Word Wonders’ Blogging and Reading Round-up – 2019

Round up

Hello friends!

Another year has gone by which means it’s time again for one of my favorite posts to compile, and that’s the end of the year round-up, summary, wrap-up, or whatever you want to call it!! This year was SO WEIRD, because although it started off being one of my greatest years reading and content creating wise (and it objectively still is), the last few months, it all slowly went downhill and I’m not as happy with everything as I was anymore. But OH WELL! It’s okay! Things happen! 2020 is a new year and a good time to strive and hope for better!

Here are my 2016, 2017 and 2018 round-ups if you want to see the evolution of my reader/blogger life!

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General Stats

  • Number of visits: 40.654
  • Number of unique visitors: 22.454
  • Number of posts: 126
  • Number of WP followers: 2.308
  • Number of Twitter followers: 5.831
  • Number of Instagram followers: 1.425

Looking at these stats, I know they’re not the most ever but I’m…really proud of them? Especially when I looked back at my 2018 round-up and how disheartened I was with my stats back then, I’m really satisfied now, bu not just numbers wise. I know that I’ve been slacking the past few months because life got in the way (in a good way) but I worked so hard on my blog last year and launched projects like Muslim Voices Rise Up and (worked on) Color the Shelves, as well as continuing on with Diverse Book Bloggers Discuss (which I’m unfortunately discontinuing this year) and put out so many reviews I was proud of, that I can’t help but still feel pride in everything I’ve done regardless of how things have been going the past couple months.

I also put myself out there and started a Youtube channel that I’m having a lot of fun with, so honestly? It’s been a good blogging year.

Most popular Posts

My favorite Posts

Both the Zodiac Books recs and the love letter to quiet YA are some of my favorites I wrote this year but for the sake of not repeating them, I’ll choose 5 new ones.

My favorite Videos

Book bloggers I discovered and loved

This is how I know I’m REALLY out of touch with the community. I didn’t discover any new blogs this and I haven’t been keeping up with old ones and it makes me REALLY sad. So please recommend me your favorite blogs ❤

 

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General Stats 

  • Number of pages: 34.612
  • Number of books: 105
  • Number of re-reads: (How to Make a Wish – The Forbidden Wish – When the Moon was Ours – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – I’ll Give you the Sun – Under a Painted Sky)
  • Series completed: I…uh…four? yeah. It’s bad. I finished The Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole, Ravenswood by Talia Hibbert, Want by Cindy Pon and Feverwake by Victoria Lee. I say its’s bad because I have 20+ ongoing series…

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  • How did I like the books I read?

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Honestly, even though it seems like I liked most the books I read, this was a very mediocre reading year quality wise. The “recommend” books were okay reads for me, not ones I loved but they were…fine, I guess? So when you look at it this way, I loved less than half the books I read in 2019. So in 2020, I want to:

    • Be more intentional about the books I pick up.
    • Be more liberal with DNFing books.
    • Prioritize quality over quantity, which means I’ll probably be reading less books (plus, I have a lot less time to read).
  • Genres

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My other section is 10% bigger than it was last year, which isn’t much but it also means that I’ve slowly started broadening the genres I read and I’m really happy about that!

  • Age groups

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First, I’m really glad Middle grade is actually present in this graph, that’s better than the zero from last year. My New Adult and Young Adult percentages are actually the exact same as last year but my Adult one is slightly lesser, which makes me sad because I want to move towards reading MORE adults books, since reading a majority of YA didn’t really work in my favor this year, to see if my taste moving away from YA is what caused me to not have a really good reading year. So this year, I really want to try and read more Adult books, especially outside of romance. Since as of right now, most adult books I read are romance. Ideally, I want to get YA down to 45-50%.

  • Formats

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I was so surprised at how little eBooks I read this year? Especially since last year it was more or less a quarter for each format. But to be fair, most Arcs I read are in e-format, but still I REALLY sucked at reading eBooks I actually bought even though there are quite a few I’m really interested in. But also…I have such a huge physical TBR… I should probably get to that too.

  • Year released

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I’m actually surprised and happy almost half the books I read weren’t new releases. Especially since I didn’t want to focus on new releases only in 2019, so it seems like I achieved my goal.

  • Authors

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This is another graph that surprised me because I did not realize more than 60% of the books I read were by Indigenous authors or Authors of Color. That being said, I want to make this percentage even bigger in 2020.

Favorite and least favorite books 

Most disappointing books 

A video all about these books and why they were disappointing will be uploaded at the end of the week, so keep a look out for that if you’re interested!!

Most Surprising books

Favourite new authors/ new to me

  • Victoria Lee (!!!!!)
  • Alyssa Cole

Favourite Covers 

Books with Beautiful Prose

Books that made me laugh 

Books that made me cry

Books with #Squadgoals

Books with my OTPs

  • Lucy and Catherine from The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics.
  • Olu and Griffin from Work for It.
  • Noam and Dara from The Fever King.

