2019 Book Challenges Wrap-Up

I really thought I was almost done with this post. Apparently, it was all in my head, or I was thinking of a different post. Anyway, let’s finish this up so we can work on 2020 goals!

Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge

Goal: 12 books

Final Result: Read 10 out of 12 books (83%)

I really thought I was going at a good pace, but I think I went into a pretty bad slump last year, and it was really a bad time for me mentally which had a negative effect on a lot of things, including this reading challenge. I think I had a bit of a chance with a surge in reading at the very end of the year, but alas, it wasn’t enough to push me to the success line. It wasn’t too bad of a year reading-wise, all things considered.

Here are the books I finished last 2019:

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  2. The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds [ARC]
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
  4. Bonavere Howl by Caitlin Galway [ARC]
  5. She / Ayesha The Return of She by H. Rider Haggard
  6. The Light Keeper by Cole Moreton [ARC]
  7. The Billionaire Prince’s Nanny by Leslie North [ARC]
  8. The Pomodoro Technique: The Acclaimed Time-Management System That Has Transformed How We Work by Francesco Cirillo
  9. Broken Genius by Drew Murray [ARC]
  10. Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville.

As I’ve said in my reading challenge milestone post, three significant changes that happened in my reading this 2019 were: 1) I started reading nonfiction books, in fact I ended up reading two nonfiction books this year; 2) I started reading ARCs; and 3) I started posting book reviews. Number three was definitely spurred on by number two, although currently I haven’t really read any ARCs and I am quite behind on reviews. My thoughts remain the same regarding the Marie Kondo book, although The Pomodoro Technique was also pretty special to me. I guess the nonfiction reads of 2019 were really good ones for me.

It’s a bit sad that I didn’t quite reach my goal, but I have been reading, and at a steadier pace last year, so that’s still achieving the goal of the challenge. This means, however, that I will be reducing my goal again, and hopefully this 2020 I’ll finally be able to succeed.

Read Harder Challenge 2019

Final Result: 2 out of 24 tasks completed

As I mentioned last year, I don’t really try hard to complete this challenge, because it has some pretty difficult tasks. I just use it to see if some of the things I read end up as qualified for the list here. The two tasks that I completed are the following:

  1. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads – She / Ayesha The Return of She by H. Rider Haggard (As of the time I finished reading the book, this particular edition had zero reviews on Goodreads, which I think is crazy. Perhaps it’s just this particular edition, and other editions have reviews, but this is the one I have, it was published in 2007 and doesn’t have any reviews, so I think it counts for the category.)
  2. A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.

While I’m a bit sad I didn’t reach my 2019 goals, I’m glad that I still finished roughly the same number of books, and have just kept reading in general. I’ll do a separate post on my 2020 reading goals (let’s hope I can post that sooner than later), but I have already started on it, and have finished some books, so that’s fun. How did you do in your reading challenges last 2019? What are your goals for 2020? Did the Covid-19 situation help you in your reading goals? Stay safe, everyone, and let’s keep reading!

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