2019 was a crazily bookish year for me. I’ve never felt more apart of the community, taking part in readathons, memes and competitions. I’m hoping that next year sees an equal amount of success and that I can continue making bookish friends and meet bookworms from all over the world.
Anyway, without further ado, here are my 10 bookish Discoveries of 2019. And if I refer to 2019 as ‘this year’ it’s because I’m still very confused by the new year.
1. I traditionally flock to fantasy but in 2019 I decided to branch out. It was the first year I read a non fiction autobiography, polished off six historical fictions and three classics, started a French novel and even branched out in the realms of fantasy by trying my first few adult fantasy novels. The branching out felt great, really widened my reading palet and some things, like the autobiographies I’ll take to 2020 although some things, like the historical fiction, may just not be for me.
2. I’ve always vaguely known when a new book is coming out in a series and sometimes I’ve even known the release date but 2019 saw me actually knowing about new upcoming releases that were stand-alones or first in a series. I knew release dates, authors bios, covers, about launch parties and promotional material before the book even graced my library catalogue, which is definitely a first for me.
3. In the past I’d been adamant I don’t reread. I didn’t see the point as there were so many new books and worlds for me to discover. I still kind of see this logic but I reread The Raven Boys this year so I could remember the plot ahead of Call Down the Hawk. I wanted to review the original four and dive into the latest installment knowing the old plot.
4. I’ve always had a trusty group of friends (well, mostly one friend) who would give me recommendations a plenty. And usually, she’s never wrong. Anyway in 2019 I got my first recommendation from the interweb, checking out reviews online and Bookstagram pictures that would influence the novels I would pick up.
5. I’ve never done a readathon before. I always thought they sound crazy stressful and that I don’t read enough but in 2019 I tried reading five books in a month all apart of a prompt. I was pretty pleased to have achieved this aim, one of the novels admittedly a slim MG novel, and have already signed up to another in 2020.
6. Yep, until 2019 I’d never listened to a book. I’d always just read them. But it wasn’t just one but a multitude of Audiobooks gracing my ears:
- When Dimple Met Rishi
- The Raven Boys
- The Dream Thieves
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
Prints, Mugs and Badges
7. Swag has always been something of great envy to me. Those colourful fanart prints, cute totes and fluffy fandom blankets always looked so awesome so you can imagine my joy at 2019 being the first year I’ve acquired swag, mostly free from YALC and some from Christmas. The full list is:
- A Mauraunders Colour changing map mug for Christmas
- A Gringotts Dragon metal Earth model also for Christmas
- A Darker Shade of Magic print
- Stalking Jack the Ripper print
- Countless book badges, including On the Come Up, Fangirl, Rebel of the Sands, Children of Blood and Bone, I am Thunder, Slay
- A Hogwarts pin from Harry Potter world
Tracking my Reading
8. I’ve never before known how many books I read in a year. I’ve never set a Goodreads goal and stuck to it before 2019. I managed slightly over my goal, 37 books, and I’m hoping to reach 35 again in 2020
9. Since putting up my review policy I’ve received a good few invitations to read people’s books. Most of which I’m not interested in, for one reason or another. But 2019 saw me accepting my first read from a publisher: Muse of Nightmares, sequel to Strange the Dreamer. And I got the very pretty stained paged hardback!
X. In October I took part in Blogtober. A crazy month of blog writing where I managed to post every day. It was fun, daunting and took a lot of planning but I was very pleased with myself for managing it!
So those are my bookish Discoveries of 2019! What will I discover in 2020? What did you discover last year? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back Friday with another book worm interview and hopefully I’ll have a discussion post up for you all those week.