Mendatory Reading for everyone

Victoria Lee - The Fever King

What I mean by mandatory is that if you can handle the triggers in this book, PLEASE read it. It tackles so many important issues like intergenerational trauma, abuse, mental illness, undocumented immigrants and so much more. It’s also a brilliantly crafted book with a concept that blends magic and science seamlessly.


That’s it until next time.

How Did your Reading and Blogging year go?  

How Many Books Did you Read? And Which Books belong in these categories for you?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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22 thoughts on “Word Wonders’ Blogging and Reading Round-up – 2019

  1. I think your views to visitors ratio is really good. It seems most people read 2 of your posts before leaving. That’s great! I’m going to check out some of your popular posts and your review of Gideon the Ninth. I’ve seen so much hype about it. I hope it wasn’t problematic so I may still try it. I’ve still not read Weight of the Stars or Fever King 🙈😅
    Great wrap-up Fadwa!

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    • Eeh yeah that’s true! but i know that if i hadn’t slacked that would be 20 to 30k higher but it’s okay 😅
      It’s not problematic, it was just a bit of a letdown for me!!
      thank youu! and PLEASE READ THE BOOKS!

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  2. My reading and blogging year was kind of meh? I started of really strong, just as you, but then life happened.. I ‘only’ read 72 books but I did find a new favorite: From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata. Hopefully 2020 will be a better year. I’m excited!

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  3. I read about 74 books and DNF 3. (Not all DNF are forever, one The Gift is simply causing to much anxiety, see phycological thriller attempt). Reading wise for me this is good, not the best, but good. Because there is school and life happens. Hopefully my health and my families health will be better in 2020 and school and reading will go better. I wrote this not my cat who is trying to help me write this.

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  4. Okay, I don’t read a lot of romance, but…your reaction to Lady’s Guide! Long story short I now have 4 more books on my GoodReads TBR list and 2 of them are romances.

    (Will I ever actually read them??? That’s the real question.)

    I f i n a l l y got around to reading The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and OH MY G O O D N E S S it was so good! I didn’t expect to love it so much between romance and first-person present narration but HOLY SHIT. God, it was so good. Especially the histories!!! UGHHHHHHHH. I can’t wait to read it again.

    I also f i n a l l y read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which totally blew me away, and! the family! dynamics! were just! SO GOOD. I’m reading Angie Thomas’ other novel now, but since school starts back up Monday and I’ve spent the last week and a half doing homework in preparation and still have more to go, it might be a while until I finish it. >.<

    I didn't read tons in 2019 (except academically, rip), but I feel like as far as fiction goes I probably read more recently-published books than I normally do? And I'm sure I also read more books that I've never read before. I mean well, but…I am a voracious re-reader.

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    • Omg my job here is done haha! If you’re not used to reading romance Lady’s Guide is a really good place to start.

      I’m really glad you liked both those books! The Hate U Give is a modern classic for sure!! On the Come Up is really good too, especially the audiobook!

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      • I can imagine! The rapping in the audiobook must be a m a z i n g. It’s so crazy to me how Angie Thomas not only wrote such a great story but *also* wrote rap lyrics!

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  5. My blogging and reading year was okay – I read “only” 50-ish books in 2019, but I was very insecure about blogging in English at first, so getting comfortable with that was a pretty big win for me ! I’m hoping to read a bit more this year, and have a better blogging year overall. Wishing you a great one too ! 😊

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  6. I feel like I grew a lot as a blogger in 2019, it was the first full year that I took my blog seriously. I did end up slacking from October to the end of December, but I’ve made sure to come right back and start posting regularly again 😀 I read 26 books last year, so I hit my goal of what I can manage between school and work. I enjoyed a lot of the books I read, I even reread The Poet X during the year

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  7. Congratulations on your progress! I admire you so much for starting your own booktube channel. I have one I manage with a friend, and even with his help, we’re not very good at uploading content on a set schedule since we’re both super busy. I underestimated just how much work goes into it, so I think you’re amazing for taking the leap!

    As for books, I read 50ish books this year. Some I think I forgot to add in GR, so I can’t be completely sure! By the way, how are you liking The Duchess Deal? I love Tessa Dare’s books!

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    • thank you so much 🥰 it’s definitely a lot more work than i anticipated but i’m also enjoying it so much so i don’t see myself stopping anytime soon!!

      The Duchess Deal was okay!! i did enjoy it but it read so similar to Romancing the Duke that it deemed my enjoyment a little bit!i’m looking forward to reading the other two books in the series though!!

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  8. Congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished in the past year, Fadwa, it seems like it has been a pretty great blogging year and I’ve been loving the new content you’ve been putting out, too. And yay for launching your booktube channel last year, too, I’m really happy you’re having fun with it all and hope this continues 🙂 I’m also glad we share some favorites, like We Set The Dark on Fire and The Fever King (I’m going to read The Electric Heir soon, I can’t wait!)
    I hope 2020 will be a fantastic year to you 🙂

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