Wow bookworms, it’s the last day of 2020! How crazy is that? I know that I haven’t been part of the book blogging community for very long, so I don’t have much of a “year” to wrap up. Still, I’ve very much enjoyed my introduction to the world of book bloggers.
My Blog in 2019
I began my blog in August this year. Initially I started out with the Blogger website, as I had previously used it for a personal blog and was confident of the layout. As I engaged more with the bookish community I quickly realized WordPress was a better option for the blog I wanted to write, prompting the switch. Since then I have written 111 posts, including the full 31 days of Blogtober posts! I started off pretty strong, and though November and December have been a bit slacking I’m crossing my fingers that I get myself back into some good blogger habits.
Top Five Blog Posts
The following list are the five most impactful blog posts I made this year:
- Blogtober Day 18: Top 3 Favorite Vampires
- My First DNF as a Blogger
- Fatphobia in Books
- Liebster Award Nomination
- Can you be the wrong audience for a book?
Wow, I didn’t even realize that all of my top posts were non-reviews! Definitely something I will be keeping in mind in the future…
Books of 2019
I have read a total of 87 books this year, surpassing my reading challenge of 84! About nine of those books were for my Master’s thesis, but otherwise I read a good mixture of enjoyable and interesting books!
- 1 Star Reads: zero
- 2 Star Reads: seven
- 3 Star Reads: thirty-one
- 4 Star Reads: twenty
- 5 Star Reads: twenty-nine
2019 Top Ten Reads
- The Collector series by Dot Hutchison
- Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
- Reign of Magic by KM Shea
- Circe by Madeline Miller
2019 Bottom Five Reads
- Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb
- Atlantis by David Gibbons
- Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross
- The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North
- Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Best and Worst Reviews
I think that the most glowing review I wrote was for The Collector series by Dot Hutchison. The series is a four novel thriller and crime series involving a team of FBI agents and the cases they encounter in the Crimes Against Children unit.
Contrasting that is probably my review for Daughters of the Lake. While earlier this year I left a GoodReads review (in my pre blog days) that was more critical than my review of this book, I really took issue with the nonsensical way the story is resolved in this thriller.
Bookish Social Media
As part of my blog launch I also created a few social media pages, and improved my GoodReads profile for more bookish activity!
I started my Twitter this year obviously, but I am ending 2019 with 391 followers which I think is pretty respectable for only a few months work! I’m also part of a couple of helpful groups and have some mutuals on my Twitter feed that I love seeing pop up.
On my Bookstagram I am ending 2019 with 227 followers! I’ve had a bit more fun with my Bookstagram just because I like the process of taking a photo, editing it, and coming up with a fun caption. I’m hoping to start getting more physical books in my 2020 (I’ll have access to a way better library) so hopefully my Bookstagram will get more exciting.
I have not been very active in the Bookblr sphere but I did make a side blog from my main Tumblr to create a Bees and Books one. I only have 33 followers, which is largely due to the fact that I don’t have a lot of time for extensive Tumblr engagement. It’s just easier to do BookTwitter and Bookblr.
My GoodReads was previously pretty much just a way to track books. I wasn’t even friends with any of my IRL friends until this summer! But now I have 63 friends and lots of interesting content on my feed! Plus, I’ve joined a couple of book clubs for book ideas.
Plans for 2020
I think the most important priorities for 2020 are learning how to maintain good posting habits and making the time for more consistent engagement on all fronts. I’m hoping to participate in a few different challenges and events, and perhaps pick up more ARCs to read.
Happy new year everybody! I hope your 2020s are full of joy, and joyful books!