End of Year Check In (2019)

Well we got here at last, the final day of 2019 and also the last day of this decade! To celebrate the end of the year, I will be looking back at my goals for the year, and seeing which of these I completed, and which I didn’t. So here we go, my goals for 2019 and how I did with them:

1. Complete My Goodreads Challenge-SUCCESS

I set my challenge for 24 books this year to start off with and by the end of the year I had almost doubled that goal. Not only did I read 40 books this year, I beat that by 2, ending with 42 books read ths year, the best I’ve ever done since I started doing this challenge!

2. Complete My #RockMyTBR Challenge-SUCCESS

I managed to read all 12 this year! The last two years I read 11 books on my list and while that was perfectly good, I’m glad that I managed to read all of them this year.

3. Become a 5 star writer for The National Student-SUCCESS

I finished this one all the way back in January and I’m really glad I did because sadly The National Student closed down in August, so it was nice to hit that milestone before it closed down.

4. Continue working on revisions for This Is Not A Love Story in order to prepare it for querying-SUCCESS

Yes, I finished revising and sent queries out over April, May and September. I haven’t had any requests yet, only rejections but here’s hoping that 2020 goes a bit better!

5. Read more non-fiction-SUCCESS

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t read a massive amount, I read 3 books that were non-fiction this year, but considering that I started from a baseline of 0, I’m counting that as a success.

6. Catch up on the 2018 releases I missed-FAIL

Not that I didn’t read any, I got 5 of the books on my list read, but that was out of 16, so I could have done a lot better than I did. I’m going to try and read more of them next year.

7. Unhaul some of my books in preparation for graduation-SUCCESS

Yes, I used Marie Kondo’s method in order to choose what books to get rid of, with the help of my friends earlier in the year. I still have a rather unwieldy book collection, but I’m going to continue working on that next year. Hopefully someday I will be able to keep all my books in one place!

8. Start my Book/Movie comparison feature-SUCCESS

I started this one back in June and have done one post a month since then. It’s been a really fun feature to do, and I’m definitely going to carry it on next year.

9. Focus on backlist books 3 years old or more-FAIL

Yeah this one was kind of wishful thinking. Of the 42 books I read this year, only about 8 of them were published in 2016 or before!

10. Get my Netgalley ratio up to 80%-FAIL

This one really did look like it was going to go well at the beginning of the year, but unfortunately I requested a lot of books at the end of the year and didn’t read many of them, so my ratio went down to 70%. Fingers crossed for next year!

11. Try more audiobooks-SUCCESS

I started reading audiobooks back in July and have read 7 since. I’ve really enjoyed the ones I’ve read this year, and am looking forward to reading more next year.

12. Have more guest posts on the blog-SUCCESS

I had quite a few of these this year, from Madeline Dyer, Amy McCaw and Z.N. Khan, as well as author interviews from Amanda Foody and C.G. Drews. I’ve really enjoyed having other people featured here this year and hope to continue with this next year.

So there we go, that’s how I did on my 2019 goals, 9 out of 12 completed, one less than last year, but I still think I’ve done pretty well. 2019 has been a pretty good year all round really, at least for me, not so great for the world. How about you guys? Did you make any goals for 2019? How did you do on them? Do you have any plans for goals for next year? Let me know in the comments!

You won’t have to wait all that long to find out my 2020 goals, I’ll have them up by the end of the week. In the meantime, I will have my Best Books of 2019 up later today as part of my last TTT of 2019, so stay tuned for that!

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