Happy New Year!
At this time of year, I like to look back over the last 12 months at my year in books and blogging and to roll out some funky graphs. Going into 2019, I made the decision to take on fewer ARCs and blog tours. It was hard at times – there’s rather a lot of temptation, and Netgalley makes it oh so easy to request books to review – but, apart from the odd blip, I stayed firm, and this is something that I intend to continue with in 2020. My Netgalley feedback ratio is currently 100%, and I’m not planning to request anything in the near future. We’ll see how it goes!
This meant that I read more of my own books during 2019, and I enjoyed reading and blogging more. It was certainly more relaxed, as I didn’t feel the need to read a particular book at a certain time or to have my review posted by a certain date. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the books I’m sent for review – I really do! – but it was good to have less pressure in what is, essentially, a hobby.
I read 119 books in 2019, and I posted my favourite books of the year in December (you can see the post here). I don’t set a target for the year, and this figure is around the average for me. Breaking it down further:
Of my blog posts, my most viewed reviews were:
- The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
- Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
- The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
- What You Did by Claire McGowan
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
So there we have it – my reading year!
Here’s to a happy, healthy, and book-filled 2020 ❤