2019 has been a big year! October marked one year of blogging, and I’ve made a lot of improvements and changes over the year. With that, I have here today my wrap up for the year and an introduction to 2020: my blogging plans, TBR and more!
Best of 2019
I had an initial reading goal of 100 books for this year, and when I completed it around September, I raised it to 150 which I also surpassed. My final count for the year is 170 books. I managed to get through several re-reads for some old favourites like Percy Jackson and The Alchemyst and am still in the middle of a full series re-read for Throne of Glass (reviews ongoing!). 2019 was a great year for new releases, and several highly anticipated novels on my list were rated very highly – along with some rather unexpected ones (i.e. Red, White & Royal Blue – I’ve already read it thrice). Here are the books that made my best of shelf for 2019. Check out the complete post here!
- Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
- Kingsbane (Empirium #2) – Claire Legrand
- American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt – Stephanie Marie Thornton
- The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo #4) – Rick Riordan
- King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) – Leigh Bardugo
- There’s Something About Sweetie – Sandhya Menon
- Enchantée – Gita Trelease
- The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) – Roshani Chokshi
Coming up in 2020
As some of you may have noticed, I increased the frequency of my blog posts over the year, initially starting with 2 and ending the year with 4 posts per week. Moving into next year, I will likely keep this the same, but am hoping to introducing some more variety in my content. In terms of the books I read, while 2019 was still heavily fantasy focused, I did get the chance to explore some other genres, returning to both mystery and historical fiction, and making a few cautious forays into contemporary as well.
I will be taking up NovelKnight’s Beat the Backlist Challenge again this year in an effort to thin down the nearly 100 titles released in the past 4-5 years that I haven’t had a chance to get to because university has wreaked havoc on my TBR. Here are some of the top priority titles on my backlist, mainly either series ending titles, or those with sequels releasing this year:
- The Devil’s Thief – Lisa Maxwell
- Dawn of Legends – Eleanor Herman
- Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen – Alison Weir
- Allied – Amy Tintera
- Renegades – Marissa Meyer
- Into the Bright Unknown – Rae Carson
- Endless Water, Starless Sky – Rosamund Hodge
- 99 Lies – Rachel Vincent
To see my entire backlist shelf, click here. The other challenge that I will be taking up is the Year of Epic Reads which has monthly prompts, but more information on that will be in my wrap up posts each month. I’m also hoping to take on a third reading challenge, but I’m still choosing, so if you have any suggestions, let me know! Finally, alongside the many exciting 2020 releases (check out my winter list here), I will be continuing my round of re-reads of some of my favourite series: Throne of Glass, Grisha Trilogy, ACOTAR, Six of Crows and more!
My reading goal for the Goodreads Challenge this year is once again 100 books, which I’m aiming to finish by July when I will then raise it. Basically, I’m sticking with an easy goal so that like 2019, I won’t be under any pressure to complete the goal and can focus more on exploring new authors and genres along with working on my backlist, re-reads and of course, more audiobooks which I really began to enjoy last year.
As always, a huge thank you to all my readers for your encouragement and support. Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year 2020 and a wonderful year ahead!
What were your favourite books of 2019? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!