It’s that time of year again where bloggers around the world talk about the past year, what they’ve learnt and what they hope to carry on into the next year. However, we’re also entering a new decade.
2020 holds a lot of promise and change for a lot of people and places around the globe and I’m hoping it’s going to be just as memorable as the ones now gone (and soon to be gone) and in a more positive way.
What I’ve learnt this year is that a good reading year doesn’t necessarily have to mean reading a ridiculous amount of books. I certainly didn’t. I read sixteen. Out of those sixteen, I discovered new authors, new genres and recaptured my love of reading. By starting small, I felt able to enjoy my reading rather than seeing it as a chore to complete this challenge, and this readathon or to get x-many likes on my latest blog post. Each review I’ve done currently and in the past has been well thought out and written to give you my personal thoughts and feelings in an as unbiased way as possible.
2019 was a rollercoaster of dips and inclines into a multitude of worlds. Some books exceeded expectations and others were simply dull. I also had a bad case of reader’s block and so, went many months without reading anything, despite the desire to.
December has been by far my best month and it is where I succeeded in meeting my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 15 books. A small goal but one I’m happy with all the same. Next year, however, I am hoping to expand that number to 52. One book a week, for 52 weeks.
I am also looking to challenge myself next year by attempting to tackle two very different reading challenges. The first by PopSugar and the second by Modern Mrs Darcy. Each challenge pushes the boundaries we readers sometimes place upon ourselves by encouraging you to read books and authors you wouldn’t normally read, e.g. embracing non-fiction and diving into obscure subgenres you might not have heard of before.
My top three favourite reads of 2019; would have to be:
‘The Binding’ by Bridget Collins
‘The Goblins of Bellwater’ by Molly Ringle
‘Still Me’ by Jojo Moyes
I had a good reading year but it definitely can be improved upon. I’ve already come up with some goals for 2020, and can’t wait to smash them.
Have an amazing New Year and I wish you all the best for 2020 – may your goals and dreams be met, and remember to love yourself…always.
Lots of love,
— The Hungry Book Dragon