i looked at my recap for 2018 and officially am mad at myself for starting this trend. Now I have standards to uphold. yikes.
but seriously, standards aside, just getting this post published before 2020 happens in a minor miracle. So yay for new jobs and being existentially lazy.
And while i do think my wrap up post from last year was more detailed, I’m happy with what I did with this year’s. More simplified, more about what I care about sharing, and not as overwhelming to write.
obviously, this is supposedly a book blog so we have to chat about all the books I read this year. And since it’s the holiday season, I’ll chat about my favorite books. Because being cheerful is part of the holiday mood, right?
My Top Three Favorite Reads from this Year
Red, White and Royal Blue – cue no one being surprised this is one of my favorite books of 2019. every time i read this treasure, I become emotional and hopeful. I’m not joking when i say that on average, I’ve reread this book once a month the past seven months.
Wayward Son – the book i just did not expect to end up on my favorite three books of the year list. But I loved this sequel probably even more than the original, Carry On. I keep thinking about this story (and reading fanfiction, because i am weak)
Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope – Megan’s story just won’t ever leave me. it’s entirely gripping and affected me deeply.
And yes, i considered sharing the three most disappointing books of the year. But i don’t really like to be negative on my yearly wrap up. So instead, check out this post where I chat about my expectations and disappointments from this year.
And a small announcement, I didn’t meet my original goodreads goal. I spent two months moving to a new job and didn’t read much those months AT ALL. And that’s okay! I read 75+ books this year and that’s a lot of books.
As you can see, the winter and early spring was rather steady. Almost eight books a month.
Until May. then my goodreads goal just fell apart. Graduating college can do that. Also I still have not figured out how I read 18 books in July. I’m going to be questing my summer sanity for the rest of my life.
As you can see, I rate most of the books I read four stars. Because I’m not really THAT picky. Maybe I should be a more discerning reader but I studied journalism, not English. in no way whatsoever do i claim to be a literary critic.
And 2019 was definitely the year of contemporary reading! But I don’t expect that to change very much in the near future.
Mainly because I really love contemporary books, especially when they’re written by BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors – the stories they write are so incredible and poignant to read. And because I’m also invested in writing contemporary, and it’s good to read the genre you are writing. 🙂
so well, let’s chat about how 2019 went for this corner of the internet. We paid for our annual subscription fees without loosing too much sleep. Just two phone calls asking for a delay on my payment deadline 🙃
But besides my monetary troubles, I doubled my monthly stats. *nearly* For the first part of the year, my monthly stats were nearly all double the previous year. But things didn’t stay double the whole year, which makes sense because my posts were more sporadic in the fall. Step away from regular posting and surprise! you get fewer viewers.
Now, I am excited about the variety of published posts from this past year. I wrote some travel diary kind of posts, published book reviews around once a month, and posted some creative brainstorming posts.
Publishers SENT me books for the first time! And I feel bad because every three months or so I have to send all these emails that my address changed AGAIN. But I just signed a lengthy lease so *fingers crossed* my address will be semi-permanent for a while.
And on a little rabbit trail, I really enjoyed incorporating more multi-media into my blog. I bought a vlogging camera when I graduated in May and taking video and editing has been so much fun. And yes, I was living in Orlando which is arguably a very great city to film all the time. But I’m determined to keep vlogging even if I don’t still live in an iconic instagrammable mouse capitol.
Some interesting tidbits from my stats page. If seeing stats bores you, scares you, or just isn’t your thing, feel free to skip!
What completely blew me away this year is a random review I wrote was just incredibly popular. I don’t prioritize writing book reviews like I probably should and seeing my review for Queen of Air and Darkness pull in so many views always astonished me.
Now, what’s kind of surprising to me is how few of these posts were published THIS year. Only two of these blog posts were from 2019. Which is a quick lesson to me – the work you put in a long time ago still matters today.
Also what a big random leap from my top blog post – 5,000 views to 341 views for the next most popular 😂
And yes, I attempted to alliterate these content dividers so we called it BIZ and not just life stuff. You’re welcome.
Okay, so y’all know a lot can happen in 365 days. And sometimes you can have a small idea about what a year might bring but when it comes to day to day experience, it just ends up being so much more than you even imagined.
So obviously a big part of my 2019 was My College Graduation! Graduating college is one of those life goals that I’m honestly so happy to just mark off the necessary life bucket list. Do I miss going the classes? Yes. But i definitely don’t miss the stress of grades or not knowing what’s going to happen after graduation.
Now I know not everyone gets the chance to both attend and graduate from school, and I’m just super grateful this happened for me. But also, now I have this massive future goal of paying off all these student loans, so we’ll see how that starts to work out in 2020.
After graduation, y’all probably know I went to work at Disney! A job in a newsroom hadn’t opened up at that point, and Disney seemed like a good thing to have on my resume. And something to do while i applied to grad school or jobs in my field.
Now I have mixed feelings about the whole overall experience of working for disney – basically it’s cheap labor for the company and free entertainment for all of us working there. But while I have conflicted thoughts, I’m grateful for the overall time I had in Orlando. Also all the pictures I took, totally a great investment. And I’ll always have Disney on resume and that’s definitely a plus in the communications industry.
New Job! And yes, I ended 2019 with a brand new job in journalism! I’m working as a producer in a local newsroom and it’s going great so far. But literally, I’ve only worked there twelve days. That’s barely over a week. but it happened in 2019 so YAY.
And on the very last day of this month, I’m moving to my brand new apartment. I was so happy to sign a lease and start the process of moving to my own place WITHOUT ROOMMATES. So, wow, adulting has some amazing benefits. Just takes a while to actually start seeing those life perks happen.
Can 1200 words really sum up a whole year? not at all. But it’s a small try. At this point, all my instagram feed is people sharing their decade wrapped, and frankly, it is getting annoying. So maybe, you won’t read this post because there are tons of wrap ups happening right now.
Everywhere. But if you did, thank you! I hope it was slightly interesting. Do i have a 2020 goals post coming out? Um, yes, because I do LOVE sharing about my goals and you can believe when I see I’m meticulously planning this post. As in, I’ve already written 500 words and bought a planner. So stay tuned for more red headed chaos.
something you’re proud of from the last 300+ days?
something new you started in 2019? anything that happened that surprised you? one word you’d use to describe 2019?