that were 2019 releases!

Writing Goals:

  • Write everyday–At least 100 words
    • Nope…according to my habit tracker, I wrote 169/365, so 46% of the days of 2019. Wawawawawaaaaa, this was a lot worse than 2018.
  • To coincide with this, my writing goal for this year to fully revise my WIP and have a complete 2nd draft.
    • HA, not even close…

Blogging Goals:

  • Blog at least once a week (But preferably every 3-5 days)
    • Hmm, I wasn’t consistent as I would have liked, but for the most part I managed this? April, October, November, and December were a bit rough because I was in school though…
  • Expand my blog (e.g. gain more followers, try some different types of posts/formatting)
    • I wasn’t as adventurous in my blogging as I would have liked, but my blog did grow (slowly, but ever surely!)

Vague life goals:

  • Sleep 8+ hours every night
    • HA, I’m so funny
  • Eat less sweets
    • HA, I’m so funny x2
  • Exercise/run more
    • HA, I was really kidding myself in all these hopes
  • Stop getting unnecessarily stressed over random crap (like the fact that I wanted this post to go up at midnight on Jan. 3rd)
    • Oooh yeah, this was probably my biggest fail….I def think my anxiety got worse.

Other 2019 Accomplishments:

  • I spent the spring semester in NYC and completed a publishing internship! It was an amazing experience and I’m so grateful I got to have it.
  • I got involved with a couple writing groups and was even the organizer for one of them for a brief period in the summer! I’m not currently involved in any at the moment, but I’m hoping I can join one soon!
  • I saw a couple Broadway shows while I was in NYC! I saw Anastasia and Beetlejuice.
  • I turned 21 years old! I can now go out to bars with college friends and it’s honestly so much fun (when people drink responsible that is! Getting blue barf on my foot that one night was not so fun).
  • I began my last year of college?!? HOLY CRAP I’M GRADUATING IN A FEW MONTHS!! Please send help…or preferably jobs 😁
  • In addition to my NYC internship, I also began another book-related internship at my college (and which I’m currently still working for)! I got sent free books to read for upcoming writers’ visits and then I got to meet the writers; it’s been amazing!
  • I started reading webcomics over the summer and now I’m completely obsessed. I’ve stayed up reading on SO MANY nights to binge-read new series.
  • My Two Year Blogiversary was in August!
  • I finally listened to my first audiobook: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt! It was good, but boy was it long.
  • I took a drawing class and improved a lot more than I thought I would? I am not and will never be great and I have a very limited set of subjects I can draw, but I did come out of the class with a couple of drawings I’m proud of.
  • I got sent my first physical ARC for review! It was The Will and the Wilds and you can see my review here.
  • Between both of my internships/being in NYC, I got to meet a handful of authors, including Roshani Chokshi, Holly Black, Tad Williams, and Julia Alvarez. Alas, I was not able to convince any of them to be my friend or send me free books πŸ˜‰

And that was pretty much my 2019! If you read this entire post, thanks so much for sticking around! This post was so much fun to create (tho dang, it took me awhile).

How was your 2019? What are your bookish & nonbookish goals for 2020?
If you posted a 2019 wrap-up, feel free to link it in the comments below; I would love to read it!

January-April 2019 Book Haul

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I don’t usually acquire books often enough to constitute a book haul, but I was extremely fortunate to have a internship this past spring semester where I was able to get access to a lot of free books and ARCs, so I thought I would dedicate a post to them!

This internship led me to send 26 pounds of books back to myself at the end of the semester. Within 4 months, I accumulated 26 physical books, only 3 of which I paid for myself, and 11 ebooks, for a total of 37 books. Literally, how did I do this??

Note: If I have a review for a book, the link will send you to that post, otherwise all links will redirect you to Goodreads.

ALSO, please don’t judge my sketchy book pictures. There’s a reason I don’t have a bookstagram. πŸ˜…


JANUARY:

the wicked king and bloodleaf books

The Wicked King was of course a preorder and a book I’ve already read (and adored!). Bloodleaf is an ARC that Susan @ Bloggin’ ’bout Books was kind enough to send me since she got sent an extra one.


FEBRUARY:

four books in a stack with a toy bear on top

I’ve already read all of these books except King of Scars (I need to get on this soon…). Receiving Smoke & Summons was an ecstatic moment for me because it was the first time I got sent a physical ARC for a review/blog tour. Grace After Henry was an interesting contemporary and great palette cleanser between all the fantasy I’ve been reading. The Language of Thorns WAS FRICKING AMAZING and probably the best book I’ve read all year.


MARCH:

books Tracks and Holy Sister

These two were kind of weird grabs for me. I didn’t know anything about Tracks, but I’ve read Erdrich’s Love Medicine and I know a lot of her books focus on the same two families so I thought I’d give it a try. And I haven’t read any books by Mark Lawrence but I’ve been meaning to read Red Sister for awhile now and this cover was just so pretty…. I thought having the third book might be a good motivator to pick up the first.

Update: I just ordered Red Sister! πŸ˜‚


APRIL:

18 books in front of a fireplace

Yeah, I went a bit overboard in April. I realized I was in the final month of my internship and I was like I NEED ALL THE BOOKS and started visiting the “take shelves” very frequently. Thank goodness the company I interned with was kind enough to mail back all these books for me, because I had no room for them in my suitcases.


