Round Up Reading Challenge 2019

Although I kept my reading lists up to date on this blog, I haven’t posted in over a year and a half. That is one thing I want to remedy in 2020; more regular posts. I’ll try to add some reviews, but I know that’ll be a difficult goal for me.

My reading goals for 2019 were the usual 100 books (for Goodreads) and 40000 pages. I also added a series challenge, to finish all series I was actively reading on January 1, 2019. I met some goals, but not all.

I did finish 103 books, I abandoned none, there was one reread (Stephen King’s It) and I read books by 19 new to me authors. I did finish the series challenge, but not until December, when I had expected to finish those (except for the new releases later in the year) by August. I failed on the page count challenge, reading “only” 37809 pages. Close enough for me.

Failing the page count challenge had multiple reasons. First of all I discovered a couple of new hobbies in 2019, so I spend more time on things other than reading. Second of all, I think I burned out because I focused too much on the series. From August onward my monthly page count went down hill. September was still okay because I went on a Reading Retreat vacation, but still I read below average. During the last couple of weeks I’ve been reading whatever I feel like and I’m enjoying myself more. However, it’s the busiest time of the year, so as usual I have less time to read.

All in all, I don’t think I did too badly, except on writing on my blog.

For next year I plan to keep it easy and basically get back to enjoying reading again. But the next week and a half will still be busy. Luckily, after that I have my annual January Reading Retreat and things start getting back to normal again.

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