Tuesday, December 31, 2019

My 2019 Challenge Wrap-Up!

I know you're all dying to know how I did on my challenges this year, so without further ado...πŸ˜‰

The Audiobook Challenge was hosted by Hot Listens & Caffeinated Reviewer. I challenged myself to listen to 30 or more books, which I was able to accomplish! In fact, as of today, I listened to 43 audiobooks in 2019! That's great for me, since I wasn't always a fan of format. I've discovered a lot of really great narrators, and now sometimes search for books based on who reads them (looking at you Steve West, Shane East, Andi Arndt, and Fiona Hardingham).

The 2019 Discussion Challenge was hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight. I challenged myself to create anywhere between 11-20 discussion posts, which I was not able to do this year. Instead of being a Creative Conversationalist, I was more of a Discussion Dabbler, and will be ending 2019 with 5. 
My Goodreads Reading Challenge was both a success and a failure. I really tried to push myself this year, and thought 500 books might be doable based on how many comic and children's books I read (yes, I always count those towards my goal). Alas, I still managed to read 472, and I am totally fine with that. I hate that Goodreads doesn't count it as "completed," because we should always celebrate the number of books read. 
  • I read 63,092 pages across 472 books
  • Shortest book (12 pages): Mr. Snail's Counting Trails by Stuart Lynch
  • Longest book (699 pages): A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
  • Average length: 133 pages
  • My average rating for 2019: 3.8
  • My first review of the year: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (★★☆☆☆)
  • My last review of the year: Spider-Man 2099 #1 by Nick Spencer, Viktor Bogdanovic, Jose Carlos Silva (★★☆☆☆)

Beat the Backlist 2019 was the only other challenge I participated in this year, which was hosted by Novel Knight. I challenged myself to read 100 books that were published in or 2018 or earlier, and managed to read 105! There are so many books out there, and I love that this challenge encourages me to look at the books I already own, instead of focusing on everything that's being released. 

How did you do on your 2019 challenges?


  1. Wow, you did great on your challenges! And I agree, if you've read 1 book or 472 (!!) books, it should all be celebrated.

    1. I read a lot of comics and children's books, which is why that number is so high, but I like to keep up with everything I've read. Sometimes I forget where I'm at in a comic series (those can go on for awhile), and it's always good to have a list of what children's books we've read/own. It's nice to have something to reference when we're out shopping for books (or spending all of my money on Book Outlet)! ;)

  2. You dd so great on your challenges! And almost 500 books in a year is just... wow! Funny that both your first review and last review were two stars.

    1. I noticed that! I didn't start or end with a bang, but I did read a lot of really amazing books last year! <3


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