Firstly, I would like to thank all of you so much for your warm welcome when I posted my first blog last week. It has really meant a lot to me.
2019 has been such a fantastic, eye-opening year for me. I have rekindled my love of reading and have made some wonderful friends along the way.
Here is my slightly different, highlights and firsts 2019 wrap up, in no particular order…
Goodreads Challenge 2019
Around March/April I decided to try and read 50 books in 2019. At the time, I thought that I was being a little bit ambitious, considering I had only read about six or seven at that point. However, once started the challenge I really tried to rise to the challenge.
I have to admit, in 2018 I must have read about three books, so going from this to 50 was a real challenge! However, I am so pleased to say that I managed to reach 50 books read in 2019!
Reading really has helped me cope with a few issues this year, and I really feel like I would not have been able to do it without the goodreads challenge being in the back of my mind.
Here’s to 2020, where I aim to read 60 books!
First Stephen King Book
In 2019, I read my first Stephen King book, The Outsider. If I am honest, it was very different to what I had expected! However, that being said, I am looking forward to reading some more of his works. The next King books on my list are The Institute and Misery.
I have watched the film Misery a few times and I really like it, so I am looking forward to seeing how the book has been translated on to the screen.
When I joined this wonderful bookish community, I did not know that free books and advance reader copies of books were available to people like me. I then came across NetGalley through bookstagram and I was totally intrigued!
My first approved book was Twenty-One Truths About Love – A Novel by Matthew Dicks.
I got so excited about my first approval, I read it immediately. The book was so different to anything I had read before as the whole book is written in lists. It was such a great story of the inner workings of the main character’s mind and the lengths he goes for his family.
I am so grateful for NetGalley and I am looking forward to reading more NetGalley books in 2020.
First Physical Proof
I will start with this… I LOVE Lisa Jewell books. I love her writing style, I love her plots and I just really love how easy her books are to read. So when I saw people on bookstagram receiving copies off her new book, The Family Upstairs , I knew that I had to at least try to get a copy!
So I asked around a bit about how to word an email to request a proof copy from a publisher, and so many people were more than happy to help!
Eventually I worked up the courage to ask and a lovely girl at Penguin responded to say that she had sent a copy.
I could not believe that I had actually managed to get my hands on a copy of this incredible book. I read it in about two sittings, I could not put it down. I have to say, that this was one of my favourite books this year, and it also holds a very dear place in my heart!
Thank you so much to the team and Penguin who sent me a copy and were so kind a generous. This definitely was a big highlight of my 2019!
Now is the time for moving forward. 2019 was such a great reading year for me and I am excited to carry this forward into the new year.
In 2020, I plan to do the following:
- Read at least 60 books
- Engage with the bookish community more – not be scared to comment and share opinions with like-minded people
- Borrow more books from the library
- Start reviewing audiobooks
- Blog at least once a week
- Be more consistent with bookstagram
- Read more of the books that I already own
- Work on my book ratings – not every book is going to be a winner
I honestly can’t thank this community enough for everything this year, it’s more than I can put into words.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and fantastic 2020!