DIGITAL HAUL:

I don’t ever purchase ebooks (my one exception being The Cruel Prince novella, The Lost Sisters, back in October!) so all of these ebooks are Netgalley ARCs, Amazon First Reads, or other free ebooks from Amazon.

Wow, this haul had a lot more books in it than I first realized. Again, I am extremely grateful that my internship gave me access to so many AMAZING fantasy and science fiction titles. Lol, if I could read all of these titles RIGHT NOW, I so would. 😊


What’s you favorite book that you’ve acquired this year?
Any suggestions on which of these books I should pick up first?

If you’ve done a recent book haul post, feel free to drop the link in the comments–I would love to read it!

December Book Haul: Lots of Fantasy with a Surprising Amount of Adult Fiction!

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Normally, on a month-to-month basis, I don’t acquire a lot of books–if any–but December/Christmas is the time when I accumulate most of the books I own. Between Christmas, a book exchange between my book club, and using some old gift cards to treat myself to a few mass market paperbacks, I hauled 18 books this month! The majority are fantasy novels (so surprising, right?), but I didn’t realize how little YA I acquired and how many “adult” books I got until I lined them all up to take a picture! Perhaps I’m “maturing”? (baha, unlikely; YA Forever!)

Also, I just unhauled ~12 YA books and a couple dozen children’s books yesterday so hopefully I’ll be able to find the shelf space for these books (and omg, it feels so nice to have donated and rid myself of so many books). I have 2 full bookcases, 1 short bookcase, and an additional shelf which I use for books. Once I reorganize my remaining childhood books, I’ll should be able to have all my books neatly tucked away. But let’s be real; I’m horrible at cleaning–as in you can barely see the floor in my room–so it’s unlikely that I get to this before returning to school. πŸ˜…

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From my Book Club’s Exchange:

There was so much hype around this book last year/earlier this year and I’m so excited to own a copy! My book club does a white-elephant-style book exchange every semester and I was super excited to snatch this book up at it! My friend, who contributed the book, said she loved it, so I’m very curious to see exactly what this book entails.

Books I Bought for Myself:

Using some Barnes & Noble and Amazon gift cards, I treated myself to these 3 books after finishing some particularly stressful finals and moving back home. I’ve actually already read one of these books, Heroine Complex, and really enjoyed it! It’s a fun, relatively quick read that parodies the expectations and work of superheroes.

**Post Edit**

I completely forgot to include a book, making my total haul 19 books! I picked this book up in a used bookshop in at a library. When the Emperor was Divine is an amazing book. Julie Otsuka is the queen of show and not tell, and additionally, her use of perspective is extremely powerful. I’ve read this book twice now and I can only dream of writing like her.

the book When the Emperor was Divine lying against a red background

Christmas Gifts:

I am extremely fortunate and blessed to have parents and grandparents that are willing to buy me lots of books for Christmas. My book collection and my passion for reading would be nothing without them, particularly my mom. If it wasn’t for her tirelessly searching for books that piqued my interest and reading with me during my elementary school years, I wouldn’t be the reader I am today (or probably a reader at all).
Wow, I just got really sentimental there, sorry guys. πŸ˜… Essentially all that I meant to say is that I’m really grateful for these books and that I’m equally excited to dive into all of them (ahhh, why I can’t I just take an entire suitcase full of books with me back to school??)


That’s it for my December book haul! πŸ˜„

What books have you acquired recently?
Any suggestions on which of these books I should pick up first?
What’s your favorite book that you own?

 

 

September Book Haul: I love buying used books!

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I’m posting a book haul??? I know; I’m shocked too. Usually I never acquire enough books in a month to write a post about them (outside of school books, I’ve only been buying about one book every month or so this past year).

But this month I actually spent money on books! (I have no regrets) Not only did I place an order on Thriftbooks, but I also went shopping with some friends and pick up a book at both the local book store and the second hand shop at the library! I also won a free book! *dances around excitedly*

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  • Station Eleven- Emily St. John Mandel is visiting my campus in November and omg I’m so excited because my class gets to have lunch with her! This of course means I need to have this book read by then!
  • Truthwitch- I’ve actually already read this book but I want to reread it so I can continue on with the series. Not to mention, the library book shop was selling it for 50 cents, so how could I not buy it?
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before- My book club’s first read this fall! We actually just had our meeting on Monday, so I’ve already read this book! (twice now actually because I read it for the first time in July)
  • World After- Bought this on Thriftbooks because my cart was only at $9 and I needed to spend at least $10 to get free shipping. I also already owned the first book so I bought the 2nd & 3rd book to complete the series.
  • End of Days- Same goes with this book. πŸ˜† Loved this series and I totally need to reread it!
  • All the Light We Cannot See- Reading this for my book club in November! And because I’m co-President, I used this as an excuse to purchase all the books we read. πŸ˜€

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I WON PHYSICAL ARC OF THE GILDED WOLVES THROUGH A GOODREADS GIVEAWAY!! Technically, I don’t have it on me right now because my copy was sent to my house and I’m currently away at college but I have fall break coming up next week so this book will be in my hands soon! πŸ™‚


Did you purchase any books this month? Have you ever won a Goodreads giveaway? Have any book-buying sprees planned for the future?