The last month of 2019 seems to have flown by in a blink of the eye and I still can’t believe we are now officially in a new decade… I’m still feeling a bit slumpy when it comes to all things blogging, and I guess you might have noticed I’ve still not been all that present on my blog despite daily posts during the December month. I used the magic of scheduling posts to help with that, but it’s been hard to find time and motivation to blog otherwise. Fingers crossed 2020 will give me my blogging mojo back! I did a lot of baking during December, mostly Holidays related, which is always a great excuse for me to get those recipes out. Some DIY aside, it was mostly an uneventful last month of the decade overall though.
Now to the bookish numbers:
- Number of books read in December: 20
- Total number of books read in 2019: 264
- Total number of pages read in December: 7.172
- Total number of pages read in 2019: 88.638
I definitely read more than I thought I would during December, and most titles were excellent at that! Two new 5 star reads, another bunch of almost perfect reads and only three titles 3 stars or below… I’m more than happy with that.
5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now.
4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas! – by Dr. Seuss // Nine Elms – by Robert Bryndza // Snakes And Ladders – by Victoria Selman // Are You Watching? – by Vincent Ralph // Black Summer – by M.W. Craven // A Dark Matter – by Doug Johnstone
4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
A Curse So Dark And Lonely – by Brigid Kemmerer // Down The Darkest Road – by Kylie Brant // Bitter Falls – by Rachel Caine // The Rules Of Murder – by Rob Sinclair // On The Bright Side – by Hendrik Groen // Six Wicked Reasons – by Jo Spain
3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic.
2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting.
The Shadow Cabinet – by Maureen Johnson
I joined quite a few challenges in 2019, but somehow I managed to complete most without even trying to hard… Even so, I’ve decided to only join a limited amount of 2020 to focus more on the joy of reading without obligations again.
# CHALLENGES #
Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge:150/150 DONE!!! Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge UPDATED:200/200 DONE!!! 2019 Beat The Backlist Challenge :DONE!!!! 63/50 books read published in 2018 or 2017 and 78/30 books read published 2016 or before. A total of 141/80 books. 2019 Beat The Backlist Epic BTB Bingo:81/81 DONE!!!
- Reading Through The Centuries: 5/5 DONE!!!
2019 Netgalley And Edelweiss Challenge:50/50 DONE!!! 2019 When Are You Reading?:12/12 DONE!!! Double Trouble ABC Challenge:TITLE 26/26 DONE!! // AUTHOR 26/26 DONE!!!
As for my other goals… Sadly I wasn’t able to maintain my ARC/backlist ratio below 40%, although it’s only 0,9% above the limit so not too bad overall. My TBR goal was pretty hopeless as well, but I already knew that haha. I’m happy I was able to complete the rest of my 2019 bookish goals though!
# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #
Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count)3/3 DONE!! (The Painted Veil // The Big Sleep // A Wrinkle In Time) Complete at least 10 series (rereads don’t count)10/10 DONE!! (Anastasia Phoenix // The Conqueror’s Saga // Women Are Some Kind Of Magic // Fire And Thorns // The Collector // Beartown // The Wrath And The Dawn // 4MK Thriller // Things That H(a)unt // Flame In The Mist) Reread at least 2 books2/2 DONE!! (The BFG // Harry Potter Y El Caliz De Fuego)
- Bring my physical TBR pile below 450 books and keep it that way. 690/450
Read at least one book over 800 pages1/1 DONE!! (813 pages; Colombiano)
- Keep ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% 40,9%
Read at least 2 books in Spanish2/2 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y El Cáliz De Fuego // Harry Potter Y La Orden Del Fénix) Read at least 1 book in Dutch1/1 DONE!! (Alles Is Breekbaar) Read at least 15 international authors and/or translations15/15 DONE!! (Mala Vida (France) // The Painted Veil (France) // When Dimple Met Rishi (India) // And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer (Sweden) // The Courier (Norway) // The Travelling Cat Chronicles (Japan) // The Murmur Of Bees (Mexico) // Bright Burning Stars (France) // Trouble Makes A Comeback (Philippines) // Wolves At The Door (Norway) // The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen (The Netherlands) // Block 46 (France) // The Silent Patient (Cyprus) // I Am Malala (Pakistan) // Snare (Iceland)) Read at least 10 TBR jar picks10/10 DONE!! (The Insect Farm // The Shattering // Be Frank With Me // Tell The Wolves I’m Home // Sweetheart // The Dead Girls Of Hysteria Hall // The Problem With Forever // The Cellar // The Madness Underneath // The Museum Of Extraordinary Things) Join at least 5 challenges during the year5/5 DONE!! Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80%97%
Happy January and Happy Reading!